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Shannon Scott

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 316
Hours
(Spring 2018) M/W 10:45-11:45am; also by appointment
Phone
(651) 962-5622
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Werewolves, circuses, film noir detectives, and femme fatales--these are the themes of the English courses I teach. Each class is an exploration of lives lived on the edge of a tightrope or a knife, in the shadows of a sideshow tent or the silhouette of a smoking gun. What I love about teaching these topics is that no two classes are ever the same--new experiences, new texts and films, and, most importantly, new blood.

In 2015, my article "Female Werewolf as Monstrous Other in Honoré Beaugrand's 'The Werewolves'" was published in She-Wolf: A Cultural History of Female Werewolves (U of Manchester Press).

Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W01 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 210

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

OEC 210

Course Registration Number:

20955 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Shannon F. Scott

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W04 Bump in the Night:Spectral Lit M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 211

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

22399 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Shannon F. Scott

This course is meant to explore aspects of the spectral in literature, art, film, and music. This includes the uncanny, examples of loss, grief, and acceptance, as well as identifying techniques used to frighten and captivate an audience in a more entertaining and creepy manner. We will also study questions about our responsibilities to the dead, what it means to be haunted, and our ideas/beliefs/interpretations regarding “The Other Side.” The result should be a spooky but eye-opening experience. Texts for this course may include: Dickens’s A CHRISTMAS CAROL, Gaiman’s THE GRAVEYARD BOOK, Hill’s THE WOMAN IN BLACK, Irving’s THE LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW, Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, James’s THE TURN OF THE SCREW, and Morrison’s BELOVED. In addition, there would be poetry from SPOON RIVER ANTHOLOGY, music from Jeremy Messersmith’s THE RELUCTANT GRAVEYARD, examples of spirit photography, Dia de Los Muertos folk art, and films like TRULY, MADLY, DEEPLY and VERTIGO. 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)

Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W16 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 1215 - 1320 MCH 116

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

1215 - 1320

Location:

MCH 116

Course Registration Number:

40950 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Shannon F. Scott

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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W06 Ringmaster: Lit of the Circus M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 MCH 106

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0815 - 0920

Location:

MCH 106

Course Registration Number:

42696 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Shannon F. Scott

This course explores performativity, exhibition, and exploitation in the circus through a series of texts told from multiple perspectives: ringmasters, sideshow acts, animal tamers, and acrobats. Moving back and forth in time, this class examines the origins of the circus in Rome, its transformation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in France, Britain, and America, and its triumphs and challenges in twentieth century America, particularly during the Great Depression. From non-fiction essays on carnies and famous bearded ladies, by Harry Crews and Joseph Mitchell respectively, to Toulouse-Lautrec’s depictions of the circuses of Molier and Fernando and the Nouveau Cirque, to excerpts from P.T. Barnum’s autobiography, THE ART OF GETTING MONEY, OR HINTS AND HELPS TO MAKE A FORTUNE, to guest speakers in the fields of magic and tattoo artistry, this course respects the extraordinary and redefines definitions of “normal.” Texts for the class include the collection, STEP RIGHT UP: STORIES OF CARNIVALS, SIDESHOWS, AND THE CIRCUS, which features works by Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, Angela Carter, Flannery O’Connor, and Franz Kafka. Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE and Erin Morgenstern’s THE NIGHT CIRCUS will be read in their entirety. Carol Birch's ORPHANS OF THE CARNIVAL will be examined using Helen Davies theoretical approach to "Neo-Victorian Freakery." The film adaptation of Sara Gruen’s WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will also be screened outside of class. 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W08 Ringmaster: Lit of the Circus M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 106

Days of Week:

M - W - F - -

Time of Day:

0935 - 1040

Location:

MCH 106

Course Registration Number:

42698 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Shannon F. Scott

This course explores performativity, exhibition, and exploitation in the circus through a series of texts told from multiple perspectives: ringmasters, sideshow acts, animal tamers, and acrobats. Moving back and forth in time, this class examines the origins of the circus in Rome, its transformation in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries in France, Britain, and America, and its triumphs and challenges in twentieth century America, particularly during the Great Depression. From non-fiction essays on carnies and famous bearded ladies, by Harry Crews and Joseph Mitchell respectively, to Toulouse-Lautrec’s depictions of the circuses of Molier and Fernando and the Nouveau Cirque, to excerpts from P.T. Barnum’s autobiography, THE ART OF GETTING MONEY, OR HINTS AND HELPS TO MAKE A FORTUNE, to guest speakers in the fields of magic and tattoo artistry, this course respects the extraordinary and redefines definitions of “normal.” Texts for the class include the collection, STEP RIGHT UP: STORIES OF CARNIVALS, SIDESHOWS, AND THE CIRCUS, which features works by Ray Bradbury, Mark Twain, Angela Carter, Flannery O’Connor, and Franz Kafka. Katherine Dunn’s GEEK LOVE and Erin Morgenstern’s THE NIGHT CIRCUS will be read in their entirety. Carol Birch's ORPHANS OF THE CARNIVAL will be examined using Helen Davies theoretical approach to "Neo-Victorian Freakery." The film adaptation of Sara Gruen’s WATER FOR ELEPHANTS will also be screened outside of class. 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.

Schedule Details

Location Time Day(s)