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Shannon Scott

Instructor of English
JRC 316
(651) 962-5622

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).

J-Term 2018 Courses

J-Term 2018 Courses
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Spring 2018 Courses

Spring 2018 Courses
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ENGL 203 - W04 Bump in the Night:Spectral Lit M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 211

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0935 - 1040


MHC 211

Course Registration Number:

22399 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours


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.

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Summer 2018 Courses

Summer 2018 Courses
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