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Catherine Craft-Fairchild

Professor of English
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester
B.A., Canisius College
At St. Thomas since 1989
Office
JRC 319
Hours
(Spring 2016) M/W/F 12:30-1:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5614

I really enjoy learning with and from my students, so I teach an eclectic range of courses that allow me to explore new areas and share my interests with others. Although my primary specialty is 18th-century British literature, I also teach women's studies, literature and film, Jewish literature, and most recently, a transatlantic course that combines British and American literature. My current research centers on the writing of Anglo-Irish novelist and educational reformer Maria Edgeworth, while earlier research focused on 18th- and 19th-century women writers more generally, with particular reference to the image and experience of masquerade.

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W06 Clues: Detectives in Lit/Film M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 210
CRN: 21906 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild When Arthur Conan Doyle created Sherlock Holmes in 1887, he had no idea the sensation his detective hero would become. Growing weary of writing about the sleuth, Conan Doyle killed him off, but fans clamored for a resuscitation. This particular detective just wouldn’t die, as one can witness through the current popularity of the Robert Downey Jr. and Benedict Cumberbatch portrayals. So of course we’ll be reading Sherlock Holmes stories, including one set in Minnesota by local author Larry Millett. We’ll also investigate Raymond Chandler’s THE BIG SLEEP, Alfred Hitchcock’s films, Nella Larson’s PASSING, and Colson Whitehead’s THE INTUITIONIST. The writing load for this course is 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 212 - L01 British Authors II M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 210
CRN: 21888 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild How has the category of “English literature” expanded as a result of global changes over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? How have authors responded to fundamental upheavals in the individual, religion, the British Empire, the role of women, and the value of poetry and art? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings in the British literary tradition from approximately 1789 to the present. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as revolution and reform, authorship, war, nationality and race, and the relationships between literature and other arts. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W02 J.K. Rowling's Bookshelf M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 106
CRN: 42453 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild You’ve grown up with the Harry Potter books and movies. You know which house the sorting hat would place you into and why. You know exactly what flavors of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans Dumbledore does and does not like. You know at least five different spells and perhaps have a wand from Olivander’s at Universal Studios, Orlando, to cast them (I do!). But do you know the books that inspired J.K. Rowling to write her own stories and have you read those? I thought not! So that’s what this course will cover: we will read the books that J.K. Rowling loves best and examine them in relation to her own writing, exploring one of the Harry Potter texts in detail (I’m assuming that you know the novels and/or films already). Quidditch games and wizarding costumes optional. Texts may include Louisa May Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN, the collected stories of P.G. Wodehouse, Jane Austen’s EMMA, William Shakespeare’s MACBETH, and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. 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 203 - W03 J.K. Rowling's Bookshelf M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 106
CRN: 42454 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild You’ve grown up with the Harry Potter books and movies. You know which house the sorting hat would place you into and why. You know exactly what flavors of Bertie Bott’s Every Flavour Beans Dumbledore does and does not like. You know at least five different spells and perhaps have a wand from Olivander’s at Universal Studios, Orlando, to cast them (I do!). But do you know the books that inspired J.K. Rowling to write her own stories and have you read those? I thought not! So that’s what this course will cover: we will read the books that J.K. Rowling loves best and examine them in relation to her own writing, exploring one of the Harry Potter texts in detail (I’m assuming that you know the novels and/or films already). Quidditch games and wizarding costumes optional. Texts may include Louisa May Alcott’s LITTLE WOMEN, the collected stories of P.G. Wodehouse, Jane Austen’s EMMA, William Shakespeare’s MACBETH, and HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS. 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 341 - L01 Masquerade & Gender M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 313
CRN: 42441 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild In a culture where women's bodies are objectified, eroticized, and used to sell everything from automobiles to toothpaste, it's natural for women to develop a "split consciousness." John Berger, the art historian, explains that women are almost forced to be two people simultaneously: one self who acts, while the other self watches herself act and often criticizes (e.g. "this dress makes me look fat"; "ugh, I sound so dumb"). Berger writes of "a woman's self being split in two...From earliest childhood she has been taught and persuaded to survey herself continually. And so she comes to consider the surveyor and the surveyed within her as the two constituent yet always distinct elements of her identity as a woman." This course will explore that divided self that women experience. How does it help/hurt her as a woman searches for her identity? How does she find her true voice? Can a woman use the divided self as a means to social or political power? Texts might include John Berger's WAYS OF SEEING, Eliza Haywood's FANTOMINA, Freud's DORA, Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY, Nella Larsen's PASSING, and Krzysztof Kieslowski's film THE DOUBLE LIFE OF VERONIQUE. This course satisfies the Diversity Literature requirement for English majors and the core Human Diversity requirement; it also counts as a Humanities course for Women's Studies majors and minors. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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