Outdoor Literature


Course Schedule





Outdoor Literature Course :  Schedule for 2018

Note:  You'll need to have Into Thin Air read by the end of the Thanksgiving vacation.  If you will be travelling, or won't have time during the holiday, you'll want to read the book sometime prior to Thanksgiving.

Tue.  Oct 9.  Pre-course Introduction.  Classroom attendance is optional.  Outdoor History.  Generations. Wilderness Concepts.  All of the information is found here:  Background Reading & Notes

Thur.  Oct 11.  Pre-course Introduction.  Classroom attendance is optional.  Journal of a Trapper by Osborne Russell. (First Chapter in our textbook Anthology of the Outdoor Experience, pages 3-6.) It's best to read this selection directly from the Anthology since it includes helpful notes, but I also have an on-line version here: Osborne Russell

Tue.  Oct 16.  First official day of class.  Attendance required.  Discuss landscape painting concepts.  Paintings by Thomas Cole, Albert Bierstadt, Thomas Moran.  Photographs by William Henry Jackson.  Reading assignment: read Thoreau's Walden, second chapter in the Anthology (pp 7-24).  If you do not have the Anthology yet, you can read it here: Thoreau   The Thoreau reading must be done for Thursday's class.  Additionally, Background Reading and Osborne Russell (first chapter in the Anthology) must be done by Tuesday's class next week.

Thur.  Oct 18.  Thoreau reading due.  Discuss Thoreau:  the concepts of transcendentalism, his experiences at Walden Pond, metaphors and symbols found in his writing, and famous Thoreau passages.  Reading assignment: Mark Twain, third chapter in the Anthology (pp. 25-34). If you would like to view on-line color versions of the maps included in the chapter, they are found here: Map #1. Map #2.  (Note: if you do not have the Anthology yet, you can find the reading here:  Twain.)  The Twain reading assignment is due by Tuesday's class next week, along with Background Reading Notes #1 and Osborne Russell (first chapter in the Anthology).

Tue.  Oct 23.  Twain reading due AND Background Reading AND Osborne Russell (First Chapter) due.  Discuss Twain readings.  Assignment: Edward Whymper and the Matterhorn, third chapter in the Anthology (pp. 35-46).  An on-line color version of the climbing route included in the chapter is found here: Map.  If you do not have the Anthology yet, you can read it here:  Whymper.  (Be sure to pick up the Anthology at the bookstore.  Because of copyright restrictions, no more reading assignments can be posted on-line.)

Thur.  Oct 25.  Whymper reading due.  Discuss the Whymper reading.  Information on early mountaineering.  Watch the first half of a video on John Wesley Powell.  Assignment:  Wallace Stegner AND John Wesley Powell in the Anthology (pp. 47-64). On-line color versions of the maps included in the chapter: Map #1Map #2.

Tue.  Oct 30.  Stegner AND Powell reading due.  Powell discussion.  Second half of Powell video.  Assignment: Isabella Bird AND John Muir in the Anthology (pp. 65-84). Color version of the map: Map.

Thur.  Nov 1.  Bird AND Muir reading due.  Isabella Bird discussion.  John Muir discussion.   No assignment.  Prepare for Mid Course Test.

Tue.  Nov 6.  Mid Course Test.   Assignment: Mary Kingsley in the Anthology (pp. 85-94).  Color version of the map: Map.

Thur.  Nov 8.  Kingsley reading due.  Discuss Mary Kingsley.  Discuss Jack London's  To Build a Fire.  Discuss Robert Service's The Cremation of Sam McGee. (Jack London & Robert Service will be read in class. Both are found on pages 95-108 in the Anthology).   Assignment  Robert Scott in the Anthology (pp. 109-116). Color version of the map: Map.


Tue.  Nov 13.  Scott reading due.  Lecture on the history of Arctic Exploration.  Scott Discussion.  Assignment:  Ernest Shackleton in the Anthology (pp. 117-128). Color version of the map: Map.

Thur.  Nov 15.  Shackleton reading due.  Shackleton discussion.  Video on Shackleton.  Assignment: Complete Reading of Into Thin Air.


Nov 19-23. Thanksgiving Holliday -  No Classes - Assigment Note: if you haven't already, be sure to complete the reading of Into Thin Air

Tue.  Nov 27.  Into Thin Air reading due.  Lecture on Everest History.  Mallory discussion.  Mallory film.  Into Thin Air Discussion.  Assignment: Aldo Leopold AND Sigurd Olson in the Anthology (pp. 129-136)

Thur.  Nov 29.   Leopold AND Olson reading due.  Lecture on conservation history.  Olson & Leopold Discussion.  Assignment:  Edward Abbey AND Colin Fletcher in the Anthology (pp. 137 - 148)

Tue.  Dec 4.  Abbey AND Fletcher reading due.  Abbey and Fletcher Discussion.  Abbey Film.  Assignment:  Blackadar in the Anthology (pp 149-165).

Thur.  Dec 6.  Blackadar reading due.  Blackadar Discussion.  Blackadar Film.  Contemporary Writers (Annie Dillard, David Hayes, Pam Houston, Ann Weiler Walka, Terry Tempest Williams, etc.).  Best Reading Lists.

December 10-14.  Finals


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