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Kelli Larson

Professor of English / Academic Development Program Coordinator
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., Michigan State University
B.A., Aquinas College
At St. Thomas since 1990
Office
JRC 318
Phone
(651) 962-5615
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I specialize in American literature of the 19th and 20th centuries and regularly teach the American Authors I survey, the American short story, and an occasional modern American literature course. I particularly enjoy teaching the works of Ambrose Bierce, Edgar Allan Poe, and Ernest Hemingway. Most recently, I have been working with a small group of students each fall semester to update the volume Ernest Hemingway, A Reference Guide published back in 1990 and to produce the "Current Bibliography" for The Hemingway Review.

Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 110 - PW2 Intensive Writing - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 210
CRN: 40089 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kelli A. Larson The course provides students with intensive practice in writing, enabling them to adapt to the demands of differing rhetorical contexts. Emphasis on understanding writing processes and learning to respond thoughtfully to writing at various stages. Critical reading will be practiced as an integral part of the writing process. Prerequisite: participation in the Academic Development Program

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ENGL 372 - L01 Make It New:American Modernism - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 210
CRN: 42452 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kelli A. Larson “Make it new” was the rallying cry of those visionary writers who literally and figuratively exploded into that revolutionary period between World War I and World War II, a time characterized by experimentation and innovation in all of the arts. Fueled by their desire to disrupt tradition and challenge the world’s values and sense of order, American moderns forged the way for our contemporary writers. And although one hundred years separate our world from theirs, their writings still feel timely and familiar. Their concerns and struggles, from politics and technology to women’s rights and racism, continue to be our concerns and struggles. So join us as we rediscover some of this country’s greatest writers, Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Hughes, Hurston, and others, whose cry to “make it new” still rings true today. This course satisfies the American Literature distribution requirement for majors who started at St. Thomas previous to Fall 2015. For English majors who started at St. Thomas in Fall 2015 or later, this course satisfies the Contexts and Convergences distribution requirement and the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn core curriculum requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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ENGL 217 - L01 Multicultural Literature - T W R F - - 0900 - 1200 OEC 210
CRN: 10218 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kelli A. Larson What does it mean to be labeled an African American dramatist? A Latino/a poet? A transgender novelist? An Asian American essayist? A Native American environmental writer? How do the varied experiences and backgrounds of authors writing from diverse subject positions inform, mark, and/or transform their writing? How do the works of these writers fit into, conflict with, actively resist, or even redefine the American Literary canon as it has been traditionally understood? These questions and more will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive reading of literature from: a) American communities of color; b) postcolonial peoples; c) immigrant and/or diasporic peoples; or d) LGBTQ communities. This course will focus on the literary and cultural texts of one or more of these groups with an emphasis on the cultural, political, and historical contexts that surround them. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, and the Human Diversity Requirement in the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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