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.

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
CRN: 21874 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Emily M. James As a capstone seminar, ENGL 481 is designed to synthesize the intellectual experiences of the English major within the whole of the undergraduate curriculum, and to serve as a transition between undergraduate liberal arts education and the next steps in students' lives in graduate school or other career paths in the humanities. Students in this course will synthesize their disciplinary skills by exploring a particular literary problem or issue in depth; they will focus on, and write about, their own postgraduate vocational plans and aspirations within the field of English or related postgraduate endeavors.

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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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