English Major Seminar
Term: Fall 2021 - Full Term (08/30/2021 - 12/13/2021)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Times & Locations
|Start Date||End Date||Days||Time||Location|
|8/30/2021||12/13/2021||M||1:10pm - 4:00pm||HS 250C|
Fall 2021 Special Topic: Twenty-First American Stories
The aughts in America suffered the tragedy of 9/11; twenty years later, we witnessed riots at the Capitol amid a world pandemic. In two decades, we have moved in and around violence: that against Americans by non-Americans, that by Americans against their own government. Does violence define us in the early 21st century? Who is this “us” of 21st-century American literature? What haunts our past/s? What do we see for our future/s? This course examines traits and themes in twenty-first century American literature (including poetry, short stories, essays, graphic narrative, and film), probing its aspirations and despairs through literature’s attention to identity, technology, and globalization. Required: short papers; formal essays (including one research essay); lively class participation; presentations/leading discussions. Possible texts: Ng’s Everything I Never Told You; Roley’s American Son; (Natalie) Diaz’s Postcolonial Love; (Junot) Diaz’s The Brief Wondrous Live of Oscar Wao; Bennett’s The Vanishing Half; Jensen’s Carry; Torrey Peter’s Detransition, Baby; Belcourt’s A History of My Brief Body; Mazzuchelli’s Asterios Polyp; Suzan-Lori Park’s play and film The United States vs. Billie Holiday; Mandel’s Station Eleven; Villeneuve and Heisserer’s film The Arrival.
This course satisfies the Capstone Requirement for English Literature majors.
In fall 2021 this course satisfies a Post-1800 literature requirement for English Department Majors.
This course may be taken for Capstone credit by English majors; please fill out a Capstone Declaration Form. Contact the ENGL Main Office for assistance: 603-862-1313.
Reminder: 700-level classes taken to fulfill the English Major Capstone MAY NOT be double counted towards other major requirement areas.