ENGL 787 (M1) - English Major Seminar

English Major Seminar

Manchester   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2023 - Full Term (08/28/2023 - 12/11/2023)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 13445
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. May be repeated for credit, barring duplication of topic. For details see semester specific course descriptions available in the English Department.
Registration Approval Required. Contact Instructor or Academic Department for permission then register through Webcat.
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 419 with minimum grade of B
Repeat Rule: May be repeated for a maximum of 8 credits.
Equivalent(s): ENGL 787R
Cross listed with : ENGL 800.M1
Classes not allowed in section: Freshman
Attributes: Writing Intensive Course
Instructors: Susan Walsh

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/28/2023 12/11/2023 R 1:10pm - 4:00pm PANDRA P531
Additional Course Details: 

ENGL 787, English Major Seminar: Contact Zones

This course considers how individual and cultural 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 experience ourselves, and one another, as we develop new understandings of family, sexuality, religion, ethnicity, class, and nationality. Writers will include Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Jericho Brown, Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Mohsin Hamid, Viet Thanh Nguyen, Lynn Nottage, Tommy Orange, Diane Seuss, and Jesmyn Ward, among others.  Supplemental readings will provide frameworks for talking about a range of critical issues. 

English 787, English Major Seminar: Contact Zones is a Writing Intensive course that fulfills part of the Capstone requirement (as well as the “Poetics” requirement) for the Literary Studies 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 (please note the “instructor’s permission” option).

English 787 may be repeated for credit, up to a maximum of 8 credits, provided that content is not significantly duplicated.