ENGL 800 (M1) - Science & Sensation 19th-C Lit

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2018 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (08/27/2018 - 12/17/2018)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   2  
CRN: 17097
Students in the MAT, MEd, and MST programs, as well as non-degree students, can register for graduate course work in English under this number. The precise topics and focus of each section vary. Topics include Old English Literature, Medieval Literature, 16th century, 17th century, 18th century, English Romantic Period, Victorian Period, 20th and 21st Century, Drama, Novel, Poetry, Fiction, Nonfiction, A Literary Problem, Literature of the Renaissance, Postcolonial Literature, 20th to 21st Century American Literature. Barring duplication of subject, may be repeated for credit. Note: Students in the MA and PhD programs in English may not take English 800 for credit toward their degrees. English 800 will only be offered on the Manchester campus.
Section Comments: Cross listed with ENGL 787
Cross listed with : ENGL 787.M1
Instructors: STAFF

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/30/2018 12/13/2018 R 6:01pm - 9:00pm PANDRA P514
Additional Course Details: 

English 787 / 800: Senior Seminar: Science and Sensation in 19thc Literature.  

The nineteenth century was a century of sensations:  literary best-sellers—dubbed “sensation novels”—intended to thrill the nerves and raise the heart rate; fiction, poems, and plays focused on “detecting” the criminal; horror-filled narratives built upon scientific overreaching (Frankenstein, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde); speculative tales premised on future states that might inspire or alarm.  In “Science and Sensation,” we’ll look at an array of British and American “sensations” and the science behind them.  We’ll track how literary writers engaged with innovations and new explanatory systems in fields such as biology, medicine, and technology, ranging from para-sciences like phrenology and mesmerism, to Darwinian ideas of organisms in their habitats, to theories of devolution and the degenerative “type.” Writers will likely include Edgar Allan Poe, Mary Shelley, Charlotte Brontë, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Wilkie Collins, George Eliot, Arthur Conan Doyle, Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Robert Louis Stevenson, and H. G. Wells.

English 787 fulfills the post-1800 literature and Capstone requirement for the B. A. degree in English.  It also fulfills the Capstone requirement for the Literary Studies option and the Digital Language Arts option within the Literary Arts and Studies major. Prerequisite: English 419, or instructor’s permission.  English 787 may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 8 credits, provided that content is not significantly duplicated. ​