Florence Amamoto


Associate Professor, Sponberg Chair in Ethics, and Department Co-Chair in English and Associate Professor in Japanese Studies and Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies

I love teaching the sweep of American literature from traditional Native American creation stories to contemporary novels although I am particularly interested in American women writers and ethnic American literature. I am the former director of Curriculum II (now Three Crowns Curriculum), Gustavus' integrated alternative general education program, and am interested in its interdisciplinary approach, its exploration of values, and its creation of a learning community.

I have published and presented on Japanese American literature, Willa Cather, Thoreau, and diversity and church-related colleges. I love English Country dancing (what you see in Jane Austen movies) and travel and have been fortunate to have been to Canada, Mexico, England, France, Italy, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Japan, Namibia, South Africa, Peru, the Galapagos, Thailand, Laos, Vietnam, and Cambodia.


AB, Stanford University; MAT, Harvard University; MA and PhD., English, University of Virginia

Courses Taught


CUR-399 (Senior Seminar) and ENG-336 (American Renaissance)

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-399Senior Seminar122014/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
FTS-100First Term Seminar112011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-121American Literature I92014/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/FA
ENG-124American Women Writers82013/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
ENG-122American Literature II52013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
ENG-126Intro U.S. Ethnic Lit42013/SP, 2009/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
ENG-273American Novel42010/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA
ENG-268Career Exploration42008/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, and 2000/JN
ENG-127Japanese American Literature32009/JN, 2005/JN, and 2001/JN
ENG-336American Renaissance22011/SP and 2009/SP
ENG-399Senior Seminar22009/FA and 2000/SP
ENG-114Art of Interpretation22008/FA and 2003/FA
ENG-244ST:Cather & Contemps12013/SP
ENG-344ST:Mod Am Lit(1914-45)12012/FA
ENG-144ST:Japanese Amer Lit12011/SP
ENG-263Austen, Bronte, and Eliot12002/JN
ENG-274American Renaissance12001/SP
CUR-250Literary Experience11999/FA

Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.