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LIT 4930: Florida Lit and Culture

Class 9:Visit to Special Collections with Melanie Griffin

Wild Heart of Florida (read opening sections through excerpt from A Land Remembered, p. 10)
DUE: Post 5 group B, Response Group A

Class Objectives:

    Begin posts on Wild Heart of Florida
    Learn about Florida Special Collections and research opportunities in USF Library

Notes and Discussion Questions:

    Class will meet on the fourth floor of USF Library, in Special Collections.

    Continue to map your readings; this is particularly enlightening with the writings in Wild Heart which are specifically located.
    What do you learn from this exercise? Doing this may give us a different appreciation for place and inform our field trip to either the USF Botanical Garden or Lettuce Lake Park.

    For your post, please begin thinking about the construction of natural places in Florida with the readings in Wild Heart of Florida.

    Compare and contrast the representation of nature in the writings in earlier works, such as the poetry of Bishop and Stevens, with Wild Heart of Florida. What do they have in common? How do they differ in terms of representation?

    How would you describe the stylistic worlds represented in the Wild Heart essays? Choose two different examples to demonstrate a range of approaches to representing the environment.

    In the preface, Debbie Drake makes the claim that "the destruction of wild lands impacts humans as well. Our quality of life diminishes as natural areas are replaced with subdivisions and commercial sites" (x). Evaluate this claim as a basis for the ethical motivations of the text.

    What role do artists and writers play in the environmental movement?

    Consider Susan Cerulean's comments on the importance of "restorying" Florida for the human inhabitants. Why is this important for the care of the environment? How might this contribute to a sense of "home"?

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