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Kathleen McAlister

Kathleen McAlister, B.A., M.A.

English, Language Arts

Email: kmcalister@cypresscollege.edu

Phone: 714-484-7000 Ext : 48426

Office Hours : Virtual office hours by email: Monday-Thursday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Location: kmcalister@cypresscollege.edu

 
 

Biography


Experience and Interests

Before becoming an instructor at Cypress College, I taught composition and literature courses at UCLA and onboard NAVY ships for the military's PACE program.  As a graduate student at Brown University and UCLA, I specialized in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature with an emphasis in psychological criticism.  My favorite author is Jane Austen (1775-1817) who is most well known for her novels Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility, and Emma.

I began teaching at Cypress College in 2000.  I currently teach English 60, 100, 104, 211, and 212.  My composition courses (English 60 and 100) offer a popular culture emphasis; we analyze film, television, popular music, sports, etc. In English 104, we consider representations of madness and monstrosity in literature and film.  And in the British literature survey courses (211 and 212) we cover the classics from Beowulf to Virginia Woolf's Mrs. Dalloway.

I am married and I live in Temecula, CA.  We have one daughter (Miranda), who was born in 2005, and she keeps me busy.  In my limited spare time, I enjoy reading and writing, and I travel whenever I have the opportunity.

 

Recommended Course

ENGL 104 C Critical Analysis and Literature

This course develops critical thinking, reading and writing skills as they apply to the analysis of literature and literary criticism from diverse cultural sources and perspectives.  In my course we consider representations of madness and monstrosity in literature and film--Frankenstein, Dracula, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Picture of Dorian Gray, The Island of Doctor Moreau.

ENGL 211 C English Literature Part One

This course is an introduction to the major periods and movements, major authors and major forms from the Anglo-Saxon Period to 1760.

ENGL 212 C English Literature Part Two

This course is an introduction to the major periods and movements, major authors and major forms from 1760 to the present.