Shari Evans

Associate Professor / Director, Liberal Arts Major

English & Communication

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Liberal Arts 323


Education

University of New MexicoPhD
University of New MexicoMA
University of PennsylvaniaBA

Teaching

Programs

Teaching

Courses

A continuation of ENL 303. A survey of American writing from the Civil War to the present, with some emphasis on historical, cultural, and philosophical developments in America during the period covered.

Survey of African American Literature from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Course begins with the work of DuBois and Washington and continues through the Harlem Renaissance, the post-war period, the Black Arts Era, into the present, paying particular attention to the women writers who led the post-1970s Renaissance. Course examines all genres of literature and may also include sections on oral literature (such as spoken word poetry) and music (such as jazz, rap, and hip hop). Like the Survey of African American Literature I, this course pays particular attention to the social, political, intellectual, and cultural climate surrounding the literature.

Survey of African American Literature from the turn of the twentieth century to the present. Course begins with the work of DuBois and Washington and continues through the Harlem Renaissance, the post-war period, the Black Arts Era, into the present, paying particular attention to the women writers who led the post-1970s Renaissance. Course examines all genres of literature and may also include sections on oral literature (such as spoken word poetry) and music (such as jazz, rap, and hip hop). Like the Survey of African American Literature I, this course pays particular attention to the social, political, intellectual, and cultural climate surrounding the literature.

An introduction to psychological interpretations of literary works, including character analysis, ethnopoetics, and the psychology of audience. The course requires reading of selected literary texts in all genres, as well as works by psychoanalytical literary critics, philosophers, and anthropologists.

An introduction to psychological interpretations of literary works, including character analysis, ethnopoetics, and the psychology of audience. The course requires reading of selected literary texts in all genres, as well as works by psychoanalytical literary critics, philosophers, and anthropologists.

Special topics course in multicultural American Literature, offering a directed approach to literature by multiethnic or African American authors. Topics might focus on a specific historical era or literary movement (like the Harlem Renaissance), a particular cultural group (like African American, Native American, Chicano/a, Jewish, Indian-American, etc.), a genre, or an individual theme in multicultural American literature. The course can be repeated for credit with different topic.

Graduate seminar in American Literature. Topics address seminal texts, authors and themes in American literature. Topics vary and may focus on historical periods, movements in American literature, genres, multiethnic and gender studies, or major authors. Through in-depth reading and research in American literary studies, students increase their subject-level knowledge of American literature; develop their depth of understanding of American literatures and their contexts; strengthen their skills in literary analysis; and increase their understanding of historical, sociopolitical, and other contexts of American literary study.

Teaching

Online and Continuing Education Courses

Advanced study of a specialized topic chosen by the instructor. Cross-listed as WMS 347.
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Special topics course in multicultural American Literature, offering a directed approach to literature by multiethnic or African American authors. Topics might focus on a specific historical era or literary movement (like the Harlem Renaissance), a particular cultural group (like African American, Native American, Chicano/a, Jewish, Indian-American, etc.), a genre, or an individual theme in multicultural American literature. The course can be repeated for credit with different topic.
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Research

Research Interests

  • African American and Multicultural American Literature
  • Contemporary Women Writers
  • Feminist and Critical Race Theory

Shari Evans joined the English Department in 2005. Professor Evans earned her Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of New Mexico and her B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania. Her teaching and research interests include comparative ethnic literatures (particularly African American and Native American) and women writers, as well as race and gender studies and literary theory. Evans's most recent work is on theorizing "home" through the work of Toni Morrison, Octavia Butler, and Margaret Atwood. She is currently engaged in work on the space of memory in contemporary multicultural American writers. Evans has most recently presented and written on the work of Octavia Butler, Brenda Marie Osbey, Joy Harjo, and Toni Morrison. She is a recipient of the distinguished American Society of Eighteenth Century Studies Teaching Award and the University of New Mexico's Gunter Starkey Award for Teaching Excellence.

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