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Alexis Easley

Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Oregon
B.S., M.F.A., University of Alaska Fairbanks
At St. Thomas since 2005
Office
JRC 317
Hours
(Spring 2020) R 4:00-5:30pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5653
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As a researcher, teacher, and editor, I am interested in everything Victorian. I recently published two award-winning essay collections, The Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century Periodicals and Newspapers (2016) and Researching the Nineteenth-Century Periodical Press: Case Studies (2017), both co-edited with Andrew King and John Morton. I have also published two monographs, Literary Celebrity, Gender, and Victorian Authorship, 1850–1914 (U Delaware P, 2011) and First-Person Anonymous: Women Writers and Victorian Print Media, 1830-70 (Ashgate-Routledge, 2004). I am currently working on an edited collection, Women, Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1830s–1900s, with Beth Rodgers and Clare Gill (Edinburgh UP, 2019). Other current research and teaching interests include Victorian women writers, literary copyright, nineteenth-century journalism, mass-market poetry, media studies, Eliza Cook, and the Brontës.

 

Spring 2020 Courses

Spring 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 630 - 01 The Gothic Novel See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

22327 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

Vampires, ghosts, murders, madness, living portraits, dungeons, secret passageways, sexual deviance, forbidden romance, and hysteria. The sensationalism of the Gothic novel made it one of the most popular -- and controversial -- genres in British literary history. This course will begin with the roots of the Gothic novel in the late eighteenth century and will then trace the development and transformation of gothicism over the course of the nineteenth century. Following current scholarship, we will pose questions about belief in the supernatural, representations of violence, the significance of fantasy and fear, and the role of gender, race, class, and sexuality in the literature of terror. Course texts will include Horace Walpole's THE CASTLE OF OTRANTO, Matthew Lewis's THE MONK, Jane Austen's NORTHANGER ABBEY, and Bram Stoker's DRACULA. Novels will be supplemented with readings in recent theory and criticism as well as a selection of cultural materials, including nineteenth-century poetry, journalism, and visual arts. This course will meet in class for the first 10 weeks, followed by 3 weeks of independent study and advising, and a final presentation week at the end of the semester. This course satisfies the early literature distribution requirement and counts as a 600-level course.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
JRC 2221800-2100- - - R - - -
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1800-210021 May '20
GENG 699 - 01 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

23275 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

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GENG 699 - 02 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

23276 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

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GENG 699 - 03 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

23309 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2020 Courses

Summer 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 699 - 03 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

30603 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GENG 699 - 06 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

30624 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

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GENG 699 - 07 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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Location:

Course Registration Number:

30625 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

The capstone for graduate programs in English is the Master's Project course. For the MA in English, students complete an essay that provides an opportunity for lengthy reflection about selected works or authors. The purpose is to give students a final opportunity to develop an area of expertise while they refine their writing, revising, and editing skills. For the MA in Creative Writing and Publishing, students complete a chapbook-length portfolio of 40-50 pages such as a collection of poetry, literary fiction, young adult fiction or creative nonfiction. In either program, students will present their project to a review committee of a faculty advisor and two additional faculty readers and should demonstrate a high level of cogency and stylistic grace. The Master's Project (GENG 699) is its own course with its own unique registration and counts for 3 credits towards the Master of Arts in English of Master of Arts in Creative Writing and Publishing degree.

Schedule Details

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Fall 2020 Courses

Fall 2020 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 190 - W09 Adv Crit Thinking: Lit&Writing - T - R - - - 1330 - 1510 OEC 208

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- T - R - - -

Time of Day:

1330 - 1510

Location:

OEC 208

Course Registration Number:

47326 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

English 190 is a core course in literature and writing for specially qualified students who show greater aptitude and preparation than typical first-year students or those whose pre-matriculation credits cover some, but not all, of the content of ENGL 121. The learning goals are the same as those for ENGL 121; however, writing, critical thinking, and textual analysis are taught at a higher level and with increased complexity in this course.

Schedule Details

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GENG 672 - 01 Literature & Celebrity Culture See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

46433 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

M. A. Easley

In the twenty-first century, celebrities are a ubiquitous feature of everyday life—in part due to the rise of new media, which allow for the viral transmission and re-circulation of news across culture. The expansion of new media has also allowed writers to fashion their own identities and to reach new audiences for their work. The postmodern idea of the literary celebrity as someone whose identity is constructed via new media got its start during the nineteenth century with the development of new communication technologies: film, photography, illustrated advertising, and mass-market newspapers. In this course, we will explore case studies from the nineteenth century—e.g., Charlotte Bronte, Charles Dickens, and Oscar Wilde—and then jump forward to the present moment, where writers such as Danez Smith and Mary Oliver use new media in ways that build upon and transform the strategies pioneered by their predecessors. We will also examine the fan groups and literary tourism industries that sprang up in response to writers’ celebrated book publications, both past and present. In the process, we will study literary works, new media texts, and recent theory and criticism on literary celebrity.

Schedule Details

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JRC 2221800-2100- - - R - - -
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1800-210017 Dec '20