(David) Todd Lawrence  portrait

(David) Todd Lawrence

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A., Creighton University
B.A., Rockhurst University
At St. Thomas since 2003
Office
JRC 340
Hours
(Fall 2014) M/W 11:00am-12:00pm; M 3:15-4:15pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5625

I teach African American literature and culture, folklore studies, and American cultural studies. My research and teaching areas include: The Black Arts Movement, African American outlaw culture, Afrofuturism, folklore studies, memorialization and public space, and disaster studies. I am currently working on a project in collaboration with the displaced residents of Pinhook, MO, a town destroyed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds Point-New Madrid levee in southeast Missouri during the Heartland Flood of 2011. This work focuses on African American narratives of disaster and resilience.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - 01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 126
CRN: 41945 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum.

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Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - 13 Crossing the Color Line M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 222
CRN: 43246 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence Course added to MURPHY on Friday, April 25th. A specific course description will be released in the near future.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - 01 Folklore & Literature M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 OEC 210
CRN: 21844 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence This course examines a body of literary texts in the framework of a discipline other than literary or English studies per se--e.g., the physical or social sciences, religion/theology, history, the other arts. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 202 - 02 Folklore & Literature M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 210
CRN: 21845 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence This course examines a body of literary texts in the framework of a discipline other than literary or English studies per se--e.g., the physical or social sciences, religion/theology, history, the other arts. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 390 - 61 Literary Figure: James Baldwin M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510
CRN: 21833 4 Credit Hours Instructor: David T. Lawrence This course will study a significant body of work by a major writer or pair of writers. Typical offerings: Jane Austen, Charles Dickens, Hawthorne and Melville, T.S. Eliot. Credit may be earned more than once under this number for different emphases. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

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