Course Description

"Courses focus on literature produced outside the United States in locations affected by imperial expansion. Specific themes or topics might include Literatures of the Asian Diaspora, Latin American Literature and Cinema, or Literature of Europe's Borders. All topics include literature in at least three genres (selected from poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama). May be repeated for credit if topics differ."

See Section Notes for additional details about what topics this course will cover for this specific offering.


This course is available for undergraduate credit. Students must possess a high school diploma and must be an adult age 18 or older to participate.
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Section Title
Climate Change and Global Literature
Th, T
1:00PM to 4:45PM
Jun 30, 2022 to Aug 16, 2022
Schedule and Location
Contact Hours
  • Emerson College
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Undergraduate Tuition credit (4 units) $3,176.00
Potential Discount(s)
Available for Credit
4 units
Drop Request Deadline
Aug 14, 2022
Transfer to a Different Course
No transfer request allowed after enrollment
Section Notes

Instructor: Rituparna Mitra

This course examines the emerging genre of climate change fiction (popularly known as “cli-fi”) with a focus on global literature. We explore how writers from different regions at the forefront of climate-induced change (including the Global South) and of varying backgrounds (in terms of nationality, race, gender, class, etc.) expand our thinking about climate change and our global environmental crisis in generative ways. We pay special attention to postcolonial and indigenous writers who interrogate and re-imagine human-environment relationships and offer pathways to survival in degraded environments. We ask what roles literature and art play in thinking and acting critically in the context of climate change, and in envisioning more just climate futures.

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