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English Department
ShaunAnne Tangney

Faculty & Staff

Dr. ShaunAnne Tangney
Professor of English
Office: 138 W Hartnett Hall
Phone: 701-858-3180
Web Site: Dr. ShaunAnne Tangney's web site

BA: University of California, Santa Cruz, June 1990. Degree granted in English/American literature
MA: Northeastern University, June 1993. Major area of study: American literature
Ph.D.: University of Nevada, Reno, May 1997
Dissertation title: “Children of the Word: From Image to Method in American Apocalyptic Literature”

Courses Taught:
English 110—College Composition I
English 120—College Composition II
English 211—Introduction to Creative Writing
English 220—Introduction to Literature
English 236—Woman and Literature
English 261—American Literature to 1900
English 262—American Literature from 1900
English 270—Introduction to Literary Theory
English 299—Special Topics: "American Apocalyptic Literature"
English 334—Advanced Composition
English 362—American Novel II
English 364—Studies in American Poetry
English 411—Advanced Creative Writing
English 535—Topics in American Literature
English 545—Topics in Writing
English 444—Creative Writing
English 491—Senior Seminar

More about Dr. Tangney:
Dr. Tangneyˇ¦s most recent endeavor at Minot State University has been creating a new major, Studies in Community and Environment (SCE). This major will allow students to pursue an interdisciplinary course of study in identifying and solving local, regional, and global environmental and community problems. The degree will feature study in the Humanities, the Sciences, and the Social Sciences, and will be team-taught by professors from all disciplines. The SCE major was approved by the State Board of Higher Education in December, 2009, and should be up an running by Spring of 2011.

Dr. Tangney pursued a career in higher education and in literary studies specifically because she believes that human beings are by their very nature story-lovers and story-tellers. In a book about her California heritage, Where I Was From, Joan Diddion writes, "the importance of recording these memories was unquestioned: the flood and the levees and the two-story house on the Grape Vine Ranch had become, like the potato masher that crossed the plains, like the books that did not get jettisoned on the Umpqua River, evidence of family endurance, proof of our worth, indistinguishable from the crossing story itself." Stories function the same way. Just as we hold on to prized possessions because we believe them to be haunted with memory and meaning, we tell and re-tell stories to understand our heritage and our inheritance, be it familial, cultural, social, historical, or literary.

Dr. Tangney is active in many areas parallel to academia. She has served as the Executive Director for the Robinson Jeffers Association and chaired the North Dakota University System's Humanities Summit. She has served on the Executive Board for the Taube Museum of Art in Minot, and on the Community Advisory Board for Prairie Public Broadcasting. She is a regular presenter at such venues as the Modern Language Association convention, the Western Literature Association conference, the Rocky Mountain Modern Language Association conference, the Robinson Jeffers Association conference, and the Twentieth Century Literature and Culture conference. She also continues to give poetry readings at local, regional, and national events, and shows her fine arts book Disturbing Boundaries at galleries around the nation.

Dr. Tangney was recently awarded a sabbatical, which she will take in the Spring or 2011. Her project is to edit a new collection of scholarly essays on Robinson Jeffers. Any inquiries about this project should be directed to Dr. Tangney via e-mail.

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