Terri Taylor

Senior Lecturer in College Writing
MA, Southeastern Louisiana University
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    • College Writing Program
    • MSC 1096-153-122
    • Washington University
    • 1 Brookings Drive
    • St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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    Terri has a bachelor’s degree in mass communication and journalism and a master’s degree in English from Southeastern Louisiana University. While completing her master’s degree, she was the freshmen composition teaching fellow and worked in the university’s Writing Center wherein she worked one-on-one with students in understanding and honing their writing process. Her scholarly interest focuses on the application of psychoanalytical theory, specifically second-wave Lacanian gaze theory, to classic cinema in order to understand spectator desire and gender positions. Terri’s publication history includes “There’s Nothing Wrong with Ellen: Feminine Positions in John M. Stahl’s Leave Her to Heaven” in the Fall 2015 edition of The Pick and her master’s thesis, “You Have to Come a Long Way—From the Beginning of Time—to Kill Yourself: Feminine Desire in Maya Deren’s Meshes of the AfternoonAt Land, and Ritual in Transfigured Time.” Terri utilizes her analytical interests in the classroom by showing students how moving past surface-level findings leads to deeper conversations and how they can apply the skill to their academic and prospective careers

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    College Writing: Power & Commodity Culture

    "Commodity culture" refers to what aspects of culture can be evaluated in terms of supposed "worth" or economic value. Readings will explore a range of cultural texts and topics--whether it’s the popularity of Grey Poupon in hip hop or racial tension in the St. Louis restaurant scene, the role of smartphones and social media in the rise of self-branding, or the blurred line between high art and Instagram.