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Laura Zebuhr

Assistant Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
B.A., Ohio Wesleyan University
At St. Thomas since 2015
Office
JRC 313
Phone
(651) 962-5607
CV

I mostly teach and write about 19th-century American literature and am working on a project about Henry David Thoreau and the concept of enchantment. In my classes and research, I like to look at how literary, philosophical, and cultural texts from different times and places can be put in to conversation with each other.

Publications

2017.  "Sound Enchantment: The Case of Henry David Thoreau." New Literary History, vol. 48 no. 3, pp. 581-603.

2015. “The Work of Friendship in Nineteenth-Century American Friendship Album Verses.” American Literature. 87(3): 433-454.

2015. “The Voice of Ambiguity: Simone de Beauvoir’s Phenomenological and Literary
Echoes.” With Alexandra Morrison. Hypatia: a Journal of Feminist Philosophy.  30.2. 418-433.  

2015. Review of David Greven. Gender Protest and Same-Sex Desire in Antebellum American Literature. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate, 2014). Review 19. www.nbol-19.org.

2012. Review of Robert Azarallo. Queer Environmentality: Ecology, Evolution, and Sexuality in American Literature. (Burlington, VT: Ashgate,  2012.) Review 19. www.nbol-19.org

2012. Review of Branka Arsićand Cary Wolfe, eds. The Other Emerson. (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2010.) Cultural Critique. 82. 189-194.

2010. “Sounding Walden.” Mosaic: a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature. 43:3. 35-50.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - PW1 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - - - - 1335 - 1510 OEC 454
CRN: 40989 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr 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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ENGL 121 - W34 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 454
CRN: 41977 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr 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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GENG 547 - 01 19th-Century Amer Lit - - W - - - - 1800 - 2100 MHC 211
CRN: 42457 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr This course investigates a concept that is very intimately tied to commonplace narratives about the United States: freedom. Specifically, we will ask 19th-century literary and philosophical texts to help us think through the relationship between freedom and constraint. While we might perhaps think of freedom as the absence of constraint, such a conception of freedom makes it challenging to imagine our lives together, or to speak of “the common good.” We will look at how 19th-century texts theorize and represent what it might mean to be free. Secondary readings that introduce transnational philosophical and political debates about freedom and free will in the late 18th and 19th centuries, as well as slavery and emancipation, Indian Removal, immigration, and industrialization will frame our discussions. This course satisfies the pre-1900 American Literature distribution requirement.

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GENG 699 - 01 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 40926 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr

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GENG 699 - 02 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -
CRN: 41521 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr

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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 203 - W11 Beyonce's "Lemonade" Library M - W - - - - 1730 - 1915 OEC 209
CRN: 21721 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr Inspired by Candice Benbow's "Lemonade Syllabus," (2016) this course puts Knowles' visual album into a literary historical context by considering it alongside novels, poems, and autobiographical writing from the 18th c. to today, as well as 20th and 21st c. Black feminist thought. We will also examine how the album uses intertextuality by looking at some of its literary and cultural allusions. Required reading includes: Zora Neale Hurston's THEIR EYES WERE WATCHING GOD and Assata Shakur's autobiography, ASSATA. The writing load for this course is a minimum of 15 pages of formal revised pages. This course satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing Intensive requirement.

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ENGL 280 - L01 Intro to English Studies M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 OEC 210
CRN: 21242 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Laura R. Zebuhr This gateway course into the English major and the minor is an introduction to (a) literary tools, techniques, and terminology for reading and writing in English studies; (b) the history of English Studies as a discipline and the intellectual concepts and critical debates that have shaped the field; and (c) the practices of English Studies, from close reading and analysis of literary and critical texts to interpretation and scholarly research.

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