ENGL 693 (M1) - Special Topics in Literature

SpcTop/Contact Zones

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Online Course Delivery Method: Scheduled meeting time, Online (no campus visits), EUNH
Credits: 4.0
Term: Spring 2021 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (02/01/2021 - 05/11/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   15  
CRN: 56486
A) Old English Literature, B) Medieval Literature, C) 16th Century, D) 17th Century, E) 18th Century, F) English Romantic Period, G) Victorian Period, H) 20th Century, I) Drama, J) Novel, K) Poetry, L) Nonfiction, M) American Literature, N) A Literary Problem, O) Literature of the Renaissance, R) Race and Racial Theories. The precise topics and methods of each section vary. Barring duplication of subject, course may be repeated for credit. For details, see course descriptions available in the English department. (Not offered every year.) Special fee on some topics. Writing intensive.
Department Approval Required. Contact Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Repeat Rule: May be repeated up to 2 times.
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Susan Walsh

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
2/1/2021 5/11/2021 W 1:01pm - 3:50pm ONLINE
Additional Course Details: 

In “Contact Zones,” we’ll consider how individual and national identities are shaped in a world where people are on the move, literally and metaphorically, voluntarily and involuntarily.  When borders are crossed and histories are remade, what is lost and what is gained?  As Mohsin Hamid observes, “To a certain extent we are all refugees, at least in an emotional sense. Migration is the fundamental nature of what it is to be a human being. A human being is somebody with a particular genetic configuration: yes. But a human being is also someone who migrates through time.”

Through fiction, drama, poetry and film, we’ll explore the myriad ways in which we learn to “see,” “unsee,” and “resee” one another across the borders of sexuality, religion, ethnicity, and nationality.  Writers will include Chimamanda Adichie, Ocean Vuong, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Lynn Nottage, Tommy Orange, Mohsin Hamid, and Carmen Maria Machado, among others.  Supplemental readings will provide frameworks for talking about a range of critical issues. 

English 693: Contact Zones is a Writing Intensive course that fulfills the Theory/ Poetics requirement for the Literary Studies option and the Digital Language Arts option within the Literary Arts and Studies major. At UNH Manchester, it also fulfills the diversity requirement for the B.A. in English Teaching.  4 credits.

English 693 may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 8 credits, provided that content is not significantly duplicated.