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Emily James

Assistant Professor of English
Degree
B.A., M.A., Ph.D., University of Washington
At St. Thomas since 2012
Office
JRC 322
Hours
(Spring 2017) W 1:00-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5608

I focus on modernism and especially the work of English and Irish writers in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. In both my teaching and research, I consider literature’s intersections with historical and cultural currents. My interest in modernism also extends across the arts, from poetry and visual art to dance and music. The complexities and challenges of writing have always fascinated me, so my current research project concerns composition and modernism, especially in the work of George Bernard Shaw, Virginia Woolf, and Aldous Huxley. These writers imagined material and physical histories of words—through speech, handwriting, and typewriting—in order to uncover the labor behind the composition process and highlight writing’s strain on the body.

Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 481 - D01 Seminar: The Metropolitan Mind M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 401
CRN: 21874 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James This course explores the twentieth-century city and its effects on the modern citizen. Cities have enlivened and wearied their residents; they have also animated, thwarted, and even defeated the literary imagination. Virginia Woolf lived for the “the bellow and the uproar” of London; James Joyce begrudgingly admired his “dear dirty Dublin”; and Teju Cole marveled at the “substance” and “psychic weight” of New York’s many neighborhoods. Our readings by these and other writers will reach from the underworld of the subway to the skyscrapers high above and from the city centers to their suburban peripheries. Alongside our literary texts, we may also look to art, architecture, music, dance, film, photography, and fashion for clues about the modern city’s relationship to human behavior. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing in the Discipline requirement. Prerequisite: Completion of five course at or beyond ENGL 211, including ENGL 280 or 380; or, for non-majors, permission of the instructor and the department chair.

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GENG 532 - 01 20th-Century British Lit M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 21866 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James This course surveys twentieth-century literary experiments alongside innovations in painting, music, dance, film, and other arts. We'll consider how writers and artists navigated the century's historical and cultural upheavals (including industrialism, women's suffrage, empire, war, and civil rights) and worked to redefine Britain's national and cultural identities along the way. Key writers may include Virginia Woolf, T. S. Eliot, Evelyn Waugh, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Zadie Smith.

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GENG 699 - 04 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22737 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James

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Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 490 - D01 Walking in the City: NYC M - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 209
CRN: 30480 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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GENG 598 - 01 Walking in the City: NYC M - - R - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 209
CRN: 30205 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James

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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W05 Medical Narratives M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700
CRN: 42463 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James As novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf once observed, it is "strange indeed that illness has not taken its place with love and battle and jealousy among the prime themes of literature." As we read and discuss literary narratives about health and illness, we may also explore historical and contemporary conversations about health and illness, with topics including hysteria, syphilis, tuberculosis, neurasthenia, cancer, HIV/AIDS, and vaccine controversies. Along the way, we will consider literature's role in what Susan Sontag once described as the "punitive and sentimental fantasies concocted" about illness. Key writers may include Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Sylvia Plath, Kazuo Ishiguro, Leslie Jamison, Ian McEwan, Atul Gawande, and Paul Kalanithi. 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 20th-Century Women's Lit M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510
CRN: 42451 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James This course surveys literature by women across the long twentieth century. Our readings begin with Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Virginia Woolf and close with contemporary writers such as Naomi Shihab Nye, Alison Bechdel, and Claudia Rankine. We will also read and discuss the recent work of essayists such as Roxane Gay, Leslie Jamison, and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie--writers who have forged new conversations about women and feminism. This course satisfies the Contexts and Convergences distributon requirement for English majors. It also satisfies the core human diversity requirement and the core Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

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