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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.

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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ENGL 202 - 05 Ways of Seeing - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 JRC 227
CRN: 42445 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James 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. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 367 - 01 20th-Cent. British Lit & Arts - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 BEC LL15
CRN: 42428 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James Make it New: Twentieth-Century British Literature and Other Arts. This course surveys twentieth-century literary experiments alongside innovations 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 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, Kazuo Ishiguro, and Zadie Smith. This course satisfies the British Literature distribution requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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