Department of English

University of Toronto

Credit/Non-credit Course Descriptions

Texts, Theories, and Archives
D. White

*NOTE: As of September 2011, this course is now a required course for all 1st year Ph.D. Students and 2nd year Ph.D.U (Direct Entry) Students. This course is restricted to English Doctoral students.

Course Description:
A general introduction to research methods and scholarly practice; textual and editorial problems; physical bibliography; the history of the book.

Course Reading List:
A list of recommended reading and the required exercises will be distributed at the first class. The Department's Check Lists of Scholarship keyed to the University of Toronto Library will be available on line.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
Lectures, workshops, library assignments, site-visits, and research exercises.

Term: F-Term (Fall or First Term: September - December 2018)
Date/Time: Fridays, 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm, 2 hours
Location: Room JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)
 (Except for Nov. 16, when the class will be relocated to JHB 718). Additionally, please note that the Oct. 12 class is rescheduled to Wednesday, Oct. 24, and will be held from 11am - 1pm in room JHB 616.

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Professional Development
D. Wright

**NOTE: This course is open only to Ph.D. 4 English students-- for whom it's MANDATORY.

Course Description:
This course is intended to prepare University of Toronto Ph.D. students in English for the job search and more generally to provide them with an introduction to the professional skills that will be part of their lives after they finish the Ph.D. The course will meet the equivalent of 13 2-hour sessions, on selected Thursday afternoons through the academic year. Individual sessions will include the following topics: The Shape of the Profession; An Overview of the Academic Job Search and its Documents; Setting Up a Dossier; Preparing Letters of Application and C.V.s; The Teaching Dossier; Interviewing; Campus Visits and Job Talks; The Publication of Academic Research; An Assessment 0f the Year's Job Searches at U. of T. and Postdoctoral Fellowships. There will also be a session on Non-Academic Jobs (Publishing and Other Alternatives).

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
Most classes will feature the instructor and various guest faculty members discussing the announced topics. Guests from the Toronto publishing community and previous Ph.D. students will join the sessions on non-academic employment. Students wishing to receive a notation on their transcripts should register for the course.

Term: Y-Term (both Fall/First and Spring/Second Terms): September 2018 - April 2019)
Date/Time: Thursdays, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm (NB: Classes will be 2 and 3 hours long, and will run on alternate weeks)
Location: Room JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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Professing Literature
M. Sergi

***Note: Limited to Year II English Doctoral students.

Course Description:
This seminar, required of and limited to Year II doctoral students, is devoted to the teaching of literature in English at the university level, focusing primarily on undergraduate teaching. One of the primary purposes of this course (one hopes) is to offer a "stamp of approval" on emerging university instructors - that is, to ensure a basic understanding of pedagogy among any university instructors out there who can boast of training in the University of Toronto English Department. Toward that understanding, we will explore what it means to "profess" literature in the contemporary academy. The seminar will help each doctoral student develop their own bespoke set of teaching tools (readings, syllabi, practical techniques, provocations, inspirations) to which they might refer during their early professional development, and to which they might return throughout their teaching career. Our twelve weekly meetings will provide mentorship from the instructor, presentations from guest speakers, analysis of relevant readings, workshops in practical pedagogy, and a forum for the frank and mutually supportive discussion of the challenges and rewards of university teaching. The driving rationale of written assignments will be the generation of foundational documents for a professional teaching portfolio; in-class workshops, meanwhile, will be organized around the development (and evaluation) of basic skill sets for the university instructor, with an emphasis on lecturing and leading discussions, and on the vocal presence necessary to command a class, prepared through practical exercises.

Course Reading List:
A small array of relevant articles, arranged into biweekly reading assignments.

Course Method of Evaluation and Requirements:
Evaluation in this course is done on a credit/non-credit basis. To pass this class, each student must:
1. Attend, and actively participate in, a minimum of 9 of our 12 class sessions as well as a one-on-one meeting with the instructor during the week after the last day of class;
2. Write a comprehensive course syllabus (including two assignments) to be submitted in hard copy at the final one-on-one meeting;
3. Write a 2-3 page teaching philosophy, to be submitted in hard copy at the final one-on-one meeting;
4. Complete reading assignments and discuss them in class;
5. Demonstrate, according to the instructor's appraisal during in-class workshops and discussions, basic competence (and the potential for growth) in the skills required for university teaching.

Term: S-Term (Spring or Second Term: January - April 2019)
Date/Time: Wednesdays, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3 hours
Location: Room JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)

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