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Elizabeth Wilkinson

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., Virginia Polytechnic and State University
B.A., M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University at University Park
At St. Thomas since 2008
Office
JRC 358
Hours
(Fall 2017) M/W 2:30-3:30pm; T 4:00-5:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5632
CV

Siyo! ("Hi" in Tsalagi) I moved here from North Carolina, where I had been studying Cherokee language, literature, and culture. Here, I'm tapping into and expanding my knowledge of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples--the indigenous nations of Minnesota. Along with Native American literatures from all over North America, I teach Women's Literature, and Sports Literature; more often than you might expect, these three overlap. My courses often cross-list with Women's Studies and with American Culture and Difference. Miigwitch! ("Thanks" in Anisinaabeg)

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W41 HNR Indians in Unexpctd Places M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 306
CRN: 42466 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson Did you know that one of the first basketball teams to be declared World Champions was a group of Native American women in 1904? That the greatest Olympian of all time was from the Sac and Fox tribal nation? Did you know that some of the best blues musicians of the last 150 years were Native Americans? Did you know that the Twin Cities are a hotbed for Native spoken word poetry, hip-hop, visual art, and theater? Did you know that the Twin Cities are the starting point of one of the most influential political groups of the 1960s and ‘70s, AIM, and that spirt of political protest is alive and active today? Using Dr. Philip Deloria’s book, INDIANS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, as a jumping off point, this class will use literature by Native peoples to disrupt and complicate the existent “Indian” narrative at work in America. Books will address Native American peoples in sport, in music, in art and theater, and in political action. We’ll be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry and will be writing about the connections between the words on the page and our vibrant Ojibwe and Dakota nations here in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 203 - W42 HNR Indians in Unexpctd Places M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 306
CRN: 42467 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson Did you know that one of the first basketball teams to be declared World Champions was a group of Native American women in 1904? That the greatest Olympian of all time was from the Sac and Fox tribal nation? Did you know that some of the best blues musicians of the last 150 years were Native Americans? Did you know that the Twin Cities are a hotbed for Native spoken word poetry, hip-hop, visual art, and theater? Did you know that the Twin Cities are the starting point of one of the most influential political groups of the 1960s and ‘70s, AIM, and that spirt of political protest is alive and active today? Using Dr. Philip Deloria’s book, INDIANS IN UNEXPECTED PLACES, as a jumping off point, this class will use literature by Native peoples to disrupt and complicate the existent “Indian” narrative at work in America. Books will address Native American peoples in sport, in music, in art and theater, and in political action. We’ll be reading a mix of fiction and non-fiction, drama and poetry and will be writing about the connections between the words on the page and our vibrant Ojibwe and Dakota nations here in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. This writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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GENG 613 - 01 Feminisms in Thought & Action - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 42458 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson 2.9 million marching for women’s rights and for human rights…. In the words of the 1960s rock band Buffalo Springfield, “There’s something happening here / What it is ain’t exactly clear / There’s a man with a gun over there / Telling me I got to beware / We better stop, children; what’s that sound / Everybody look what’s going ‘round….” In a lot of ways, it does feel like we have landed squarely in a twilight zone that harkens back to the protests of the 1960s. But it’s not 1967; it’s 2017. What is happening here? That’s what this course will examine, currently and historically, through a Woman’s Studies lens. We’ll be using a combination of the text Reading Feminist Theory by Susan Archer Mann and articles available digitally via Ms. Magazine in the Classroom and our library edition of Bitch magazine. We’ll look at the intersectionality at work in the world and in our small corner of it. Our goal will be to write conference level papers that could be presented at the National Women’s Studies Association Conference (NWSA) or the Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference (FemRhet) or any of a number of other conferences that focus on feminist / womanist scholarship.

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WMST 327 - 01 Feminist Theory - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43356 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson This interdisciplinary feminist theory course is designed as a mid-level course to serve as a bridge between the Foundations in Women's Studies course and the Senior Seminar. The content of the course will focus on theorizing around multiple differences of gender, race, ethnicity, class, and sexuality. As an interdisciplinary course, it provides an overview of historical and ideological trends in feminist thought around these differences. The focus may vary, and may include feminist theories from the fine arts, history, literary studies, philosophy, psychology, the sciences, and sociology.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W04 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 246
CRN: 22389 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson Why did two men walk, shoeless, to the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the U.S. national anthem? Who stood beside them in solidarity? Why does a poem about the first Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Marathon in 1984 end with the line, “and standing”? What basketball team was declared World Champion following the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904? These and other questions highlight the convergence of sport, culture, and social justice, an intersection that is embedded in our history and lauded in our literature. In this class, we will investigate the literature of sport and social justice via interdisciplinary perspectives. Sport provides a lens through which we can see the values of America more clearly. It can show us the best we have to offer . . . and sometimes, unfortunately, the worst. We will consider it all, focusing on the ways that sport has become an arena for politics, culture, and social justice. To accomplish this we will read the work of sports writers, essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights, but we will also engage productions of contemporary culture such as photographic images, social media, videos, and memes. Through all of these we will seek to consider sport not as an apolitical pastime, but as a complex and fraught landscape where the issues and problems that our country grapples with are present in numerous and fascinating ways. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 202 - W06 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 246
CRN: 22391 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson Why did two men walk, shoeless, to the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the U.S. national anthem? Who stood beside them in solidarity? Why does a poem about the first Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Marathon in 1984 end with the line, “and standing”? What basketball team was declared World Champion following the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904? These and other questions highlight the convergence of sport, culture, and social justice, an intersection that is embedded in our history and lauded in our literature. In this class, we will investigate the literature of sport and social justice via interdisciplinary perspectives. Sport provides a lens through which we can see the values of America more clearly. It can show us the best we have to offer . . . and sometimes, unfortunately, the worst. We will consider it all, focusing on the ways that sport has become an arena for politics, culture, and social justice. To accomplish this we will read the work of sports writers, essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights, but we will also engage productions of contemporary culture such as photographic images, social media, videos, and memes. Through all of these we will seek to consider sport not as an apolitical pastime, but as a complex and fraught landscape where the issues and problems that our country grapples with are present in numerous and fascinating ways. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 218 - L01 Lit by Women:Critical Hist M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 414
CRN: 20325 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Elizabeth L. Wilkinson From Sappho to Austen to Woolf to Morrison – women have been rendering the world into exquisite words for centuries. But how has the writing of women served as a critique of patriarchy? What impact has women’s writing had on important cultural and political movements such as abolition, suffrage, and environmentalism? In what ways has the writing of women been more radical than polite, more aggressive than demure, more confrontational than deferential? How have women consistently defied the limiting expectations of them through the creation of some of the most experimental, risky, and defiant works of literature in existence? These questions and more will be explored in this course, which focuses on the history of literature by women. While it will concentrate mainly on British and American women writers, the course will also address the work of non-western writers. Ultimately, this course will examine gender and its role in both the composition and reading of literary texts. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, and the Human Diversity Requirement in the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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