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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
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.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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ENGL 202 - 05 Medical Narratives M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MHC 202
CRN: 21846 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James In this course, we will examine literary narratives about health and illness, considering the body's role in what Susan Sontag describes as the "punitive and sentimental fantasies concocted" about illness. Alongside selected critical accounts of medicine and illness, we will focus our time on writing by George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, and others. Alongside these literary texts, we may also examine selected historical case studies: hysteria, tuberculosis, neurasthenia, HIV/AIDS, and others. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 202 - 06 Medical Narratives M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 MHC 202
CRN: 21822 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James In this course, we will examine literary narratives about health and illness, considering the body's role in what Susan Sontag describes as the "punitive and sentimental fantasies concocted" about illness. Alongside selected critical accounts of medicine and illness, we will focus our time on writing by George Eliot, Virginia Woolf, Kazuo Ishiguro, Ian McEwan, and others. Alongside these literary texts, we may also examine selected historical case studies: hysteria, tuberculosis, neurasthenia, HIV/AIDS, and others. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 481 - 01 Sem: Rewriting Virginia Woolf M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 222
CRN: 20106 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James In this course, we will read key works by English novelist and essayist Virginia Woolf alongside contemporary reactions to her work by writers Alice Walker, Ian McEwan, and Michael Cunningham; film-makers Sally Potter and Stephen Daldry; as well as contemporary visual artists and composers. Prerequisite: Completion of five English courses at or beyond ENGL 211, including ENGL 380; or, for non-majors, permission of the instructor and the department chair.

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GENG 699 - 03 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22894 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James

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Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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