Professing Literature


NOTE: As of September 2020, this course will be limited to 3rd year English Ph.D. students and 4th year Ph.D. U. students, for whom it is mandatory


Tuesday 2 pm - 4 pm 


C. Warley

Course Description

This seminar, required of and limited to Year-3 doctoral students, addresses the teaching of English literature at the university level. It is designed to provide the foundations for an informed, self-reflexive pedagogy and to help students develop effective methods for teaching English to undergraduate and graduate students. Guest faculty will discuss a range of pedagogical challenges and solutions. (Credit/Non-credit)

What has it meant, what might it mean, and what should it mean, to “profess” (pro-fateri, to confess before, to declare and admit before, to claim a knowledge you don’t have, to affirm an allegiance, to teach) in a literature department today, mostly in front of undergraduates?  In a large university or small college?  In a lecture?  In a seminar?  In remarks on written assignments?  In assigned grades? 

Course Reading List

Suggested readings and a schedule of exercises will be distributed on the first day of class.

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

  • Pass/fail
  • Discussion and presentations

Term: S-TERM (January 2023 to April 2023)Date/Time: Tuesday / 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Location: Room JHB 616 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street)
Delivery: In-Person