Department of English

University of Toronto

Critical Topographies Course Description

Critical Topographies: Theory and Practice of Contemporary Literary Studies in English 
M. CobbS. Salih

*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 Requirements
As a required course, it will be team-taught in a single section by three faculty members (although two hours of the four hours per week, 50 % of the class time, will involve break-out sessions involving smaller groups), the course will foster cohesion and community among members of the M.A. class.

Participation 10-20%; bi-weekly response papers, 40-50%; final paper 25-35%; in-class individual and group presentation/project 15-30%.

Term: F-Term (September - December 2014)
Date/Time: Monday, 10:00 am - 1:00 pm, 3 hours
  • 10:00am-12:00noon - Lecture: Room JHB 616*, Jackman Humanities Building (NB: * ROOM CHANGE)
  • 12:00noon-1:00pm - Breakout Session Rooms: JHB 617 & JHB 718)

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