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Amy Muse

Associate Professor of English / Department Chair
Degree
Ph.D., Auburn University
M.A., Washington University (St. Louis)
B.A., University of Akron
At St. Thomas since 2001
Office
JRC 334
Hours
(Fall 2017) M/T 1:30-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5643
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I am a drama specialist; in both teaching and research I’m interested in dramatic literature, performance theory, and theatre history. My current project is a book about the playwright Sarah Ruhl (The Drama and Theatre of Sarah Ruhl for Bloomsbury/Methuen Drama) and theatre as a space for experiencing intimacy. I’ve also published essays on female Hamlets, theatre of the invisible-made-visible, plays about the 1820s revolution in Greece, and experiencing grief vicariously in the theatre, and I encourage personally-engaged, historically-rooted, idiosyncratic essay writing in my courses. On campus you can usually find me teaching Shakespeare and other courses on drama, performance & social change, British Romanticism, the classical tradition, literary criticism, and essay writing, and I also teach study abroad courses in Greece.

 

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
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ENGL 121 - PW2 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 OEC 454
CRN: 40980 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse 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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J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 361 - L01 Bodying Forth Shakespeare - T - R - - - 0800 - 0940 MHC 209
CRN: 21113 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse Audiences in the age of Shakespeare were well familiar with the visceral impact of literature, the way in which drama, for example, can work on both the nerves and the mind. They took seriously somatic responses to literary texts and saw clear ties between literature, emotions, and bodily health. Some feared that drama had a dangerous invasive power, like a virus, while others praised it for its curative properties. In this course we will read such 17th-century best-sellers as Robert Burton’s ANATOMY OF MELANCHOLY and Thomas Heywood’s APOLOGY FOR ACTORS alongside deep and close examinations of love, melancholy, rage, and forgiveness in plays such as Shakespeare’s HAMLET, MUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING, THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, KING LEAR, and THE WINTER'S TALE, Heywood’s A WOMAN KILLED WITH KINDNESS, and John Webster’s THE DUCHESS OF MALFI. We will also research early modern medical practices and theories of the emotions and passions and the body and soul, seeing what they illuminate about the plays as well as what they might say to us about our understandings of literature, emotions, and health today. This course counts both as an early British literature course and as a Contexts and Convergences course for English majors. It also satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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HONR 480 - L05 HONORS Talking Suitcases - T - - - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 313
CRN: 22264 2 Credit Hours Instructor: Amy M. Muse, Susan J. Armington These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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