Gregory MasonEmeriti

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Professor Emeritus in English and LALACS

I have long standing interests in literature, film, languages, and the pursuit of social justice. This has drawn me to interdisciplinary projects both in my teaching and in my research, and I have enjoyed the freedom given to professors at Gustavus to develop new courses, and to follow their unfolding interests. I am an English expat, and also a student of languages (German, French, Spanish, and a little Japanese). I have mostly taught courses in world literature, film history, peace studies, fiction and drama. I initiated the Peace Studies Program as a field of academic study at Gustavus and directed the program from 1985–2002. I have also led study abroad courses to England, Hawaii, and Mexico, and I have taught as a visiting professor at universities in England, Japan, and Austria. A recent successful January Term course I initiated focuses on appreciating the arts in the Twin Cities.

My creative and research interests have included filmmaking and film criticism, peace studies, especially focusing on the role of the arts and the humanities in fostering peace, and more conventional scholarship in fiction, drama and poetry. My edited volume Arrows of Longing (Ohio U Press, 1998) contains a twenty five year correspondence between Austrian poet Felix Pollak, and Anais Nin. My other writings have appeared in Contemporary Literature, Modern Drama, Peace and Change, Peace Review, Literature/Film Quarterly, East West Film Journal, and elsewhere.

Courses Taught

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
FTS-100 First Term Seminar 7 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-142 Film As Art Lab 7 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
ENG-142 Film As Art 7 2007/FA, 2006/FA, 2005/FA, 2004/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2000/FA
CUR-250 Literary Experience 5 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2001/FA, and 2000/FA
PCS-211 Introduction to Peace Studies 5 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2001/SP, and 2000/SP
ENG-106 Arts in Twin Cities 5 2007/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, 2003/JN, and 2000/JN
ENG-238 Japanese Lit 4 2008/SP, 2005/FA, 2004/SP, and 2000/SP
ENG-234 Modern Drama 4 2007/SP, 2005/SP, 2003/SP, and 1999/SP
ENG-131 World Lit I 4 2006/FA, 2004/FA, 2001/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-399 Senior Seminar 4 2006/SP, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, and 2001/SP
ENG-244 S.T: Japanese Cinema 3 2007/SP, 2005/SP, and 2003/SP
ENG-132 World Literature II 2 2007/FA and 2005/SP
ENG-244 Japanese Cinema Lab 2 2007/SP and 2005/SP
ENG-232 Modern Fiction 2 2007/SP and 2003/SP
PCS-095 Peace Studies Senior Seminar 2 2001/SP and 2000/SP
PCS-096 Peace Studies Senior Thesis 2 2001/SP and 2000/SP
ENG-268 Career Exploration 1 2003/JN
IDS-211 Introduction to Peace Studies 1 1999/SP
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.