English Major Seminar
Term: Fall 2021 - UNHM Credit (15 weeks) (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||R||1:01pm - 3:50pm||ONLINE|
This class will be taught online. Students on the Durham as well as the Manchester campus are welcome to enroll.
English 787/800, English Major Seminar: GENDER AND GENRE: AWAKENINGS.
This course focuses on women writers whose narratives strive to “wake up” the world to progressive change, and whose protagonists (if not already “awake”) gain a keener understanding of their lives and their societies. Texts will come from the 19th and early 20th centuries. We’ll start with Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (a critique of patriarchal culture and glory-struck “discoverers”), and move to Mary Seacole’s Wonderful Adventures (the autobiography of a pioneering healer and businesswoman), Amy Levy’s Reuben Sachs (a novel centered on Jewish communities in London), Katherine Mansfield and Kate Chopin’s stories (incisive portraits of women’s desires in New Zealand, the U.K., and the U.S. South), Virginia Woolf’s To the Lighthouse (an exploration of perception, art, and family), Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s Herland (a feminist utopia—perhaps?), and Zora Neale Hurston’s Their Eyes Were Watching God (an indispensable tale of one woman’s quest-journey), in addition to other works by Harlem Renaissance writers (for instance Jessie Redmon Fauset’s “The Sleeper Wakes”).
English 787/800, English Major Seminar: GENDER AND GENRE: AWAKENINGS is a Writing Intensive course that fulfills part of the Capstone requirement for the Literary Studies option and the Digital Language Arts option within the Literary Arts & Studies / English Studies major. At UNH Manchester, it also fulfills the diversity requirement for 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.
English 787/800 may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 8 credits, provided that content is not significantly duplicated. 4 credits.