ENGL 800 (M1) - Studies in Literature

Studies/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:   3  
CRN: 16749
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: Dystopian and Post-Apocalyptic Literature. Cross listed with ENGL 787
You must sign up in the Dept Office before registering through WEBCAT.
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.