Courses 2017-18


VIC202Y1-Y
Forms of Representation
Professor Ann Komaromi
Lecture: TR 12-1
Tutorial: R 1-2; 2-3; 3-4; 4-5


In this class students will explore the problem of representation across cultural boundaries. We will consider literary, visual and other works from the western tradition and beyond, investigating how such imaginative works may foster reflection on our societies, ourselves and our world. Topics for critical theoretical reflection include: genre, narrative, art, history, the self and others, sexuality, and nature and ecology. We will read works including (but not limited to) Homer’s Odyssey, the Bible, Dante’s Inferno, Wordsworth’s The Prelude, Gogol’s “The Overcoat,” E. Ginzburg’s Within the Whirlwind, Spiegelman’s Maus, and Greenwell’s What Belongs to You, as well as theoretical pieces by Aristotle, Auerbach, H. White, the Russian Formalists, Bakhtin, Foucault and Bersani.


Exclusion: VIC201Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)




VIC203H1-F
Empires I
Professor Shaun Ross
Lecture: F 10-12
Tutorial: F 12-1; 1-2


This course examines the literary and non-literary representations that accompany imperial conquests and hegemony from pre-modern times to the emergence of the modern nation-state.We compare the establishment, interpretation and reinvention of cultural forms of empire (e.g. Ottoman, Persian, Roman) at local, national, transnational and global levels. 


Exclusion: VIC203Y1Y. 
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC204H1-F

Canons and Canonicity
Professor David Galbraith
W 3-5


This course will consider the problem of canons in a variety of contexts: the aesthetic (including the literary, visual arts and music), but also the religious, the political, the philosophical and other discursive forms.  Special focus will be on the problem of the relations across these boundaries.


Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)




VIC205H1-S
Empires II
Professor Shaun Ross
Lecture: F 10-12
Tutorial: F 12-1; 1-2


This course examines the literary and non-literary representations that accompany imperial conquests and hegemony from the emergence of the modern nation-state through more recent developments in globalization. We compare the establishment, interpretation and reinvention of cultural forms of empire (e.g.British, Japanese, Spanish) at local, national, transnational and global levels. 



Exclusion: VIC203Y1Y. 
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC301H1-F
Critical Writing Seminar
Professor Eva-Lynn Jagoe
T 10-12



This course is a writing intensive class devoted to the practice and analysis of critical writing. We will explore the critical tradition, the public(s) for whom one writes, and the choice of voice, point of view, and writerly form. The class will be structured around workshop style discussion and writing exercises.



Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1 
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC302H1-S

Pasts and Futures
Professor Shaun Ross
R 10-12



An introduction to representations of history, in which we will consider concepts that turn on the problem of time such as tradition, periodization, genealogy, memory, crisis, revolution, eschatology, and utopia.



Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1 
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC303H1-F
Memory and Trauma
Professor Willi Goeschel
M 2-4


This course explores the many ways the function of memory and trauma is explored in literature, philosophy, and science. We will look at the way memory and trauma inform the construction of the past, memory, and future, its role for the way we imagine space, time, and who we are. Readings include fiction by Romantics, Goethe, Kafka, and Sebald, and theoretical texts by Nietzsche, Freud, Benjamin, and readings by neuro scientists.

Exclusion: VIC309H1 as taken in 2011-2012, VIC310Y1
Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)




VIC305H1-F

Institutions and Power
Professor Simon Stern
W 1-3


This course will consider some of the ideologies and practices of various institutions at work in the production and transmission of cultural objects and social power.  These may include the family, museum, hospital, prison, university, library, and theatre, as well as fields such as publishing and religion.


Recommended Preparation: VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC306H1-F
Culture and Media
Professor Ira Wells
W 6-8


A course for students interested in understanding the evolving role of the critic and in learning the art of writing cultural criticism. Taking our cues from 20th- and 21st-century critics including Virginia Woolf, Roland Barthes, Pauline Kael, and Zadie Smith, we will consider the social function of criticism and the politics of aesthetic education. 

What are we looking for in our encounters with literature, film, music, visual art, and architecture, and how can a work of searching criticism enrich or redefine its object of analysis? How has the art of criticism responded to the arrival of mass culture and social media, and what is the fate of evaluative critique in an online culture dominated by “likes” and customer reviews? Coursework will include an original piece of cultural criticism that is ready for publication.


Distribution Requirement:
 Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC307H1-S
Periodization and Cultural History
Professor Shaun Ross
T 4-6


This course explores the phenomenon of historical periodization in its various modes, including as a stylistic concept, a set of discursive norms for cataloguing and grouping cultural forms, and a means of organizing and contesting historical narratives.


Recommended Preparation:
VIC202Y1
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)




VIC401H1-F
Special Topics: Literature, Trauma, Modernity
Professor John Zilcosky
M 3-5


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-F
Special Topics: Literature, Culture, and Contact in Medieval Iberia
Professor Jill Ross
T 10-12


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-F
Special Topics- Art and Politics: Bertolt Brencht, Robert Lepage, Robert Wilson
Professor Pia Kleber
W 10-12


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.



Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-F
Special Topics: Post-Capitalist Fantasy
Professor Eric Cazdyn
W 1-3


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.



Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-F
Special Topics: Sports Narrated - Literary and Interdisciplinary Exploration of Sports represented in Textual and Visual Media
Professor Atsuko Sakaki
R 10-12


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.



Prerequisite:
Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-F
Special Topics: Feminism and Post-Modernism - Theory and Practice
Professor Barbara Havercroft
R 3-5


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-S
Special Topics: Affinities: Readings of Realism and Radicalism
Professor Eva-Lynn Jagoe 
M 1-3


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-S
Special Topics: Freud Case Histories
Professor Rebecca Comay
T 1-3


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-S
Special Topics: Visual Portraitures in Contemporary Autobiographical Narratives
Professor Julie LeBlanc
R 1-3


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-S
Special Topics: Naming the World - Realism Travels the Globe
Professor Neil Kortenaar
W 9-11


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-S
Special Topics: Text and Digital Media
Professor Ruoyun Bai
W 11-1


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC401H1-S
Special Topics: The Problem of Translation - Historical, Theoretical, and Pragmatic Perspectives
Professor Martin Revermann
F 12-3


This course offers senior students in Literature and Critical Theory the opportunity to take part in a graduate seminar in Comparative Literature. Topics change annually.


Prerequisite: Permission of instructor
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Creative and Cultural Representations (1)




VIC402H1-F
Translation and Comparativity
Professor Rebecca Comay
T 4-6


This course will consider questions of adaptation, appropriation, imitation, hybridity and incommensurability across languages, geographical regions, epochs, media, and academic disciplines. Course topics may include the role of translation in the historical projects of nation-building and empire.


Prerequisite: VIC202Y1 and one of: VIC302H1, VIC303H1, VIC304H1, VIC305H1, VIC306H1, VIC307H1; or permission of instructor.
Distribution Requirement: Humanities
Breadth Requirement: Thought, Belief and Behaviour (2)


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