Variable Topic ENGL Courses

Variable topic courses are those that change topic from term to term. Here you will find the course descriptions for variable topic ENGL courses being offered in the Fall term of 2014.

ENGL 323 section 001 - Gleaning, Food Security and Agriculture

Eva Thury, PhD

Gleaning is "the act of collecting leftover crops from farmers' fields after they have been commercially harvested or on fields where it is not economically profitable to harvest" (Wikipedia). Students in this course will experience gleaning in the field, as well in films, novels, television shows and historical studies. In addition to the hands-on experience in the fields, the course will focus on gleaning in other ways. We will study and discuss agriculture, food security, and gleaning from a variety of critical perspectives, while examining the cultural context of the works we read. We will tentatively be in the fields on the following days: 9/29, 10/6, 10/13. On those days we will meet in New Jersey, at A.T. Buzby Farm in Woodstown, NJ. There will be transportation from Drexel, leaving at 7:30 AM and returning to Drexel at 1:00 PM. The rest of the time we will meet at the Dornsife Center, 3509 Spring Garden Street.