ENGL 787 (01) - English Major Seminar

English Major Seminar

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2022 - Full Term (08/29/2022 - 12/12/2022)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 12267
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: Seminar Topic: Revenge Tragedy Then & Now
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register 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: Douglas Lanier

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/29/2022 12/12/2022 TR 2:10pm - 3:30pm HS 232
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2022 Special Topic: Revenge Tragedy, Then & Now

This seminar will take an in-depth look at the long history of revenge tragedy, one of Western culture's most venerable genres. The very origins of tragedy can be traced to tales of revenge, and those stories raise enduring questions about our tribal loyalties and hatreds, justice and the law, the proper and improper uses of violence, guilt, repentance and forgiveness, and the role of divine and impersonal forces in human affairs. After discussion of classical tragedies by Aeschylus and Seneca, we will then move to the age of Shakespeare and sample some of the great early English achievements in the genre, among them Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy, Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello, and Thomas Middleton's The Revenger's Tragedy. From there we'll turn our attention to modern outgrowths of this genre, looking at examples of revenge in modern plays, contemporary young adult novels, and action and horror films. Along the way we'll have occasion to consider why revenge has remained such a popular topic over time, how the morality of revenge has changed, why audiences identify with revengers, and how revenge is linked to questions of social justice. This course will culminate with a long research paper of your own design, which this seminar will teach you how to complete step-by-step.

ENGL 787 is the designated Capstone course for English: Literature majors.

In Fall 2022 this course satisfies a DH (Digital Humanities) major requirement for ENGL: TBD majors. 

General English majors may take ENGL 787 for Capstone credit. Pick up a Capstone Declaration form in the main English office (HS 230F) if interested. 

In Fall 2022 this course fulfills a Pre-1800 Literature requirement for English department majors if not used to satisfy the Capstone requirement.