I am a poet and academic currently based in Vancouver. I hold a PhD in English from the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa) and a Master of Arts in Modern Literature and Culture from the University of York (United Kingdom). Before joining UBC, I taught a humanities-breadth course in the Faculty of Environment at Simon Fraser University. In South Africa I taught at the University of the Witwatersrand – teaching English Literature to Arts students and Critical Thinking and Composition to Engineering and Architecture students. My research focuses on the crossover between urban spaces, literature, and the environment. I am particularly interested in postapartheid/post-transitional South African literature(s), urban geography, gold rush imaginaries, postcolonial ecocriticism, and writing pedagogy. Recent examples of my work can be found in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature, Safundi, English Studies in Africa and the Cambridge Journal of Education.

This course will examine how the environment has been represented and can be read from different disciplinary perspectives. It will also introduce students to modern environmental thought by examining seminal and influential texts that have transformed human understanding of the environment across different disciplines and modes of knowledge production. Students will read scholarly texts in their historical, disciplinary, and socio-political contexts, thereby learning how the methodologies and the disciplinary apparatus used to read the environment, as well as how to map and represent human-nature relations, differ from one discipline to the next.

Required textbook:

Academic Writing: An Introduction by Giltrow

ISBN:  9781554811878

3rd Ed.