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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.

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
GENG 547 - 01 Global Transcendentalism See Details * *

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Course Registration Number:

30495 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Laura R. Zebuhr

This course considers the work of American Transcendentalists in a transnational and transhistorical context. We look at contemporaneous European philosophers -- Kant, Nietzsche, Swedenborg, Marx, Darwin, etc. -- to help frame the intellectual and literary context for Transcendentalism more broadly. We will then assess scholars' recent claims that these authors anticipate major twentieth-century philosophical movements like existentialism and phenomenology. Finally, we will investigate Transcendentalism's influence on movements such as Civil Rights, Indian Independence, and environmentalism. This course satisfies the pre-1900 American Literature distribution requirement (previous curriculum) or the early British/American Literature and Literature in a Global, Transatlantic, or Transnational perspective requirements (new curriculum).

Schedule Details

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MHC 2111800-210011 Jul '18
MHC 2111800-210025 Jul '18
MHC 2111800-210001 Aug '18
MHC 2111800-210015 Aug '18
GENG 699 - 02 Master's Essay - - - - - - - -

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Course Registration Number:

30703 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Laura R. Zebuhr

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Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W29 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 0955 - 1135 OEC 454

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0955 - 1135

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OEC 454

Course Registration Number:

41715 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

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 642 - 01 Colonial American Literature M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 210

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1800 - 2100

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OEC 210

Course Registration Number:

42463 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

3 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Laura R. Zebuhr

In this course we'll survey various kinds of writing in the American colonies and United States from 1492 to the turn of the 19th century. Genres of writing include letters, captivity narratives, autobiography, political writing, slave narratives, fiction, and poetry. Our focus will be three-fold: the texts themselves; practices of literacy; and the historical contexts in which these texts and practices emerged. This course satisfies the pre-1900 American Literature distribution requirement and counts as one 600-level course. This course also satisfies the early British/American requirement for the new curriculum. Prerequisite: GENG 513 or permission of the instructor.

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HONR 480 - 02 HONORS The Lemonade Library - - - R - - - 1330 - 1510 MHC 210

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1330 - 1510

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MHC 210

Course Registration Number:

42319 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

2 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Laura R. Zebuhr

These interdisciplinary seminars are intended to develop integrating insights through an analysis of topics chosen from different disciplines. Often they are taught by two faculty members or by a visiting lecturer who holds one of the endowed chairs at the university.

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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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