ENGL 787 (01) - English Major Seminar

English Major Seminar

Durham   Liberal Arts :: English
Credits: 4.0
Term: Fall 2024 - Full Term (08/26/2024 - 12/09/2024)
Grade Mode: Letter Grading
Class Size:   10  
CRN: 16142
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.
Prerequisite(s): ENGL 419 with minimum grade of B
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: Monica Chiu

Times & Locations

Start Date End Date Days Time Location
8/26/2024 12/9/2024 TR 9:40am - 11:00am HS 240
Additional Course Details: 

Fall 2024 Special Topic: "Climbing the Empathy Wall": Race in Contemporary American Literature 

“An empathy wall is an obstacle to deep understanding of another person,” writes Arlie Russell Hochschild in her study Strangers in Their Own Land: Anger and Mourning on the American Right, “one that can make us feel indifferent or even hostile to those who hold different beliefs or whose childhood is rooted in different circumstances.” This course asks, “How can we climb that empathy wall?” Through very contemporary literature—published from 2015 onward, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays, graphic narratives, media images and other pop culture—we will discuss what health, wealth, environment, education, and justice mean for BIPOC (biracial, indigenous, people of color) and for poor whites. Possible texts; Orange’s Vanishing Stars; Munoz’s The Consequences; Ward’s Let Us Descend; selections from Castillo’s How to Read Now: Essays; Potts’ The Forgotten Girls: A Memoir of Friendship and Lost Promise in Rural America; selected poems by Ocean Vuong, Tayi Tibble, and/or Erin Marie Lynch; Huang’s Disorientation; Jacobs’ graphic narrative Good Talk; and selected chapters from Irving’s Waking Up White, and Finding Myself in the Story of Race and Hochschild’s Stolen Pride: Loss, Shame, and the Rise of the Right.

In Fall 2024 this course satisfies the Race, Gender & Postcolonial Studies requirement for English Majors following degree requirements activated in Fall 2023.

This course may be taken for CAPSTONE credit by English Majors following degree requirements in place prior to fall 2023. Pick up a Capstone Declaration Form in the main ENGL office (HS 230F) if interested in this option. 

This course satisfies the Capstone requirement for English Literature Majors. 

This course satsifes the Race & Racial Theories requirement for English: TBD, English Teaching, English/Journalism, English/Law 3+3 Majors. 

Booklist

Book Details
GOOD TALK:MEMOIR IN CONVERSATIONS (19)
by JACOB
Required
ISBN
978039958906 5
PUBLISHER
PENG RAND
WRITING ESSAYS ABOUT LITERATURE (2ND 21)
by ACHESON
Required
ISBN
978155481551 7
PUBLISHER
BROADVIEW
CONSEQUENCES (22)
by MUNOZ
Required
ISBN
978164445206 6
PUBLISHER
MAC HIGHER
YELLOWFACE (23)
by KUANG
Required
ISBN
978006325083 3
PUBLISHER
HARP PUB
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