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Andrew Scheiber

Professor of English
Degree
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University
At St. Thomas since 1990
Office
JRC 305
Phone
(651) 962-5611

I’m interested in the way that literature is both affected by, and in turn enriches our view of, other aspects of history and culture, especially with respect to evolutionary theory, blues and jazz, and the struggles of working people in an industrial (and now post-industrial) world.  With writers like Henry James, Willa Cather, and Ralph Ellison as my guides, in my research and in my teaching I explore the ways in which authors are both challenged and inspired to make literary art out of their engagement with such cultural and historical phenomena.

 

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W04 Playing and Writing the Blues - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 207
CRN: 21901 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber Most people think of the blues either as a particular kind of music or a particular kind of negative or depressed mood. The blues is both of these things, and much more. It's a creative method and process, and it's a way of looking at life that can help us confront with grit, humor, and resilience the worst that the world can throw at us. Examining such classic blues-themed texts as Zora Neale Hurston's THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD and Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN, as well as a generous sampling of blues poetry and song lyrics, we'll explore both the art and philosophy of the blues and consider the way the blues has adapted in response to changing artistic, technological, and social circumstances. 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 - W05 Playing and Writing the Blues - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 206
CRN: 21902 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber Most people think of the blues either as a particular kind of music or a particular kind of negative or depressed mood. The blues is both of these things, and much more. It's a creative method and process, and it's a way of looking at life that can help us confront with grit, humor, and resilience the worst that the world can throw at us. Examining such classic blues-themed texts as Zora Neale Hurston's THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD and Ralph Ellison's INVISIBLE MAN, as well as a generous sampling of blues poetry and song lyrics, we'll explore both the art and philosophy of the blues and consider the way the blues has adapted in response to changing artistic, technological, and social circumstances. 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 214 - 01 American Authors I M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 212
CRN: 22300 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber Where does the popular perception of America as the “New World” come from? How could slavery flourish in a land idealizing freedom? Why were immigrants so feared and reviled? Why did expansionism push out some and make millionaires of others? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings from the beginnings of the American literary tradition to the turn of the twentieth century. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as religious identity, political reform, race, slavery, war, gender, and industrialization. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 204.

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GENG 698 - 03 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23052 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber

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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 121 - 31 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135
CRN: 41102 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 121 - 34 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510
CRN: 41094 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 214 - 01 American Authors I M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510
CRN: 42438 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Andrew J. Scheiber Where does the popular perception of America as the “New World” come from? How could slavery flourish in a land idealizing freedom? Why were immigrants so feared and reviled? Why did expansionism push out some and make millionaires of others? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings from the beginnings of the American literary tradition to the turn of the twentieth century. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as religious identity, political reform, race, slavery, war, gender, and industrialization. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203 or 204.

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