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Amy Muse

Associate Professor of English / Department Chair
Degree
Ph.D., Auburn University
M.A., Washington University (St. Louis)
B.A., University of Akron
At St. Thomas since 2001
Office
JRC 334
Hours
(Fall 2014) M/W 1:30-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5643

I am a drama specialist; in both teaching and research I’m interested in the intersections of dramatic literature, performance theory, and theatre history. My publications are fairly eclectic—I’ve written on female Hamlets, theatre of the invisible-made-visible, plays about the 1820s Greek Revolution, Byron’s secret literary influences—and I encourage personally-engaged, historically-embedded, idiosyncratic essay writing in my courses. My current research projects explore connections between theatre and tourism in Greece (where I teach study abroad courses) and theatre as a space for developing intimacy. You can usually find me teaching Shakespeare and other courses on drama, performance & social change, British Romanticism, the classical tradition, literary criticism, and essay writing.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 481 - 01 Sem: English Majors in World M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 481
CRN: 42376 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse In this senior seminar we will explore the work of English-major types--that is, readers and writers--engaging the world. Our reading will include drama, travel literature, and essays of all kinds, and students will create a portfolio of writing in various genres such as intellectual autobiography, literary criticism, travel essay, cultural analysis, and vocational manifesto. The heart of the seminar is an individualized research and writing project on a topic, question, community, or field of work that students identify as playing an important role in their lives post-graduation, with a goal of using knowledge and skills acquired within the English major to enter the conversation of the next stage of their lives. Prerequisites: Completion of five courses at or beyond ENGL 211, including ENGL 380; or, for non-majors, permission of the instructor and the department chair.

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GENG 699 - 04 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43391 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
THTR 111U - A02 Intro to Theatre in Greece - - - - - - - -
CRN: 10279 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse, Elizabeth L. Wilkinson STUDY ABROAD: Athens-Greece

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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 622 - 01 Shakespeare & Co. in Ren. Thtr M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 210
CRN: 21830 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse Though Ben Jonson memorably penned that Shakespeare was “not of an age, but for all time,” he was of an age—the Renaissance—in which theatre was a growth industry and the drama skyrocketed in richness and variation. We will dig into that theatrical world and view Shakespeare alongside contemporaries and competitors such as Christopher Marlowe, Thomas Middleton, John Fletcher, John Webster, Thomas Heywood, and Philip Massinger. What were they obsessed with? Many of the same things we are, which we’ll investigate in two case studies: on threats and prospects of change in marriage (in plays such as THE TAMING OF THE SHREW and its table-turning sequel THE TAMER TAMED, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE DUCHESS OF MALFI, and A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS) and threats and prospects of the Islamic world (in such plays as TAMBURLAINE THE GREAT, A CHRISTIAN TURNED TURK, THE RENEGADO, and OTHELLO). We’ll engage in two- and three-dimensional literary criticism (that is, finely-grained study of aesthetics and dramaturgy with much reading aloud and taking of parts) and contextualize our understanding, invoke the presence of the past, through reading historical and political documents. This course satisfies the pre-1800 British Literature distribution requirement. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor.

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GENG 699 - 06 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22902 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse

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