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Bethany Timmerman

Instructor of English
Degree
M.A. University of St. Thomas
B.A. University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
At St. Thomas since 2013
Office
JRC 310
Phone
(651) 962-5657

First and foremost, I enjoy engaging with students, learning about them and what they value, and finding ways that their interests intersect with literature. It seems to me that if you can find something in literature that you care about, you can choose writing topics and approaches which are interesting to you, often resulting in a more engaging and productive writing process. My primary goal, really, with the English courses I teach, is to demystify the reading and writing process (so long 5 paragraph essay!), give students some agency in what they are writing and focus on just developing a well-thought out, passionate, and constructive argument. These are skills which any student, in any major or field of study, will find valuable not only in their academic career, but in their professional career as well.

At St. Thomas, I have taught topics courses in literary nonsense, wordplay and slang in literature, the Beat Generation, and alternate history literature. My personal and scholarly interests include literary nonsense, the Beat Generation, James Joyce, and feminist and psychoanalytic literary theory.

Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W08 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 309
CRN: 41080 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Bethany F. Timmerman 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.

Schedule Details

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ENGL 121 - W14 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 309
CRN: 41089 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Bethany F. Timmerman 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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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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