Eng. 200 California Cultural Analysis Spring 2002
Section 1 meets Thursday from 4:00 - 6:40 in Nichols 166
Schedule of Topics, Assigned Readings and Activities

1

Jan. 31

Intro to course; Fate of Nature in the Golden State

Handouts

2

Feb. 7

California's Natural Environment; A Natural State; Indian Lands
RESPONSE PAPER #1 DUE

Merchant: Chapter 1 & 2
Yogi: pp 1 - 23
Gilbar: Introduction and The Creation, pp 1-18

3

Feb. 14

Are we 500 miles from Mexico? Or are we five hours from New York?
Spanish and Russian Frontiers

Davis: Begin The Ecology of Fear
Merchant: Chapter 3
Yogi: pp 189-212
Gilbar: The Mountains, pp 21-63

4

Feb. 21

Mountains of California
Japanese Culture in the Central Valley
Environmental Impacts of the Gold Rush
From the Portuguese
RESPONSE PAPER #2 DUE

Gilbar: The Mountains, pp 64-89
Yogi: pp 80-88; pp 129-131
Merchant: Chapter 4
Yogi: pp 99-104

5

Feb. 28

Hills and Valleys of California
Sonoma Mountain;
Forests Transformed

Merchant: Chapter 5;
Gilbar: The Hills and Valleys, pp.129-149

6

Mar. 7

Hills, Valleys and Fog;
Rangelands Exploited
RESPONSE PAPER #3 DUE

Gilbar: The Hills and Valleys, pp.129-149
Merchant: Chapter 6

7

Mar. 14

MIDTERM EXAM #1
Remnants of the Natural Landscape
Building the Hydraulic Empire

Gilbar: The Hills and Valleys, pp. 150-186
Merchant: Chapter 7 Davis: ContinueThe Ecology of Fear

8

Mar. 21

The Desert Country
From Family Farm to Agribusiness
Farmworkers' Plight
RESPONSE PAPER #4 DUE

Gilbar: The Desert, pp 189-212; pp 330-336
Merchant: Chapter 8
Yogi: pp 223-231

9

Mar. 28

The Great Central Valley: Yesterday and Today
Preserving Parks

Yogi: pp 25-31; pp 59-64; pp 80-98
Merchant: Chapter 9

10

April 4

SPRING BREAK

NO CLASSES

11

April 11

Chinese Walls
Battles Over Energy
RESPONSE PAPER #5 DUE

Yogi: pp 379-387; pp 121-128
Merchant: Chapter 10

12

April 18

More Themes of Energy
California Cities

Yogi: pp 315-316
Merchant: Chapter 11

13

April 25

MIDTERM EXAM #2
Los Angeles vs Central Valley Cities
California and the Rise of Environmental Issues

Davis: Finish The Ecology of Fear
Yogi: pp 286-292
Merchant: Chapter 12

14

May 2

Water Issues/Land Issues
Contemporary Environmental Movements
RESPONSE PAPER #6 DUE

Gilbar: pp 219-234
Merchant: Chapter 13

15

May 9

Coming into the Watershed

Gilbar: pp 355-367

16

May 16

Give out Takehome Final Exam
Completion (or a place for a New Beginning) of our Literary Journey through California
RESPONSE PAPER #7 DUE

Yogi: p 304, pp 360-361, pp 394-396

17

May 23

Final Exam 5:00 - 6:40

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Marilyn I. Cannon, Feb 1, 2002