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Heather Bouwman

Associate Professor of English
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!) 

 

Summer 2015 Courses

Summer 2015 Courses
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Fall 2015 Courses

Fall 2015 Courses
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ENGL 121 - P1 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 307
CRN: 41221 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 255 - 02 Intro to Imaginative Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 307
CRN: 42430 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Heather M. Bouwman This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students' critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. Please note that this class has recently been approved to count as a literature and writing core course for students who started their core requirement with ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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J-Term 2016 Courses

J-Term 2016 Courses
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