ENGL 070R. River Stories


(Cross-listed as ENVS 045B  )
The Delaware River is the longest free-flowing river east of the Mississippi: it is also a repository of American history, from Washington's midnight crossing during the Revolutionary War through Indian massacres through the era of pollution and the effects of the Clean Water Act. Twelve upper-class students will have the opportunity to spend time on the river before the start of the semester: we'll take 7-10 days to canoe and/or kayak, camp, explore ecosystems and natural history, visit water treatment centers, write, and gather media (photos, video, sound files). In addition to a traditional English paper and a research essay on environmental issues affecting the Delaware River, students will keep field journals and write poetry, short fiction, and non-fiction prose.  One or more of these creative pieces will be turned into a digital story; several will be added to a communal memory map of the Delaware.
Graded CR/NC. Limited to 12.
Eligible for ENVS, ESCH
Catalog chapter: English Literature  
Department website: https://www.swarthmore.edu/english-literature


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