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Martin Warren

Associate Professor of English
Degree
Ph.D., University of Minnesota
M.A., St. John's University (Minnesota)
At St. Thomas since 1998
Office
JRC 307
Hours
(Fall 2017) M 9:45-10:45am; W 12:15-1:15pm; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5665
CV

I am a medievalist whose main area of concentration is the 14th and 15th centuries. Besides teaching Chaucer, I teach the literature of King Arthur from its beginnings to the present day. Tolkien is a favorite of mine, especially since he was a medievalist. When I teach Tolkien, I teach about the medieval background to his major literary works such as The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit. Other areas that I work in are literary theory and science fiction. What fascinates me about science fiction is how it helps us to ask all kinds of great questions about how life and the universe works, whether it’s religious, political, or philosophical questions. At present, I am working on a project to do with the Gawain-poet who wrote the excellent poem, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight.

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 211 - L01 British Authors I M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 301
CRN: 41401 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren How have heroic ideals changed from Beowulf to the 18th century? How did marriage evolve from an arrangement between tribes and families to love between two people? Such questions will be explored in a chronological framework through extensive readings in the British literary tradition in the period from approximately 900-1780. Threaded throughout the literature are themes such as war and conflict, the history of love, humor and satire, social reform, religious reform and the rights of the individual. This course fulfills the Historical Perspectives requirement in the English major. Prerequisites: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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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 324 - L01 Genre: Science Fiction M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 JRC 301
CRN: 21699 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren Do you want to rule the world? Blow apart a sun? Test a theory about medicine and the spread of disease? It is possible. . . at least in the imagination. Follow the paths of science fiction authors who have explored both our wildest dreams and greatest fears for where technology and new ideas might lead us. In its fascinating evolution, science fiction has always functioned as a lens to think about society, whether it’s Mary Shelley in 1818 looking on as Victor Frankenstein turns to modern experiments with electricity in the laboratory or Ernest Cline in 2011 imagining the energy crisis and global warming in a near-future world. We will approach the genre of SF as a mode of thought-experimentation and world-building that explores themes such as cloning, environmental apocalypse, the alien, utopias and dystopias, race, gender, and sexuality, religion and culture. Possible texts (written and film) may include BLADERUNNER, THE LEFT HAND OF DARKNESS, DISTRICT 9, THE UNIT, BLACK MIRROR, and THE HANDMAID'S TALE. This courses satisfies the Genre Studies requirement for English and English with a Creative Writing Emphasis majors. It also satisfies the Writing Across the Curriculum Writing to Learn requirement. Prerequisite: ENGL 201, 202, 203, or 204.

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GENG 514 - 01 Science Fiction Lit M - - - - - - 1800 - 2100 OEC 210
CRN: 21710 3 Credit Hours Instructor: Martin L. Warren In its fascinating evolution, science fiction has always functioned as a lens to think about society, whether it's Mary Shelley in 1818 looking on as Victor Frankenstein turns to modern experiments with electricity in the laboratory or Ernest Cline in 2011 imagining the energy crisis and global warming in a near-future world. We will approach the genre of SF as a mode of thought-experimentation and world-building that problematizes actual and possible political, cultural, natural, human, and techno-scientific realities. Among the themes included are environmental apocalypse, the alien, utopias and dystopias, race, gender, and sexuality, religion and culture. Possible texts (written and filmic) are Blade Runner (Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?), The Left Hand of Darkness, District 9, The Handmaid's Tale, Parable of the Sower, The Fat Year, and Black Mirror.

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