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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
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 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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ENGL 203 - 04 Desperate Housewives M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 212
CRN: 21823 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild As the popular TV show DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES wrapped up its final season, and as the REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise stakes its claim on more and more locations, the housewife phenomenon provokes some significant questions about where housewives fit into our "post-feminist world." Is a housewife a symbol of social status, privilege, and perfection? Do women still aspire towards that domestic ideal? Is it realistic or obtainable? How do current notions of "housewife" tally with our perception of motherhood, marriage, and social conventions? And what makes housewives desperate? This course seeks to examine some of literature's "desperate housewives" (complicated female characters in domestic settings) and asks why they respond to their circumstances in the manner they do. We will explore why so many literary depictions of housewives portray them as profoundly troubled by boredom, isolation, infidelity, and emptiness. Possible texts may include Henrik Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE, Betty Friedan's THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY, and Jon Robin Baitz's OTHER DESERT CITIES. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 203 - 05 Desperate Housewives M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 212
CRN: 21853 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild As the popular TV show DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES wrapped up its final season, and as the REAL HOUSEWIVES franchise stakes its claim on more and more locations, the housewife phenomenon provokes some significant questions about where housewives fit into our "post-feminist world." Is a housewife a symbol of social status, privilege, and perfection? Do women still aspire towards that domestic ideal? Is it realistic or obtainable? How do current notions of "housewife" tally with our perception of motherhood, marriage, and social conventions? And what makes housewives desperate? This course seeks to examine some of literature's "desperate housewives" (complicated female characters in domestic settings) and asks why they respond to their circumstances in the manner they do. We will explore why so many literary depictions of housewives portray them as profoundly troubled by boredom, isolation, infidelity, and emptiness. Possible texts may include Henrik Ibsen's A DOLL'S HOUSE, Betty Friedan's THE FEMININE MYSTIQUE, Virginia Woolf's MRS. DALLOWAY, and Jon Robin Baitz's OTHER DESERT CITIES. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 218 - 01 Lit by Women:Critical Hist M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 246
CRN: 20416 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild This course will focus on the history of literature by women. It will concentrate on the traditions in Britain and America, but also will include some attention to non-Western women writers. It will address issues of canon formation, as well as the role of gender in the composition and reading of literary texts. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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ENGL 243 - I2 Individual Study - - - - - - - -
CRN: 23138 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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ENGL 203 - 02 In the Beginning: Genesis Lit M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 306
CRN: 42446 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild The Biblical book of Genesis has offered to every age stories that touch on the most basic questions of human life. Giving readers a vision of the creation of the world, examining the origins of evil, tracing the beginnings of family life and the disruptions possible within it, Genesis is an inexhaustible source of foundational myths and beliefs. It is not surprising, then, that, from one generation to the next, writers have drawn upon Genesis for their inspiration. This course will study the book of Genesis in a literary context, exploring some of the works that issue from it. Along with Robert Alter's translation of Genesis, we will read C. S. Lewis's PERELANDRA, local author Rebecca Kanner's SINNERS AND THE SEA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NOAH'S WIFE, and Yasmina Reza's GODS OF CARNAGE. 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 - 08 In the Beginning: Genesis Lit M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 306
CRN: 42447 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild The Biblical book of Genesis has offered to every age stories that touch on the most basic questions of human life. Giving readers a vision of the creation of the world, examining the origins of evil, tracing the beginnings of family life and the disruptions possible within it, Genesis is an inexhaustible source of foundational myths and beliefs. It is not surprising, then, that, from one generation to the next, writers have drawn upon Genesis for their inspiration. This course will study the book of Genesis in a literary context, exploring some of the works that issue from it. Along with Robert Alter's translation of Genesis, we will read C. S. Lewis's PERELANDRA, local author Rebecca Kanner's SINNERS AND THE SEA: THE UNTOLD STORY OF NOAH'S WIFE, and Yasmina Reza's GODS OF CARNAGE. 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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GENG 628 - 01 Criminals/Rogues:18th-C Brit L - - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 42435 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Catherine Craft-Fairchild The eighteenth century in England has been called the "Age of Reason." While Locke, Newton, Addison, Pope, and Johnson attempted to create order out of chaos, other writers and readers gravitated toward the flip sides of reason--irrationality, madness, and criminality. In this course, we will explore the shadow-side of the Enlightenment, reading Restoration comedies about sexual intrigue; the "secret histories" of disguise and mistaken identity by Eliza Haywood; Daniel Defoe's take on criminal biography in MOLL FLANDERS; and the rollicking drama about rogues and thieves, John Gay's BEGGAR'S OPERA. We will also study the more developed and nuanced studies of social mores and their violation by late-century writers; important portraits of the "outsider" include Elizabeth Inchbald's A SIMPLE STORY and William Godwin's CALEB WILLIAMS. Bakhtin on the canivalesque and Foucault on criminality and the rise of prisons, among other critics and theorists, will help to structure our discussions. This course satisfies the pre-1830 British Literature distribution requirement and counts as a 600-level seminar. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor.

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