OSHR 1856 - How to Read Nature Writing

  • Noncredit
  • Fort Collins

This course is offered through the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at Colorado State University. You must be a member of Osher to enroll in this course.

Nature writing emerged as a discrete genre of American literature in the late 1800s and gained considerable popularity in the early 1900s. After a period of "nature fakery" promulgated by "nature fakers" with neither biological knowledge nor literary scruples, the genre gained due credibility.

A century later, American nature writing enjoys its greatest momentum but not without complication. Nature writing remains poorly defined in the context of American literary scholarship. Further, cultural perception and academic reality often clash, and self-publishing frequently lacks the benefits of independent review and editing. This class will provide standards by which nature writing - book, magazine, website, blog, or interpretive sign along a trail - can be objectively evaluated.

Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.