Ross-Blakley Hall (RBH) 210
PO Box 871401, TEMPE CAMPUS
1102 S McAllister Ave | Tempe, AZ 85281
Dear Potential Students,
I find that in the classroom, I am inspired by my students as, I hope, in turn they are inspired by me.
I teach undergraduate and graduate courses in environmental literary criticism, environmental justice critical theory, climate fiction, food justice and food systems, ethnic American literatures and global indigenous studies. My courses focus on the environmental humanities, film and theory. I encourage students to develop a creative critical consciousness in regard to environmental and social justice issues with an eye towards coming to an understanding of what “intergenerational justice” might mean.
I am the Director of the Environmental Humanities Certificate. This is an undergraduate certificate program at ASU which offers a humanities-based approach to exploring the relationship between human culture and the environment.
I direct the work of PhD, MA, Honors, and undergraduate students in environmental humanities, feminist theory, cultural studies, science studies, food systems, indigenous studies, and sustainability studies. Also, I work with my students to develop proper professional etiquette as they prepare for career opportunities.
The two sub-pages to this section will give you an idea of some of the books and films that I use in my classes; however, keep in mind I often change texts in order to provide fresh and current classroom material.
Best, Professor Joni Adamson
To gain a perspective on the long tradition of creative nonfiction, students in this course read the related literary genres of memoir, autobiography, life storytelling, and personal narrative from diverse national and international contexts. Each of our texts takes equal account of the natural world and the physical and mental structures of human life and society, experience, and imagination. We also examine how diverse writers explore ideas/theories of home, nature, health, human-animal relationship, social difference, eco-colonialism, poverty, natural resource depletion, and climate justice.
What is the role of the imagination—and specifically literature and film--in protecting biological diversity, minimizing human health risks, and using resources sustainably? Can the environmental humanities move us towards something that environmental ethicists and scientists have called “humane sustainable culture,” or culture in which nature-protection is worked out in conjunction with efforts to improve the well-being of billions of humans around the world?
This is a course in critical theory. The focus of this class is on ecocriticism, an emerging field in literary and cultural studies. It explores the development of the field from postmodernism to critical environmental justice theory. We’ll contextualize our discussion by looking back to the abolition movement and forward to the Earth Charter and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Evaluates literary texts and films that address interconnected cultural, historical, and environmental issues. General Studies: L and HU.
Evaluates literary texts and films addressing the diverse cultures of the American South West. General Studies: (L & HU) & C.