Literature and the Land (Honors)
Taught by Amy Wood
Writer, philosopher, and small farmer Wendell Berry boldly asserts, “If you don’t know where you are, you don’t know who you are.” During our semester together, we will explore this idea of a fundamental connection between self, community, and place. To what degree are we shaped by the places we come from – and are in? How does this connection reflect differing eras and voices? Given the complex challenges our world faces, it is more essential than ever that we live in right relationship with nature, but what would such a relationship look like? Are we 21st century humans part of, or apart from, the natural world? What role can “sense of place” play in forging a just ethic with regard to our communities, both human and beyond? We will reflect, too, on personal and immediate topics: what is happening here at Chewonki and how do our individual experiences relate to larger issues? Whether it involves harvesting potatoes at the farm, waking up in a tent in the North Woods, or investigating each of the five points on our peninsula, daily life at Chewonki will inform the reading, writing, and talking we do in class.