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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.

Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
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J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
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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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