ENGL 787 (M1) - English Major Seminar

Sem/Dark Worlds

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2020 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (08/31/2020 - 12/11/2020)
Class Size:   12  
CRN: 16748
This Capstone course offers you an opportunity to study a specialized topic in depth in a seminar format. Enrollment is limited to 15 so that you can take active part in discussion and work closely with the instructor on a research project. Topics vary from semester to semester. Recent topics include Tragedy, Comedy, American Women Poets, Medicine in Literature, and Feminist Print Culture. Pre-req: ENGL 419 with a grade of B or better. Barring duplication of subject, course may be repeated for credit. For details see semester specific course descriptions available in the English Department.
Section Comments: Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Literature. Cross listed with ENGL 800
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): ENGL 787R
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Susan Walsh

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/31/2020 12/11/2020 R 6:01pm - 9:00pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

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.