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Catherine Craft-Fairchild

Professor of English
Degree
M.A., Ph.D., University of Rochester
B.A., Canisius College
At St. Thomas since 1989
Office
JRC 319
Hours
(Spring 2019) M/W/F 12:30-1:30pm; T 5:00-6:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5614
CV

I really enjoy learning with and from my students, so I teach an eclectic range of courses that allow me to explore new areas and share my interests with others. Although my primary specialty is 18th-century British literature, I also teach women's studies, literature and film, Jewish literature, and most recently, a transatlantic course that combines British and American literature. My current research centers on the writing of Anglo-Irish novelist and educational reformer Maria Edgeworth, while earlier research focused on 18th- and 19th-century women writers more generally, with particular reference to the image and experience of masquerade.

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 212 - L01 British Authors II M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 310

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OEC 310

Course Registration Number:

21129 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Catherine Craft-Fairchild

How has the category of “English literature” expanded as a result of global changes over the nineteenth and twentieth centuries? How have authors responded to fundamental upheavals in the individual, religion, the British Empire, the role of women, and the value of poetry and art? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings in the British literary tradition from approximately 1789 to the present. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as revolution and reform, authorship, war, nationality and race, and the relationships between literature and other arts. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

Schedule Details

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GENG 573 - 01 Between Worlds: Racial Divide - T - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 212

Days of Week:

- T - - - - -

Time of Day:

1800 - 2100

Location:

OEC 212

Course Registration Number:

21949 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Catherine Craft-Fairchild

This course will explore the history of women’s writing about miscegenation and its consequences for women’s lives in the United States. Before the Civil War, “tragic mulatta” tales like Lydia Maria Child’s “The Quadroons” and Dion Boucicault’s popular play The Octoroon invoked sympathy for female characters born in mixed-race unions who are raised as affluent white women only to discover, on their father’s death, that they are legally black by the “one drop” rule and will be sold as slaves. Like the parading of near-white slaves at rallies, these narratives were used in the service of enlisting white support for abolition. Yet more sophisticated texts, like Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Harriet Jacobs’ Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl, and Child’s Romance of the Republic worked changes on the “tragic mulatta” tale that allowed these writers to grapple with complex questions of racial identity raised by the highly charged subject positions of mixed-race persons in antebellum society. Obviously, the racial rift in America did not disappear with the ending of slavery; twentieth century writers continued to interrogate issues of identity formation, civil rights, women’s rights, and relational and familial dynamics using the liminal position of the mixed-race woman to define both problems and triumphs. We’ll explore the no-win situations created by Nella Larsen in Quicksand and Passing and the somewhat more hopeful explorations of race offered by current authors like Gloria Naylor (Mama Day) and Natasha Trethewey (Bellotcq’s Ophelia), along with a selection from the compelling body of historical and literary criticism on miscegenation.

Schedule Details

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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 201 - W04 The Play's the Thing: Drama M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 206

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 206

Course Registration Number:

42561 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Catherine Craft-Fairchild

This course examines the conventions of, and development within, a literary genre during a specific period or across literary history. It may also explore the particular choices made by writers working in several genres and the effects of those choices on us as readers. The course will examine both the conventions and innovations practiced by writers working within one or more genres or periods, and may include study of the authors' reflections on their own work and the work of their fellow writers. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing.

Schedule Details

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ENGL 324 - L01 Theater Talk-Back: Drama M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 OEC 206

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1335 - 1440

Location:

OEC 206

Course Registration Number:

42556 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Catherine Craft-Fairchild

This course would study theatrical works that have been reworked across time and place, and dramas that "speak" to each other intentionally. Medieval morality plays influenced modern playwrights Brian Friel (FAITH HEALER) and Yasmina Reza (GOD OF CARNAGE). William Shakespeare's KING LEAR became Nahum Tate's LEAR and Kurosawa's RAN. THE MERCHANT OF VENICE provided a counterpoint to Christopher Marlowe's JEW OF MALTA, and was rewritten twice in the Restoration and eighteenth century as George Granville's JEW OF VENICE and Richard Cumberland's THE JEW. Elements of these plays found purchase in Sholem Asch's GOD of VENGEANCE, which then became the centerpiece of Paula Vogel's INDECENT. Overall, then, this course will study a kind of theatrical genealogy, examining family trees of dramatic influence. This course satisfies a core Literature and Writing requirement for students who started that requirement with an ENGL 201-204 or 206 class and a genre distribution requirement for English majors and English with Creative Writing majors. This course also satisfies the WAC Writing to Learn requirement.

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