Histories and courses (including my own) devoted to the study of literature oftentimes introduce personages, institutions, and works divorced from any sense of the spaces in which the lives and the events took place. Inviting students to combine their readings of history, religion, and literature with a phenomenological examination of features of the landscape may lead them to consider the ways in which the environment not only influences the shape of human events but becomes a source of the images through which the world is conceptualized and interpreted. Increased awareness of the environment invites us to depart from our accustomed niches of specialization, cross interdisciplinary lines, and view our subjects from new vantage points. The following article inquires into ways in which landscape might be studied from the perspective of the humanities.
Creating Courses on the Environment from Asian Perspectives: Visualizing Nature in Japan