Shannon Scott

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 345
Hours
(Fall 2014) T/R 12:00-1:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5654

Summer 2014 Courses

Summer 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2014 Courses

Fall 2014 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - 08 Ringmasters: The Circus in Lit - T - R - 0955 - 1135 JRC 222
CRN: 42491 4 Credit Hours This class explores the many facets of performativity, exhibition, and exploitation in the circus through a series of texts told from multiple perspectives: ringmasters, sideshow acts, animal tamers, and acrobats. The course will move back and forth in time, examining Roman circuses and expectations of entertainment in ancient civilizations as well as Victorian circuses, with an emphasis on female acrobats, and perhaps featuring Sleary's Circus from Charles Dickens's HARD TIMES. Also included will be an examination of Toulouse-Lautrec's depictions of the circuses of Moliere and Fernando and the Nouveau Cirque, as well as excerpts from P.T. Barnum's extraordinary autobiography, THE ART OF GETTING MONEY, OR HINTS AND HELPS TO MAKE A FORTUNE. Contemporary carnivals will be studied in the collection, STEP RIGHT UP: STORIES OF CARNIVALS, SIDESHOWS, AND THE CIRCUS, which feature works by Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, Angela Carter, Flannery O'Connor, and Franz Kafka. Katherine Dunn's GEEK LOVE will be read in its entirety. Cathy Day's THE CIRCUS IN WINTER, Sara Gruen's WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, and Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS are also in consideration as secondary novels. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.
ENGL 203 - 11 Ringmasters: The Circus in Lit - T - R - 1330 - 1510 OEC 307
CRN: 42488 4 Credit Hours This course explores the many facets of performativity, exhibition, and exploitation in the circus through a series of texts told from multiple perspectives: ringmasters, sideshow acts, animal tamers, and acrobats. The course will move back and forth in time, examining Roman circuses and expectations of entertainment in ancient civilizations as well as Victorian circuses, with an emphasis on female acrobats, and perhaps featuring Sleary's Circus from Charles Dickens's HARD TIMES. Also included will be an examination of Toulouse-Lautrec's depictions of the circuses of Moliere and Fernando and the Nouveau Cirque, as well as excerpts from P.T. Barnum's extraordinary autobiography, THE ART OF GETTING MONEY, OR HINTS AND HELPS TO MAKE A FORTUNE. Contemporary carnivals will be studied in the collections, STEP RIGHT UP: STORIES OF CARNIVALS, SIDESHOWS, AND THE CIRCUS, which features works by Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, Angela Carter, Flannery O'Connor, and Franz Kafka. Katherine Dunn's GEEK LOVE will be read in its entirety. Cathy Day's THE CIRCUS IN WINTER, Sara Gruen's WATER FOR ELEPHANTS, and Erin Morgenstern's THE NIGHT CIRCUS are also in consideration as secondary novels. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

J-Term 2015 Courses

J-Term 2015 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location