Department of English

University of Toronto

Cross Listed Courses

2013-2014 Cross-listed Courses

COL5111HS*              *Note: Course Code Correction
Revenge, Resistance, Race, and Law
M. Nyquist

Course Description (Link to Comparative Literature Course Description)

This course will reflect on representations of acts of revenge and resistance that are produced in historical contexts that privilege law’s rule. How is revenge — or its more civil counterpart, “retribution” — related to or differentiated from resistance, whether personal or political, individual or collective? If revenge is disparaged, how is its objectionable character established? In what contexts and by what means is resistance represented as legitimate or even positive? We will explore questions such as these by discussing relations among revenge, resistance, and race (in the earlier sense of “people” or “nation” as well as in more current senses) as they appear in a variety of literary texts from three distinct pre-modern eras: ancient Athens and Rome; early modern England, France and Spain (the latter in connection with the Ottoman empire); and the age of Revolutions. Of interest will be the rezeptionsgeschichte of texts —or, in the case of the Haitian Revolution, events —in which relations among revenge, resistance and race are unstable, have frequently been revisioned, or have been interpreted in radically different terms.

Texts will include: Aeschylus’s Eumenides, Euripides’ Medea and Hecuba, and Livy’s narrative of Rome’s founding in History of Rome; variants of the tale of Rodrigo and La Cava, related to Islam’s conquest of Spain, selected essays by Montaigne, Shakespeare’s Rape of Lucrece, Richard III, and Hamlet, and Milton’s Paradise Lost (selected books); von Kleist’s Amphitryon, The Earthquake in Chile, Betrothal in Santo Domingo, Shelley’s Defense of Poetry and Prometheus Unbound, and both poetry and prose written in response to the Haitian revolution.

Evaluation: TBA

Spring Term
Monday / 3:00 - 5:00 pm (2 hours)* (*NOTE TIME CHANGE)
Room: Centre for Comparative Literature, Isabel Bader Theatre, 3rd floor, Linda Hutcheon Seminar Room (BT319)

Geography and Identity in Old and Middle English Literature
F. Michelet-Pickavé

Course Description (Link to Centre for Medieval Studies Course Schedule and Description)

This seminar will explore the links uniting localization and identity in a selection of Old and Middle English texts. It will examine what is at stake in geographical positioning and how a collective sense of self can be expressed in spatial terms. Related issues, for instance the constructions of centres and peripheries, the drawing of boundaries, strategies of ‘othering’, or the opposition between the familiar world and the wilderness, will also be addressed.

Friday /Time 2:00 - 4:00 pm (2 hours)
Room: 301 of the Centre for Medieval Studies

Boccaccio and Chaucer
W. Robins

Course Description (Link to Centre for Medieval Studies Course Schedule and Description)


Thursday /Time 2:00 - 4:00 pm (2 hours)
Room: 301 of the Centre for Medieval Studies

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