Florence AmamotoFaculty

Associate Professor in English

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

Synonym Title Times Taught Terms Taught
CUR-399 Senior Seminar 17 2018/SP, 2017/FA, 2016/SP, 2015/FA, 2015/SP, 2014/FA, 2012/SP, 2011/FA, 2008/SP, 2007/FA, 2006/SP, 2005/FA, 2005/SP, 2004/FA, 2001/SP, and 2000/FA
FTS-100 FTS:Other Perspectives 13 2016/FA, 2015/FA, 2011/FA, 2010/FA, 2009/FA, 2008/FA, 2007/FA, 2005/FA, 2003/FA, 2002/FA, 2001/FA, 2000/FA, and 1999/FA
ENG-121 American Literature I 11 2016/FA, 2016/SP, 2014/FA, 2013/FA, 2011/SP, 2010/FA, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/FA
ENG-124 American Women Writers 10 2018/SP, 2016/SP, 2013/FA, 2012/SP, 2010/SP, 2008/SP, 2006/SP, 2004/SP, 2002/SP, and 2000/SP
ENG-122 American Literature II 8 2017/FA, 2017/SP, 2015/FA, 2013/SP, 2012/FA, 2011/FA, 2009/FA, and 2008/FA
ENG-126 Intro U.S. Ethnic Lit 5 2017/SP, 2013/SP, 2009/SP, 2003/SP, and 2002/SP
ENG-273 American Novel 5 2016/FA, 2010/FA, 2007/FA, 2004/FA, and 2001/FA
JPN-399 Senior Thesis 4 2018/SP, 2017/SP, 2016/SP, and 2015/FA
ENG-268 Career Exploration 4 2008/JN, 2006/JN, 2004/JN, and 2000/JN
ENG-336 American Renaissance 3 2015/SP, 2011/SP, and 2009/SP
ENG-127 Japanese American Literature 3 2009/JN, 2005/JN, and 2001/JN
ENG-344 ST:Mod Am Lit(1914-45) 2 2018/SP and 2012/FA
ENG-144 ST:Japanese Amer Lit 2 2017/SP and 2011/SP
ENG-399 Senior Seminar 2 2009/FA and 2000/SP
ENG-114 Art of Interpretation 2 2008/FA and 2003/FA
ENG-210 Marriage/Money/Morals 1 2015/JN
ENG-244 ST:Cather & Contemps 1 2013/SP
ENG-263 Austen, Bronte, and Eliot 1 2002/JN
ENG-274 American Renaissance 1 2001/SP
CUR-250 Literary Experience 1 1999/FA
Courses prior to Spring semester 1999 are not displayed.