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Terri Topness

Instructor of English
Office
JRC 325
Hours
(Fall 2018) By appointment or before/after class
Phone
(651) 962-5626

I enjoy teaching literature of all types, with a special interest in Irish literature (especially James Joyce and W.B. Yeats), Gothic literature, children’s literature, poetry, memoir, and creative nonfiction. My favorite part of teaching is when I see students grow increasingly excited about their ideas and blossom into dedicated and intellectually-engaged writers.

In my free time, I enjoy adventures with my husband and little boy, working on my own creative writing projects (I’m currently revising my first novel), and of course my ultimate luxury – pushing the world away for a while and devouring a good book.

Fall 2018 Courses

Fall 2018 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 121 - W35 Critical Thinking: Lit/Writing - T - R - - - 1525 - 1700 OEC 209

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Time of Day:

1525 - 1700

Location:

OEC 209

Course Registration Number:

40964 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Terri L. Topness

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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J-Term 2019 Courses

J-Term 2019 Courses
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Spring 2019 Courses

Spring 2019 Courses
Course - Section Title Days Time Location
ENGL 203 - W10 Spooky:Lit of the Supernatural See Details * *

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See Details

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Course Registration Number:

22456 (View in ClassFinder)

Credit Hours:

4 Credit Hours

Instructor:

Terri L. Topness

This course will investigate how we use ghost stories to address complex issues such as memory, identity, moral responsibility, and fear. In doing so, we will explore some famous ghost stories in literature, and discuss why we continue to find ghosts and the supernatural so compelling and necessary in today's world. Possible texts: TURN OF THE SCREW, BELOVED, THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE, a selection of short stories/essays/poems, and/or possibly SPOOK: SCIENCE TACKLES THE AFTERLIFE (a collection of creative essays by Mary Roach). We would also view film clips and other media. 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)
OEC 3130800-0940- T - - - - -
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