As soon as I saw this beautiful game I wanted to play it in my classes. Fortunately, Steam was generous to give us enough keys to try. I was personally more interested in getting lost in the visuals than I was in writing, but my students loved it and produced excellent work. This game is gorgeous, but I recommend it for a more practical reason as well: versatility. We played in in my Creative Writing SF class, but I now want to try it with Literature and the Environment, Literary Theory, and—if I ever get to teach it—a class on Experimental Narratives. It could work for any course that emphasizes composition, rhetoric, and creative expression. A big thumb’s up.
Reading: Lynn White, Jr: “The historical roots of our ecologic crisis” by Lynn White Jr (in the Ecocriticism Reader)
Prompt: Lynn White’s essay is filled with controversial theses, all of which tend to criticize the Judeo-Christian religious tradition. Read the essay, locate one such assertion, and offer a refutation of it or further support for it in one succinct paragraph. To get full credit you must proofread, cite from the text, and have a coherent argument.
Writing: Graded assignment (Creative).
1-2 pages, free-form. The “Land of Cockaigne” is a natural, utopian paradise that has persisted since antiquity. For this short assignment, describe your own version of the “Cockaigne.”