Department of English

University of Toronto

Courses of Interest

 

Courses are TBA and will be included here as they become available.


The following is a Faculty of Information Course of Interest in Fall 2016 for Graduate Students.   The course is open to both master's and doctoral students.

Below please find a description of the course.
INF2225HF: Digital Discourse, Fall 2016, Tuesdays 1 - 4pm

This course provides an introduction to the field of theoretical writing addressing the nature of digital media and the role of technology in modern and contemporary culture from a humanistic perspective. In doing so, this course will consider a range of critical pressure points that have been central to media studies, technology studies, digital humanities, art and performance, cinema studies, and archival studies. How have developments in digital culture and theory impacted the critical commonplaces of analogy, time, space, sound, motion, network, body, and narrative? Do digital networks, databases and data modeling, algorithmic mediation, hyperlinks, and ever-accumulating indexes alter the conditions of knowledge, artistic practice, subjectivity, and the place of ideology critique?

In dialogue with critical paradigms that have been fundamental to the discourse of critical theory, including affect, power, constructionism, archives, colonialism, nationalism, and the politics of race, gender, and sexuality, we will reflect on the parameters of a deeply significant archeological shift from the conceptual apparatus of “perspective” to the elastic platforms of “fold” that are emphasized, if not wholly embodied, by the digital condition. Such a shift turns around the paradoxical inscription of novel procedures of archivization, accumulation, divergence, and fractal simultaneity in past paradigms of projection, the baroque, dialectics, surveillance, and philosophical teleology. This course will provide students with the opportunity to scrutinize the work of a wide spectrum of thinkers central to critical theory in digital discourse, including Martin Heidegger, Walter Benjamin, Marshall McLuhan, Wendy Chun, Max Horkheimer, Theodor Adorno, Alexander Galloway, Eugene Thacker, Jacques Rancière, Jussi Parikka, Katherine Hayles, Lisa Nakamura, Arjun Appadurai, Frederick Kittler, Alan Liu, Lev Manovich, Timothy Murray, Donna Haraway, Mark Poster, Gilles Deleuze, Mark B. N. Hansen, Brian Massumi, Erin Manning, and David Rodowick. We will examine how these different approaches to digital media and technology inflect what Karl Marx called the history of the sense, or the relation of political and aesthetic experience.

In order to foreground the intellectual trajectories that surround digital media, it is important to examine pre-digital media theories before moving into writing on digital new media. The syllabus thus follows the reception of media theory in North America starting with the work of University of Toronto English professor Marshall McLuhan in the 1950s and 1960s. It then moves backward in time to examine several German critics writing in the 1930s and 1940s. However, the bulk of the syllabus focuses on the work of digital theories in the late twentieth/ early twenty-first centuries, which mark the dawn of networked personal computing.

The course presumes no prior experience in digital discourse, only a basic familiarity with analytic writing at the graduate level. The course is open to both Master’s and Doctoral students

Patrick Keilty
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Information


CENTRE FOR MEDIEVAL STUDIES

(Course Descriptions TBA) Link to CMS website: http://medieval.utoronto.ca/studying/courses/ 

MST 1000YMedieval Latin I/ D. Townsend/S.Ghosh (M-F 1-2 pm; LI 301)

MST 1115H (Sum)English Palaeography/A. Gillespie (PR: Level One Latin pass or MST 1104H/MST 1105H, or permission of Instructor) (T,Th 2-5 pm; LI 301)

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CINEMA STUDIES

(Course Descriptions TBA) Link to CINEMA STUDIES website:  http://www.cinema.utoronto.ca/gradcourses.html 

CIN3002HS L0101 (Winter) http://www.cinema.utoronto.ca/gradcourses.html#CIN3002H
Cinema and Nation: Realism, Revolt and Iranian Cinema
Instructor:
S. Saljoughi

This course will consider the relationship between realism and the political dimensions of cinematic form in Iranian cinema. We will take a long view of Iranian cinema, from turn-of-the-century travelogues to the dissident Iranian New Wave to contemporary transnational art cinema. We will pay particular attention to the ways in which practices of film analysis, the geopolitics of spectatorship, and realism taken for value have shaped scholarly debates on Iranian cinema and non-Western cinemas more broadly. Readings include texts by Fredric Jameson, André Bazin, Siegfried Kracauer, Negar Mottahedeh, Jonathan Rosenbaum, Hamid Naficy, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Hamid Dabashi, and Joan Copjec, among others.

The course is open for registration on ACORN/ROSI.

Mondays 9-11 and 1-3
Location IN313
Innis College, (University of Toronto 2 Sussex Avenue)

For additional information or assistance, please contact the Graduate Program Assistant at gradcinema.studies@utoronto.ca.


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ITALIAN STUDIES

Goggio visiting professor – Italian Studies: J. Steinberg (Chicago) https://rll.uchicago.edu/faculty/steinberg

Law and Literature in Boccaccio’s Decameron

One of the most important and influential works of the middle ages—and a lot funnier than the Divine Comedy—, Boccaccio’s Decameron, written in the midst of the social disruption caused by the Black Death (1348), may have held readers attention for centuries because of its bawdiness, but it is also a profound exploration into the basis of faith and the meaning of death, the status of language, the construction of social hierarchy and social order, and the nature of crisis and historical change. Framed by a story telling contest between seven young ladies and three young men who have left the city to avoid the plague, the one hundred stories of the Decameron form a structural masterpiece that anticipates Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, the Renaissance epics, and the modern short story. We will especially focus on how the work explores the intersection of legal and literaryrepresentation but students  will be encouraged to further explore in individual projects the many topics raised by the text, including (and in addition to the themes mentioned above) magic, the visual arts, mercantile culture, travel and discovery, and new religious practices.

Given in English. Some bases in Italian would be useful.

Fall term – Sept. 12 – Oct. 7
Monday 10-12 – AH402
Wednesday 10-12 – CR402
Friday 10-12 – CR402

 
Previous graduate courses sponsored by the Goggio Chair : http://italianstudies.utoronto.ca/goggio-chair/sponsored-courses/

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