Term: Fall 2020 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (08/31/2020 - 12/11/2020)
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|8/31/2020||12/11/2020||R||6:01pm - 9:00pm||ONLINE|
World shifts and doomsdays: these possibilities have excited our imaginations from time out of mind. In Dark Worlds, we’ll consider novels, short stories, plays, poems, and a few films that conduct thought experiments about an array of future states. In our discussions, we’ll take up questions of power and social order, individual morality and group ethics, gender and sexuality, race and ethnicity, genetics, pandemic, and the global environment.
In general, we’ll follow two major strands as they develop from foundational sources: the apocalyptic, linked to the book of Revelation, and the utopian/dystopian, linked to Thomas More’s Utopia. Works will include Samuel Beckett’s Endgame, Octavia Butler’s Bloodchild and Other Stories, Margaret Atwood’s Oryx and Crake, Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, Cormac McCarthy’s The Road, Mohsin Hamid’s Exit West, and Naomi Alderman’s The Power.
English 787/800: English Major Seminar: Dark Worlds is a Writing Intensive course that fulfills the Poetics requirement, as well as part of the Capstone requirement, for the Literary Studies option and the Digital Language Arts option within the Literary Arts & Studies major. It also counts towards the B. A. in English Teaching. Prerequisite: English 419, or instructor’s permission. Although the course is titled “English Major Seminar,” students from other majors are very welcome and may find the subject matter of interest.