Mary Frandson portrait

Mary Frandson

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 317
Hours
(Fall 2014) T 12:00-2:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5622

What excites me about teaching is being a privileged witness to students employing the intimacy of language to describe the world and their participation with it, and by doing so, coming closer to saying who they are. In both my teaching and research, I’m interested in the multifarious ways individuals conduct meaning from experience through the use of language not just in text, but through song, art, blog posts, and digital technologies. I’m especially interested in the endless possibilities of hybrid lyricism, experimental poetry, and quantum poetics. The questions I engage with in the essays and poetry I write involve the complex relationships between literature and science, and how scientific data can provide provocations that render aesthetic realizations. What compels me into other areas of interest (post-modernist poetry, action paintings, abstract expressionism and surrealism, the narratives of photographic essays, and spiritual writings of the saints and mystics) is how both artists and writers have met the challenges of discovering new metaphoric potentials. And since on my bookshelf next to the “Handbook of Poetic Forms” stands “The Complete Handbook of Pro Football”, I’m enticed to momentary breaks to delight in sports literature, and have been rumored a time or two to take my classes out onto the football field to re-enact the pass-play language of Hail Marys, “Bumerooskies,” the “Hook and Ladder,” and “Statue of Liberty.”   

Selected Publications
Newspaper articles, sports writing, editorials, narrative journalism, interviews, copywriting editorials, and poetry have appeared in The Paynesville Press, The Record, Studio One, The Sportsman’s Guide, MARGIE: The American Journal of Poetry, and The Bellevue Review

Current Book-Length Projects
Absolving Toxcities – a manuscript of poetry that cogitates the relationship between the disease of cancer and one’s humanity; and Saints Among Us - a collection of poetry lit with the miraculous and humanistic qualities of saints that could be adopted into one’s everyday life.

Courses Taught
Re-envisioning American Lit, Saints and Miracles, Critical Thinking: Literature and Writing, Analytical Writing, Composition I & II, Writing Foundations, The Romantic Rebellion, and The Old, Weird America: Music as Democratic Speech.

Editorial Experience
Editor-in-Chief of Studio One. Editor and Trafficking Coordinator for The Sportsman’s Guide.

Awards
The Power of You Teaching Award from Saint Paul College, Finalist for the 49th Parallel Award for Poetry from Bellingham Review, Above and Beyond Award for Excellence in Editing from The Sportsman’s Guide, and 4-time Gold Medal Award Winner from Columbia University Press for Studio One.

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - 27 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 307
CRN: 41333 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary E. Frandson 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 204 - 03 Re-Envisioning America - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 212
CRN: 42497 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary E. Frandson From the first conception of a New World to the latest re-envisioning of America, this course will survey a kaleidoscopic view of adapting American literacies through the visual arts, maps, collage and photomontage, letters, cartoons, social networks, hip-hop ballads, film, and the language of campaign speeches and inaugural addresses. We will explore how literary genres grow out of a need for expression of what it means to be an American, and question whether or not there exists a philosophy that shapes an American intellectual identity. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 204 - 04 Re-Envisioning America - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 212
CRN: 42498 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary E. Frandson From the first conception of a New World to the latest re-envisioning of America, this course will survey a kaleidoscopic view of adapting American literacies through the visual arts, maps, collage and photomontage, letters, cartoons, social networks, hip-hop ballads, film, and the language of campaign speeches and inaugural addresses. We will explore how literary genres grow out of a need of expression of what it means to be an American, and question whether or not there exists a philosophy that shapes an American intellectual identity. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
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Spring 2015 Courses

Spring 2015 Courses
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ENGL 201 - 04 Passports: Poetry Around World - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 305
CRN: 22459 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary E. Frandson Get ready to stamp your passport! In 107 days (the approximate length of the semester) this course explores and excavates the historical, political, social and revolutionary events and cultures from around the world channeled through poetic voices throughout the century. As Williams Carols Williams once said, “The act of writing is to reveal,” and poetic examination at its best, reveals the complex lives and the rich cultures of people from around the world including the Middle East, Asia, Palestine, Lebanon, Europe and North and South America. Focus given to learning to closely read poetic text will not only demonstrate how poetry functions like a machine of words, but from selected text emerges a most vital opportunity for today's scholar looking to deepen their understanding of the human condition and heighten their awareness to the lives of others, as each poem offers a new perspective world view. This course also offers experimentation with various forms of poetry, in order to identify, strengthen and empower one's own creative voice on the page in that everyone may see how necessary it is to offer that voice, their own story, a contribution, a gift, to the universal verse. Students will closely read a handful of poetic text including: LANGUAGE FOR A NEW CENTURY: CONTEMPORARY POETRY FROM THE MIDDLE EAST, ASIA AND BEYOND, WE BEING HERE: POEMS FOR PALESTINE AND LEBANON, and THE NEW EUROPEAN POETS. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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ENGL 203 - 18 Saints and Miracles - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 305
CRN: 22831 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Mary E. Frandson This course is a study of the stories of saints through a variety of genres such as historical fiction, poetry, prayer, the language of novenas, memoir, and autobiography. At the forefront of our contextual explorations, we'll examine how saints teach us how to live in any walk of life or set of circumstances, how they persevere in the face of adversity, and how they have the strength to deal with discouragement. Selected texts will examine the religious journeys of saints, explore their mystical experiences and personal philosophies, and question their humanism within the constructs of their culture and time. As author Molly Wolf writes, "Saints have shown us that there is the possibility of living Godwardly in this life, however imperfectly we do it." The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

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