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Martin Warren

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., St. John's University (Minnesota)
At St. Thomas since 1998
Office
JRC 307
Hours
(Fall 2016) M 4:00-5:40pm; W 1:00-2:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5665
CV

I am a medievalist whose main area of concentration is the 14th and 15th centuries. Besides teaching Chaucer, I teach the literature of King Arthur from its beginnings to the present day. Tolkien is a favorite of mine, especially since he was a medievalist. When I teach Tolkien, I teach about the medieval background to his major literary works such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Other areas that I work in are literary theory and science fiction. What fascinates me about science fiction is how it helps us to ask all kinds of great questions about how life and the universe works, whether it’s religious, political, or philosophical questions. At present, I am working on a project to do with the Gawain-poet who wrote the excellent poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

J-Term 2017 Courses

J-Term 2017 Courses
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Spring 2017 Courses

Spring 2017 Courses
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ENGL 221 - L01 Modern Trad: European Classics M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 301
CRN: 20087 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren "Tradition," the opening number for the Broadway musical, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF sets the major theme of the show: the villagers trying to continue their traditions and keep their society running as the world around them changes. We humans cling to our traditions: that body of beliefs, principles, and ideas, which defines our world. So, what are the themes we love in our Modern Tradition? Try innocence and divine justice (or punishment), love and sexuality, forbidden or tragic knowledge, and politics (not the least the politics involved in tradition itself). Which of our themes caused Louis XIV to ban Tartuffe? What is so funny about the innocence of Candide? What is so existentialist about Dostoevsky’s NOTES FROM UNDERGROUND? What do we learn about good and evil in Tadeusz Borowski’s short stories? We'll explore the answers to these and other questions through our exploration of classic European texts. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204. This course satisfies the Early Literature requirement for pre-2015 English majors and the Historical Perspectives requirement for Fall 2015 and later English majors. This course also satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn core requirement.

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ENGL 325 - L11 Tolkien: Middle Earth/Ages M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 227
CRN: 21871 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren J.R.R. Tolkien is best known for THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS, works that have been popular since they were first published. As an Oxford Professor and eminent medievalist, he wrote out of what he knew about Old English, Old Norse, and Middle English literature. He was a ground-breaking medieval scholar who loved his work so much that he created fictional works rooted in the language and traditions of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, Gothic, and Celtic cultures that he studied. This course explores Tolkien's work as rooted in ancient and medieval legends, mythologies, and literary genres and practices. We will seek to understand Tolkien's achievement both in its own right and as the continuation of the classical and medieval narrative traditions it both springs from and renews. Among the topics to be dealt with: Tolkien's understanding of mythology and "faerie story"; Germanic and Finnish mythology; Anglo-Saxon literature; Celtic legend and mythology; the genre of medieval romance; his critics; and the silver screen. THIS IS NOT A COURSE FOR BEGINNERS NEW TO THE WORKS OF TOLKIEN OR FOR THOSE WHO HAVE SEEN ONLY PETER JACKSON'S MOVIE VERSIONS. Prior knowledge of THE HOBBIT and THE LORD OF THE RINGS will provide the foundation for much of our analysis. This course fulfills the Early Literature distribution requirement and counts as a 300-level course for English majors who started at St. Thomas prior to Fall 2015. For students who started at St. Thomas in Fall 2015 or later, this course satisfies the Early British Literature area distribution requirement and the Context and Convergences distribution requirement. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement as well. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, 204, or 206.

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GENG 699 - 04 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22737 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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GENG 699 - 5 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22738 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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GENG 699 - 7 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22747 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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GENG 699 - 8 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 22748 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren

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Summer 2017 Courses

Summer 2017 Courses
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