Shannon Scott portrait

Shannon Scott

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 316
Hours
(Spring 2016) M/W 10:45-11:45am; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5622

Werewolves, circuses, film noir detectives, and femme fatales--these are the themes of the English courses I teach. Each class is an exploration of lives lived on the edge of a tightrope or a knife, in the shadows of a sideshow tent or the silhouette of a smoking gun. What I love about teaching these topics is that no two classes are ever the same--new experiences, new texts and films, and, most importantly, new blood.

In 2015, my article "Female Werewolf as Monstrous Other in Honoré Beaugrand's 'The Werewolves'" was published in She-Wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves (U of Manchester Press).

Spring 2016 Courses

Spring 2016 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W04 Howl in the Night: Werewolves M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 210
CRN: 22532 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shannon F. Scott This course examines how wolves and werewolves have been portrayed and evolved in literature and film—from Ovid’s METAMORPHOSIS to Indigenous American creation stories to medieval Britain and France (BISCLAVRET, THE LAI DE MELION, and ARTHUR AND GORLAGON) to the Victorian era (Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Clemence Housman) to contemporary film (THE WOLF MAN), art (Jazmina Cininas), and music (Warren Zevon, Blitzen Trapper). This course also explores the biology of wolves through Dr. Mech’s research, the controversial wolf hunt in Minnesota, the essays and photography of “Romeo” in Alaska, and the tales of Jack London. Garry Marvin’s WOLF provides analysis of the wolf in popular culture. By looking at fairy tales, penny dreadfuls, poems, and art we will look at how wolves and werewolves have been demonized, sympathized, glorified, and romanticized. Contemporary fiction from Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, Michael Chabon, Ben Percy, and the feminist writers of the collection WOLF GIRLS further demonstrate how werewolf lore has shifted over time as our perception of wolves and wildness has similarly changed. 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 203 - W05 Noir in Film & Literature M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200
CRN: 42616 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shannon F. Scott This course explores the genre of noir in both film and literature, looking back at detective fiction of the 1930s, German Expressionist film in pre-war Berlin, America during World War II, and blacklisting in Hollywood during the Cold War. Also investigated will be “neo-noir” films and literary texts, noting how the genre has transformed over time, as well as how stories and screenplays are adapted for the screen. We will read works by Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Hughes, Janet Fitch, Naomi Hirahara, and Walter Mosley, and view films by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang. 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 203 - W06 Noir in Film and Literature M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320
CRN: 42617 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shannon F. Scott This course explores the genre of noir in both film and literature, looking back at detective fiction of the 1930s, German Expressionist film in pre-war Berlin, America during World War II, and blacklisting in Hollywood during the Cold War. Also investigated will be “neo-noir” films and literary texts, noting how the genre has transformed over time, as well as how stories and screenplays are adapted for the screen. We will read works by Raymond Chandler, Dorothy Hughes, Janet Fitch, Naomi Hirahara, and Walter Mosley, and view films by directors such as Alfred Hitchcock, John Huston, Billy Wilder, and Fritz Lang. 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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