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Elizabeth Wilkinson

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Greensboro
M.A., Virginia Polytechnic and State University
B.A., M.Ed., The Pennsylvania State University at University Park
At St. Thomas since 2008
Office
JRC 358
Hours
(Spring 2018) M/W 2:00-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5632
CV

Siyo! ("Hi" in Tsalagi) I moved here from North Carolina, where I had been studying Cherokee language, literature, and culture. Here, I'm tapping into and expanding my knowledge of the Dakota and Anishinaabe peoples--the indigenous nations of Minnesota. Along with Native American literatures from all over North America, I teach Women's Literature, and Sports Literature; more often than you might expect, these three overlap. My courses often cross-list with Women's Studies and with American Culture and Difference. Miigwitch! ("Thanks" in Anisinaabeg)

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 202 - W04 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

22389 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

Why did two men walk, shoeless, to the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the U.S. national anthem? Who stood beside them in solidarity? Why does a poem about the first Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Marathon in 1984 end with the line, “and standing”? What basketball team was declared World Champion following the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904? These and other questions highlight the convergence of sport, culture, and social justice, an intersection that is embedded in our history and lauded in our literature. In this class, we will investigate the literature of sport and social justice via interdisciplinary perspectives. Sport provides a lens through which we can see the values of America more clearly. It can show us the best we have to offer . . . and sometimes, unfortunately, the worst. We will consider it all, focusing on the ways that sport has become an arena for politics, culture, and social justice. To accomplish this we will read the work of sports writers, essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights, but we will also engage productions of contemporary culture such as photographic images, social media, videos, and memes. Through all of these we will seek to consider sport not as an apolitical pastime, but as a complex and fraught landscape where the issues and problems that our country grapples with are present in numerous and fascinating ways. 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 202 - W06 Sports and Social Justice M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 JRC 246

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

JRC 246

Course Registration Number:

22391 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

Why did two men walk, shoeless, to the medal podium at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and raise black-gloved fists during the playing of the U.S. national anthem? Who stood beside them in solidarity? Why does a poem about the first Olympic gold medalist in Women’s Marathon in 1984 end with the line, “and standing”? What basketball team was declared World Champion following the St. Louis World’s Fair in 1904? These and other questions highlight the convergence of sport, culture, and social justice, an intersection that is embedded in our history and lauded in our literature. In this class, we will investigate the literature of sport and social justice via interdisciplinary perspectives. Sport provides a lens through which we can see the values of America more clearly. It can show us the best we have to offer . . . and sometimes, unfortunately, the worst. We will consider it all, focusing on the ways that sport has become an arena for politics, culture, and social justice. To accomplish this we will read the work of sports writers, essayists, poets, novelists and playwrights, but we will also engage productions of contemporary culture such as photographic images, social media, videos, and memes. Through all of these we will seek to consider sport not as an apolitical pastime, but as a complex and fraught landscape where the issues and problems that our country grapples with are present in numerous and fascinating ways. 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 218 - L01 Lit by Women:Critical Hist M - W - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 209

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

20325 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

From Sappho to Austen to Woolf to Morrison – women have been rendering the world into exquisite words for centuries. But how has the writing of women served as a critique of patriarchy? What impact has women’s writing had on important cultural and political movements such as abolition, suffrage, and environmentalism? In what ways has the writing of women been more radical than polite, more aggressive than demure, more confrontational than deferential? How have women consistently defied the limiting expectations of them through the creation of some of the most experimental, risky, and defiant works of literature in existence? These questions and more will be explored in this course, which focuses on the history of literature by women. While it will concentrate mainly on British and American women writers, the course will also address the work of non-western writers. Ultimately, this course will examine gender and its role in both the composition and reading of literary texts. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major, and the Human Diversity Requirement in the Core Curriculum. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

Schedule Details

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W42 HONORS Just Play: Sports Lit M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42537 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

What is any sports event but a story--multiple stories--playing out before our eyes? Sports by definition involve drama: conflicts in decision making, in relationships, with nature, and, if we believe it possible, conflicts with the supernatural. It's not an accident that some of our greatest metaphors come from the arena of athletics. Through sports we have a way to look at human values--at the best we have to offer and sometimes the worst. We’ll use sports literature to investigate what is just… and what is unjust… and how we discern which is which. In this class, we will read fiction, non-fiction, drama, and poetry. Books may include SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA, THE REAL ALL-AMERICANS, TAKE ME OUT, and BEST AMERICAN SPORTS WRITING 2017. The writing load for this course is 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Please note that this course is open only to students in the Aquinas Honors Program.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 341 - L01 Women, Sport, & the Body M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510

Days of Week:

M - W - - - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1510

Location:

Course Registration Number:

42523 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Elizabeth L. Wilkinson

In 1894-1895, Annie Londonderry biked around the world and survived by writing articles! Frances Willard, advocate for women's rights, the eight-hour work day, equal pay for women (still working on that, huh?), and suffrage--learned how to ride a bike at age 53 and in 1895 published WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL. These women paved the way for athlete-authors such as Lynne Cox (who held the women's and men's world record for swimming the English Channel) and Maxine Kumin (who, along with being U.S. Poet Laureate and a Pulitzer Prize winner, was a college athlete). These and other great women writers explore their sports and their bodies in ways that both reflect and contest societal restrictions and expectations. This course will use their texts and other essays, articles, short stories, novels, and poetry to explore the intersections of women, sport, and the body in literature. This course is ideal for men and women studying literature, gender, and various facets of physical education, sport, health, and human development. Texts may include: A WHOLE OTHER BALL GAME: WOMEN'S LITERATURE ON WOMEN'S SPORT, AROUND THE WORLD ON TWO WHEELS, WHEEL WITHIN A WHEEL, SWIMMING TO ANTARCTICA, and PRETTY GOOD FOR A GIRL. Additionally, we will venture out of the classroom to take in a roller derby bout and possibly even watch our WNBA championship MN Lynx! This course satisfies the Human Diversity requirement of the core curriculum and the Diversity Literature requirement for English majors. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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