Emily James  portrait

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.

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - 02 Visual Literacy - T - R - 1330 - 1510 MHC 211
CRN: 42359 4 Credit Hours In this course, we will explore the rich intersections between image and text across the twentieth century. Working from a critical framework of readings about the visual, we will apply certain key terms and concepts--from ekphrasis to punctum--to graphic novels, photo-essays, and stories and novels about visual artists. As a class, we will practice close-reading both images and literary texts, collaboratively developing a set of analytical strategies and practices along the way. This course will also involve visits to local museums, galleries, and exhibits. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.
ENGL 202 - 03 Visual Literacy - T - R - 1525 - 1700 MHC 211
CRN: 42389 4 Credit Hours In this course, we will explore the rich intersections between image and text across the twentieth century. Working from a critical framework of readings about the visual, we will apply certain key terms and concepts-- from ekphrasis to punctum--to graphic novels, photo-essays, and stories and novels about visual artists. As a class, we will practice close-reading both images and literary texts, collaboratively developing a set of analytical strategies and practices along the way. The course will also involve visits to local museums, galleries, and exhibits. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.
ENGL 450 - 01 James Joyce and Company - - - R - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 43216 4 Credit Hours This advanced course will focus on a closely defined group of literary and critical texts. Students will be asked to synthesize as they read and write, using extensive critical analysis to integrate their experience of literary texts with relevant critical insights and ongoing scholarship. Students will also be expected to take part in and lead discussion, and to write a substantial critical essay. Prerequisites: 5 courses beyond the ENGL 100 level including ENGL 380. Open to limited graduate student enrollment by permission of instructor and the graduate program director.
GENG 637 - 01 James Joyce and Company - - - R - 1800 - 2100 JRC 481
CRN: 42368 3 Credit Hours The writings of Irish writer James Joyce have enchanted, bewildered, and offended readers for over a century. We will begin with the 1914 short story collection DUBLINERS (pausing to celebrate its centennial!) and proceed to the 1922 novel ULYSSES--"a book to which we are all indebted," in the words of fellow modernist T. S. Eliot, "and from which none of us can escape." We will take our time here, exploring the novel's thorny publication history and coupling its episodes with current critical perspectives. Next, we turn to selections of FINNEGANS WAKE (1939) for equal parts amusement and challenge. As the course title promises, our readings will include selections of poetry, fiction, music, and art that either inspired or echoed Joyce's work. Along the way, we will survey Joycean criticism in preparation for the seminar's final essay assignment. The course will likely include a guest speaker and a visit to UST's Celtic Collection. This course counts as a 600-level elective. Prerequisite: GENG 513.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location