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Heather Bouwman

Associate Professor of English / Transfer Course Coordinator
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., University of Illinois (Urbana)
B.A., Calvin College (Grand Rapids)
At St. Thomas since 2001
Office
JRC 341
Phone
(651) 962-5603

I am deeply interested in stories by captives in colonial America—people who didn’t want to be where they were forced to be or do what they were forced to do. The texts by these people—many of them not professional writers—include captivity narratives, slave narratives, criminal confessions and trial accounts, and many early melodramas. 

I am also interested in the history of the book in colonial and early America.

In recent years I’ve been writing children’s and young adult fiction. My first novel, The Remarkable & Very True Story of Lucy & Snowcap, was a historical fantasy set in 1787, involving a boatload of escaped convicts. (My early American interests definitely inform my creative writing!) 

 

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W05 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 210
CRN: 20977 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 121 - W07 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 210
CRN: 21892 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 324 - L21 Genre: Rise of American Novel - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 210
CRN: 21890 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman In this course we'll read several novels, tracing the development of the American novel from its beginnings in the late 1700's through the so-called "American Renaissance" of the 1850's, finishing with the move to realism and naturalism in the late 1800's/early 1900's. We'll read and discuss popular fiction as well as literary fiction from a broad sampling of authors, looking also at the ways that the novel as a form developed over the long 19th century, and also looking at the way the novel as a physical object--and as a commodity--changed over the years. This course fulfills both the Early and the American Literature distribution requirements for English majors. It also satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 490 - 01 20th C. British Children's Lit M - W - - - - 1800 - 2000 OEC 210
CRN: 30264 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman The subject matter of these courses will vary from year to year, but will not duplicate existing courses. Descriptions of these courses are available in the Searchable Class Schedule on Murphy Online, View Searchable Class Schedule

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GENG 598 - 01 20th C. British Children's Lit M - W - - - - 1800 - 2000 OEC 210
CRN: 30265 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman

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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - PW1 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940
CRN: 41103 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman Students will read and write about literary texts critically and closely. The course emphasizes recursive reading and writing processes that encourage students to discover, explain, question and clarify ideas. To this end, students will study a variety of genres as well as terms and concepts helpful to close analysis of those genres. They will practice various forms of writing for specific audiences and purposes. Students will reflect on and develop critical awareness of their own strengths and weaknesses as readers and writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 12 pages of formal revised writing.

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