Module Details

LT904-7-SP-CO: The New Nature Writing

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Year: 2017/18
Department: Literature, Film, and Theatre Studies
Essex credit: 20
ECTS credit: 10
Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students: Yes
Full Year Module Available to Study Abroad / Exchange Students for a Single Term: No
Outside Option: No

Supervisor: Dr James Canton
Teaching Staff: Dr James Canton
Contact details: LiFTS Taught Team - email Telephone 01206 872626

Module is taught during the following terms
Autumn Spring Summer

Module Description

"In every outthrust headland, in every curving beach, in every grain of sand there is a story of the earth" Rachel Carson

The New Nature Writing approaches writing about the natural world through a series of threeweek units on subjects such as trees, marshes, coasts, and birds. Each unit will begin with a focus on the local - the wild east of Essex and Suffolk - before moving outwards to larger perspectives. Several of the units will involve field trips led by the writers being studied, which will include such figures as Richard Mabey and Robert Macfarlane.

Learning and Teaching Methods

Weekly 2-hour seminar


100 per cent Coursework Mark


One 5000-word essay


  • Key texts for reading:
  • Mark Cocker, Crow Country [2007]
  • Roger Deakin, Wildwood: a Journey through Trees [2007]
  • Roger Deakin, Notes from Walnut Tree Farm [2008]
  • Richard Mabey, Nature Cure [2005]
  • Richard Mabey, Beechcombings: The Narrative of Trees [2007]
  • Robert Macfarlane, The Old Ways [2012]
  • Helen Macdonald, H is for Hawk [2014]
  • Kathleen Jamie, Findings: Essays on the Natural and Unnatural World [2005]
  • Kathleen Jamie, Sightlines [2012]
  • Alice Oswald, Dart [2002]
  • Jules Pretty, This Luminous Coast [2011]

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