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Christopher Santiago

Assistant Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Southern California
M.A., University of Southern California
B.A., Oberlin College
B.M., Oberlin College
At St. Thomas since 2015
Office
JRC 354
Hours
(Spring 2019) M 1:00-3:00pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5609

“The universe is made of stories,
not of atoms.”

—    Muriel Rukeyser

I love words—on the page, on the screen, or in the ear. As a writer, teacher, and scholar, I never get tired of thinking about how words work, and I hope to get my students as excited about them as I am. This might mean listening to Beethoven’s late quartets to think about musical form in T. S. Eliot; it might also mean reading snarky blogs to consider the crafting of persona in T. S. 1989. In my research, I read the work of displaced writers and listen for echoes of the homes they’ve left behind. Sometimes these take the form of wordplay, as in the lyrics of the Sri Lankan/British rapper M.I.A.; at other times they take the form of soundscapes or invented languages. My dissertation, which I completed with generous support from The Mellon Foundation/ACLS, focused on writers of Asian diasporas, including Yoko Tawada and Jessica Hagedorn. I’ve found the “sonic” or “sound culture” approach, however, to be incredibly productive for reading the work of writers as diverse as Junot Diáz, James Joyce, Gertrude Stein, Harryette Mullens, Vladimir Nabokov, and William Shakespeare. My first novel, Arkipelagos, weaves together noir, speculative fiction, and postcolonial studies, and is set on a fictional island nation fraught with fake tribes, drunken expats, and fanatical proponents of artificial intelligence. You can find some of my poems, stories, and nonfiction in FIELD, Pleiades, Revolver, The Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere.

Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - W01 Intro to Imaginative Writing M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 212

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

OEC 212

Course Registration Number:

20756 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students’ critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 321 - W01 Writing Poetry M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 OEC 212

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

OEC 212

Course Registration Number:

20830 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of poetry writing. Emphasis on experimentation with a variety of techniques and development of individual voice. This course will include critique sessions, readings to broaden possibilities of form and subject, and individual instruction. Open to students with some previous experience in writing poetry. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
GENG 699 - 03 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

22945 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

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 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - W01 Intro to Imaginative Writing - - - - - - - -

Days of Week:

- - - - - - -

Time of Day:

-

Location:

Course Registration Number:

30524 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This fully online course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts (short fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction) that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students’ critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. It also satisfies a core literature/writing requirement for students who started with an ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204 class and counts as an allied requirement for select business majors. Finally, this course satisfies a Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 255 - W01 Intro to Imaginative Writing M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

SCB 211

Course Registration Number:

41449 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This course introduces students to skills necessary for imaginative writing. It includes close readings of literary texts that model basic techniques, weekly writing exercises that encourage exploration and development of craft, and workshop discussions to develop students’ critical skills. This course will include instruction in setting, character, voice, point of view, literal and figurative imagery, rhythm and sound patterns, and literary structures. This course satisfies the core Literature and Writing requirement for students who started that requirement with an ENGL 201-204 class, fulfills the Genre Studies requirement in the English major, and meets a requirement for the English with Creative Writing Emphasis and English with a Professional Writing Emphasis majors. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 322 - W01 Writing Fiction M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 SCB 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1055 - 1200

Location:

SCB 211

Course Registration Number:

40082 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Christopher S. Santiago

This intermediate course explores traditional and innovative patterns of fiction writing. Emphasis on experimentation with a variety of techniques and development of individual voice. This course will include critique sessions, readings to broaden possibilities of form and subject, and individual instruction. This course fulfills the Genre Study requirement in the English major. Prerequisite: ENGL 255 or permission of instructor.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)