Department of English

University of Toronto

Critical Topographies Course Description

ENG6999YF
Critical Topographies: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Literary Studies in English 
R. Mehta & A. Slater 

*PLEASE NOTE: As of September 2011, this is now a Required Course for all M.A. J.D./M.A. and Ph.D.U. Students. This course is restricted to English students.

Course Description:
The aim of Critical Topographies: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Literary Studies in English is to provide M.A. students about to embark on professional studies in the discipline of "English" with a comprehensive overview or set of maps with which to understand the discipline and locate themselves in the current state of the field. Contemporary literary studies in English can sometimes appear bewildering in terms of both the issues analyzed and methods applied - so much so that there is now no one unifying paradigm, objective, or methodology. The course aims to address this phenomenon; it aims not only to chart current critical topographies but also to suggest how they came into being and what opportunities they and new modes of critical practice offer for significant future research.

Course Reading List:
There is no advance reading list; students will receive it with the syllabus in September.

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements:
Critical Topographies will be team-taught in a single section by two faculty members (although one hour of the three hours per week will involve break-out sessions involving smaller groups). The course is designed to foster cohesion and community among members of the M.A. class.

15% Reading response
15% Seminar presentation
20% Attendance and in-class contribution
50% Final paper

Term: F-TERM (September 2020 to December 2020)
Date/Time: 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, Wednesdays
Locations: ONLINE DELIVERY (SYNCHRONOUS)
, via teleconferencing.  Link to be sent to students directly by the instructor. 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm  AND (1 hour from 3:00 pm to 4:00 pm) Breakout Sessions, ONLINE DELIVERY (SYNCHRONOUS), via teleconferencing.  Link to be sent to students directly by the instructor. 

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