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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
(Fall 2017) By appointment through https://emilymjames.youcanbook.me
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 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 202 - W05 Medical Narratives M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 212
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 SCB 324
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. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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ENGL 478 - 01 Experiential Learning - - - - - - - -
CRN: 43501 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James

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GENG 698 - 01 Independent Reading - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41774 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W07 Medical Narratives M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510
CRN: 22268 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James 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 367 - L01 20th-Cent. British Lit & Arts M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700
CRN: 21703 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James This course surveys twentieth-century literary experiments alongside parallel developments in painting, music, dance, film, and other arts. Our readings and materials will allow us to consider how writers and artists navigated the century's social, cultural, and historical upheavals and worked to redefine Britain's national identity along the way. Key writers may include Virginia Woolf, T.S. Eliot, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Zadie Smith. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement.

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