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(David) Todd Lawrence

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Missouri
M.A., Creighton University
B.A., Rockhurst University
At St. Thomas since 2003
Office
JRC 340
Phone
(651) 962-5625
CV
I teach African American literature and culture, folklore studies, and cultural studies. My research and teaching areas include the Black Arts Movement, James Baldwin, racial passing, black speculative writing, and ethnographic writing. My work straddles a number of areas, but generally sits at the intersection of identity, narrative, community, and culture. Recent work I’ve done includes a chapter on police incident videos, social media, and black counter-narratives; as well as a new book – When They Blew the Levee – an ethnographic study done in collaboration with former residents of Pinhook, Missouri, an African American town destroyed when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers intentionally breached the Birds Point levee during the Great Mississippi River Flood of 2011. This book, co-authored with Elaine Lawless, focuses on the persistence of community in the face of disaster and counter narratives of environmental and social justice

 

Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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GENG 699 - 06 Master's Project - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30635 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

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.

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Fall 2019 Courses

Fall 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ACST 200 - L01 Intro to Amer. Culture & Diff. M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 JRC 126

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M - W - - - -

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1335 - 1510

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JRC 126

Course Registration Number:

41935 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

In ACST 200, students learn about the historical and theoretical foundations of Cultural Studies as an academic discipline and use cultural theory to analyze a variety of cultural products and representations. In this course, students look specifically at dominant and subversive constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, national and sexual identities, and how these constructions are deployed through cultural practices and productions such as sports, film and television, folklore and popular culture, youth subcultures, music, and so on. For example, the course may contain units on "nation" and the creation of American mythologies; the process of hero-making in American history; stereotypes and the representation of race and ethnicity in television and film; representations of gender and sexuality in advertising; as well as a section on American music from jazz, blues, folk and roots music, to rock and roll, punk, and hip-hop. This course fulfills the Human Diversity requirement in the core curriculum. and satisfies the WAC Writing to Learn requirement.

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ENGL 202 - W02 Reading Black Resistance M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 SCB 104

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M - W - F - -

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0935 - 1040

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SCB 104

Course Registration Number:

42574 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

This course focuses on the long struggle of African Americans for justice and equality in the U.S. Analyzing literary and historical texts, students in this course will learn about and engage in research on African American history and culture. Utilizing historical, literary, and cultural approaches, this interdisciplinary course will immerse students into an exploration of the African American experience from multiple perspectives using dual disciplinary frameworks. For example, students may study Richard Wright’s NATIVE SON, but would read the text within the historical and cultural framework of the Great Migration, connecting Wright’s text not just to other literary texts, but situating it within an historical and cultural context vital to the novel’s creation and essential for its interpretation. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the WAC Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 217 - L01 Multicultural Literature M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 SCB 104

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M - W - F - -

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1055 - 1200

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SCB 104

Course Registration Number:

42554 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

David T. Lawrence

In this course students will critically engage some of the most interesting and celebrated black novels of the last twenty years with the intent of understanding what issues black writers are concerned with in the 21st century. Authors will include: Colson Whitehead, Jesmyn Ward, Edwidge Danticat, Yaa Gyasi, Percival Everett, Mitchell S. Jackson, and more. This course satisfies the both the core Literature and Writing requirement for students who started that requirement with an ENGL 201-204 class and the core Human Diversity requirement, fulfills both the Historical Perspectives and the Diversity Literature requirements in the English major, and satisfies a WAC Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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J-Term 2020 Courses

J-Term 2020 Courses
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