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Jeannie Hofmeister

Instructor of English
M.A. University of St. Thomas
B.A., College of the Holy Cross (Massachusetts)
At St. Thomas since 2005
JRC 343
(651) 962-5696

Although I teach a wide variety of literature in my classes, I am primarily interested in 19th and 20th Century American Literature with an emphasis on Nathaniel Hawthorne Studies.  I also enjoy teaching Civil War Literature, which includes Walt Whitman, Emily Dickinson and Stephen Crane.  Other areas of expertise include the literary works of Willa Cather, Robert Frost and Sylvia Plath. 

J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W07 Secrets, Lies, & Deception M - W - F - - 1335 - 1440 JRC 227

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1335 - 1440


JRC 227

Course Registration Number:

22454 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


Jeannie L. Hofmeister

“Tell all the truth but tell it slant—” American poet, Emily Dickinson suggests that the truth is often deliberately distorted. Are there times when the blunt truth is too painful to hear? Are some lies justified? Conversely, throughout history people have lied for their own gain or simply for the thrill of knowing they have the power to deceive. Are there consequences for deliberate acts of deception? In this course, we will examine how writers explore this human characteristic and discuss what we can learn about ourselves by considering the theme of lies and deception in literature. Possible texts include: “Wakefield” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, STATE OF WONDER by Ann Patchett, THE BURGESS BOYS by Elizabeth Strout, NEVER LET ME GO by Kazuo Ishiguro, and DOUBT by John Patrick Shanley. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised writing. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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Summer 2019 Courses

Summer 2019 Courses
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