At MSU, I have the opportunity to teach a wide variety of courses at both the undergraduate and the graduate levels. Here are some of my favorites:
Shakespeare and the Natural World:
A graduate seminar that surveys the work being done on Shakespeare and eco-criticism, then applies this knowledge to stage productions of the plays. Given that Shakespeare was deeply engaged in the environmental issues of his day, there is good reason to believe that we can bring ecological dimensions of his plays to the forefront of contemporary performance.
An intense study of Shakespeare’s works, with an emphasis on language, history, and performance. Students engage with current scholarship about Shakespeare, and also design and perform excerpts from the plays.
A general humanities course organized around the theme “conversion.” Texts we explore include Homer’s Odyssey, Augustine’s Confessions, Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment, Eliot’s Ash Wednesday, and Kafka’s Metamorphosis.
A focused look at the great authors of nineteenth-century Russia: Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Tolstoy, Dostoyevsky, and Chekhov.
Drama, Science, and Ethics:
“Art is not a mirror held up to reality but a hammer with which to shape it.” -Bertolt Brecht
The theatre has been and continues to be an arena for exploring and pushing the boundaries about vital issues that impact us all. This course explores a range of modern drama which grapples with scientific and ethical issues. Course texts include:
- Bertolt Brecht’s Galileo (conflict between science, religion, and conscience)
- Tom Stoppard’s Arcadia (chaos theory)
- Michael Frayn’s Copenhagen (uncertainty principle and atomic weapons)
- Margaret Edson’s Wit (research on medical patients)
- Kia Corthron, A Cool Dip in the Barren Saharan Crick (ecology and water)
- Caryl Churchill, A Number (human cloning)
2017 Phi Kappa Phi Anna K. Fridley Award, MSU’s oldest award for distinguished teaching
Minton, a member of the English faculty since 2006, is a worldwide authority on Shakespeare and the Early Modern Period. Motivated by Minton’s energy, intelligence and love for literature, students accept the challenge to think more deeply and accomplish more as writers. She has been involved for many years as a teacher in MSU’s Middle East Partnership Initiative summer leadership program. In addition to her work in the classroom, Minton is active in community outreach, serving as a research resource for Montana Shakespeare in the Schools and Montana Shakespeare in the Parks. She also works with actors, directors and audience members at other Shakespearean companies, such as the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the American Players Theatre and the Globe Theatre in London.
Minton’s scholarship includes early modern drama, the English Reformation, Christian late antiquity and modern drama. She has edited texts on “Timon of Athens” and “Troilus and Cressida” as well as the first commentary on the book of Revelation written in English, John Bale’s “The Image of Both Churches.” She is working on editions of “Much Ado About Nothing” and Thomas Middleton’s “The Revenger’s Tragedy.” Minton is also working on a book about Shakespeare in Montana, from the time of Jim Bridger up through Montana Shakespeare in the Parks.