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Final Project: Audience

December 1, 2016

As you begin to compost and develop your final project, your exploration in ecocriticism,  you can look back to the heuristic I introduced when reading Dillard: particle-wave-field, a way to think ecologically about rhetoric (and rhetorically about ecology). Use this to generate and organize some initial ideas, and to move between simple and complex.

You can also think about audience, where and for whom you might publish your work beyond this class. Remember how we began long ago, with Thoreau at the beginning of Walden, thinking about his audience.

You all will be publishing the final project on your blog–and then linking it to the Class Magazine I will set up on my blog. So, that is your most immediate audience. Here is a look at the Magazine from years past.

Other venues and models to consider:

Literary House: Warner Prize

Washington College Review (and other campus publications)

Orion Magazine: submission guidelines

Environmental Humanities

Edge Effects


A Photographic essay, such as Fraking Rachel Carson.

or inspiration from this site that published a collection of 21st-century American landscape photography.

A hybrid web text/exhibit/science experiment: Natural History of the Engima (think Thoreau’s echoing of Goethe’s natural philosophy of the leaf).

Video projects. There are the full-length documentaries, of course–a burgeoning venue for exploring environmental topics: Grizzly Man; Food, Inc; King Corn; The Cove…

But as a beginning, think of a smaller video project to begin exploring a topic or perspective.

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