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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
(Spring 2016) T 3:15-4:30pm; 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.

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 280 - L01 Intro to English Studies - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 JRC 246
CRN: 21889 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse English Studies is a discipline for purveyors of the imagination. We envision ourselves and others; we examine the workings of imagination, both transformative and destructive. In this course we investigate just what it means to study a subject called "English": what we mean when we speak of an author, reader, text, and context; how literary language works; how writers and scholars have conducted conversations with one another over the centuries and how we can join them. Alongside critical and theoretical articles we will read Cornelius Eady's poetry collection BRUTAL IMAGINATION and Jane Austen's novel EMMA and write critical analyses, personal essays, poems, and lesson plans, experimenting with a range of writing in our field. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 220 - L01 The Classical Tradition - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940
CRN: 41611 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse What might it mean to speak of “the classical tradition?” What does that include and exclude? And how does it matter to us today? From the ancient Greek gods in their serenity to the howls of the damned in Dante’s vision of the afterlife, whether mythological or theological, the works to be studied engage us in the most fundamental questions about what it means to be human. Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings of representative texts of Western literature in translation from ancient Greece to the Renaissance, including some interactions of the European traditions with ancient or medieval Asian, Mesopotamian, or Middle Eastern literatures. Authors may include Homer, Aeschylus, Sappho, Virgil, Dante, Rumi, Marie de France, and Christine de Pizan. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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