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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
Hours
(Spring 2016) T 12:00-1:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5615
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.

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 201 - W07 The American Short Story - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 212
CRN: 21715 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kelli A. Larson Even in the land of Super Targets and Big Mac hamburgers, bigger is not always better--at least not in terms of literature. Short stories, because of their compression and intensity, offer lively plots and constant surprises. To the delight of readers everywhere, American authors provide a wellspring of tales that uncover our past, define our present, and peep into our future. As we study the artistic development of the American short story, our process of discovery will be progressive, beginning with some of this country's earliest and most influential short story writers like Irving and Poe and closing with such masters of contemporary fiction as Alice Walker and Jill McCorkle. 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 201 - W08 The American Short Story - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 212
CRN: 21897 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kelli A. Larson Even in the land of Super Targets and Big Mac hamburgers, bigger is not always better--at least not in terms of literature. Short stories, because of their compression and intensity, offer lively plots and constant surprises. To the delight of readers everywhere, American authors provide a wellspring of tales that uncover our past, define our present, and peep into our future. As we study the artistic development of the American short story, our process of discovery will be progressive, beginning with some of this country's earliest and most influential short story writers like Irving and Poe and closing with such masters of contemporary fiction as Alice Walker and Jill McCorkle. 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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Summer 2016 Courses

Summer 2016 Courses
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Fall 2016 Courses

Fall 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 201 - W04 The American Short Story - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 305
CRN: 43338 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Kelli A. Larson Even in the land of Super Targets and Big Mac hamburgers, bigger is not always better--at least not in terms of literature. Short stories, because of their compression and intensity, offer lively plots and constant surprises. To the delight of readers everywhere, American authors provide a wellspring of tales that uncover our past, define our present, and peep into our future. As we study the artistic development of the American short story, our process of discovery will be progressive, beginning with some of this country's earliest and most influential short story writers like Irving and Poe and closing with such masters of contemporary fiction as Alice Walker and Jill McCorkle. 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 372 - 01 Make It New:American Modernism - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 203
CRN: 42442 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. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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