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Shannon Scott

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 316
Hours
(Fall 2017) M/W 12:00-1:00pm; 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).

Fall 2017 Courses

Fall 2017 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W03 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing M - W - F - - 0815 - 0920 OEC 210
CRN: 40961 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.

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ENGL 203 - W03 Howl in the Night: Werewolves M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MCH 106
CRN: 42546 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shannon F. Scott This course examines how wolves and werewolves have been portrayed and evolved in literature—from Ovid’s METAMORPHOSIS to Indigenous American creation stories to medieval Britain and France (BISCLAVRET, THE LAI DE MELION and ARTHUR AND GORLAGON) to the Victorian era (Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Clemence Housman) to contemporary film (THE WOLF MAN), art (Jazmina Cininas), and music (Warren Zevon, Blitzen Trapper, TV on the Radio). This course also explores the biology of wolves through the essays and photography of “Romeo” in Alaska, the fiction of Jack London, and Garry Marvin’s WOLF, which provides analysis of the wolf in popular culture. By looking at fairy tales, penny dreadfuls, poems, and art we will explore how wolves have been demonized, sympathized, glorified, and romanticized—how they have become monstrous in fiction as werewolves. Contemporary work from Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, Michael Chabon, Ben Percy, and Marisa Silver further demonstrates how werewolf lore has shifted over time as our perception of wolves and wildness has similarly changed. 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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Location Time Day(s)
ENGL 203 - W04 Howl in the Night: Werewolves M - W - F - - 1055 - 1200 MCH 106
CRN: 42547 4 Credit Hours Instructor: Shannon F. Scott This course examines how wolves and werewolves have been portrayed and evolved in literature—from Ovid’s METAMORPHOSIS to Indigenous American creation stories to medieval Britain and France (BISCLAVRET, THE LAI DE MELION and ARTHUR AND GORLAGON) to the Victorian era (Rudyard Kipling, Arthur Conan Doyle, Clemence Housman) to contemporary film (THE WOLF MAN), art (Jazmina Cininas), and music (Warren Zevon, Blitzen Trapper, TV on the Radio). This course also explores the biology of wolves through the essays and photography of “Romeo” in Alaska, the fiction of Jack London, and Garry Marvin’s WOLF, which provides analysis of the wolf in popular culture. By looking at fairy tales, penny dreadfuls, poems, and art we will explore how wolves have been demonized, sympathized, glorified, and romanticized—how they have become monstrous in fiction as werewolves. Contemporary work from Neil Gaiman, Karen Russell, Michael Chabon, Ben Percy, and Marisa Silver further demonstrates how werewolf lore has shifted over time as our perception of wolves and wildness has similarly changed. 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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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 - W04 Bump in the Night:Spectral Lit M - W - F - - 0935 - 1040 MHC 211
CRN: 22399 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.

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