Summer 2023 Course Descriptions & Timetable

*Please note:

  • Summer Course Timetable, scheduled times, delivery method, descriptions, reading lists, and/or locations are TBA and are subject to change.
  • Department of English ACORN Enrolment for Summer F courses: TBA
  • May 22 Victoria Day - no classes on the Holiday

Summer 2023 Graduate English Course Timetable

Time

Sunday

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Saturday

9:00 am
-
12:00 noon
3 hours

ENG6188HF  
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most - travel 
to Bela Farm from
Toronto, June 11  
(no morning class)

ENG6188HF  
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most  
At Bela Farm 
June 12

3 hour morning class

ENG6188HF 
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most 
At Bela Farm 
June 13

3 hour morning class

ENG6188HF 
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most 
At Bela Farm
June 14 morning 
3 hour morning class
     

10:00 am
-
12:00 noon
2 hours

 

ENG1551HF
Chaucer's 
Canterbury Tales 
K. Gaston
May 8, 15, 29, 
June 5, 12, 19 
2 hours

Rm. JHB 718

ENG6188HF 
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most 
May 16, 23, 30 
2 hours

At Spadina House
Gardens*

ENG1551HF
Chaucer's 
Canterbury Tales 
K. Gaston
May 10, 17, 24,
31, June 7, 14 
2 hours

Rm. JHB 718

ENG6188HF 
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most 
May 18, 25
June 1
2 hours

At Spadina House
Gardens*

   

10:00 am
-
12:00 noon
2 hours

 

 

 

 

ENG6531HF
Trees
A. Ackerman
June 15 am.  
2 hour morning class 

St. George 
Campus grounds 
(Rm. JHB 718
-Backup room)

   

1:00 pm
-
4:00 pm
3 hours 

       

ENG6531HF
Trees
A. Ackerman
June 15 pm.
3 hour afternoon class 

St. George 
Campus grounds 
(Rm. JHB 718
-Backup room)

   

2:00 pm
-
4:00 pm
2 hours  

   

ENG6531HF
Trees
A. Ackerman
May 9, 16, 23,
30, June 6
2 hours

St. George 
Campus grounds 
(Rm. JHB 718
-Backup room)

 

 

ENG6531HF
Trees
A. Ackerman
May 11, 18, 25, 
June 1, 8 
2 hours

St. George 
Campus grounds 
(Rm. JHB 718
-Backup room)

 

   

2:00 pm
-
5:00 pm
3 hours

ENG6188HF  
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most
At Bela Farm 
June 11

3 hour afternoon 
class

ENG6188HF  
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most  
At Bela Farm 
June 12

3 hour afternoon class

ENG6188HF 
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most 
At Bela Farm 
June 13,

3 hour afternoon class

ENG6188HF 
Land, Myth and
Translation in 
a Time of Crisis
A. Most - travel 
back to Toronto
from Bela Farm on June 14 
(no afternoon class)

 

   

4:00 pm
-
7:00 pm
3 hours  

   

ENG5963HF
James Joyce: 
Modernism, 
Modernity, 
Mythology
G. Leonard
Tuesdays May 9, 16, 
23, 30, June 6 , 13

3 hour class

Rm. JHB 718   

 

ENG5963HF
James Joyce: 
Modernism, 
Modernity, 
Mythology
G. Leonard
Thursdays, May 11, 18, 
25, June 1, 8, 15 

3 hour class 

Rm. JHB 718

   

 


ENG1551HF
Chaucer's Canterbury Tales 
K. Gaston

Course Description

This course explores Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in the context of several different critical approaches, such as historicism, formalism, intertextuality, and textural criticism.  We read The Canterbury Tales in their entirety, examining some of the interpretive issues with which recent Chaucer criticism has been most concerned, and considering relevant ancient and medieval sources and analogues.

Course Texts

Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales. Readings will also include secondary articles and essays as well as selected sources for Chaucer's poetry. (All reading will be in Middle English or Modern English translation).

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

  • Midterm Paper 20%
  • Final Paper Proposal 5%
  • Final Paper 45%
  • Presentation 10%
  • Class Participation 20%

**Previous work in Middle English (or permission of the instructor) is a pre-requisite for this class.**

Scheduling

Term: F-TERM (Summer Monday, May 8, 2023 to Monday, June 19, 2023. NB: Monday, May 22 is Victoria Day Holiday, and University is closed)

Date/Time: Mondays & Wednesdays, May 8, 10, 15, 17, 24, 29, 31, June 5, 7, 12, 14, 19.  Two-hour class from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon.   

Location: JHB 718 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, 7th Floor)

Delivery: In-Person 


ENG5963HF
James Joyce: Modernism, Modernity, Mythology
G. Leonard 

Course Description

Joyce's biographer, Richard Ellmann, once remarked "we are still learning to be Joyce's contemporaries."  In Ulysses, Joyce turned to the well-known myth of a previous time in an effort to give shape to the much less obvious myths of his own time. Our primary question in this seminar will be: what did Joyce think he was doing in writing these stories and novels, how did that affect the way that he wrote them, and why did those narrative innovations become such a primary influence on the aesthetic of modernism? Joyce went out of his way, time and time again, to present himself as someone on a mission, someone who must not be stopped or Irish culture in particular, and World culture in general, would suffer. As we look at Joyce’s fiction through the lenses of major theoretical approaches to in this seminar (psychoanalytic, feminist, post-colonial, Marxist, modernist—to name the most prominent), we will also maintain, throughout the course of the seminar, a keen interest in "the reality of experience" as Joyce would have witnessed it—the rise of advertising and commodity culture, as well as the birth of a new Art form: cinema.

Course Reading List

  • The Cambridge companion to James Joyce. Attridge, Derek, editor. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press 2004
  • James Joyce and Cinematicity: Before and After Film. Williams, Keith. Edinburgh University Press, 2020
  • James Joyce in the Nineteenth Century, Cambridge University Press: 2013
  • The new Joyce studies. Flynn, Catherine, editor. Cambridge University Press 2022
  • Cultural studies of James Joyce. Kershner, R. B., editor Amsterdam: Rodopi 2003
  • James Joyce in context. McCourt, John, editor. Cambridge University Press 2009
  • The Culture of Joyce’s Ulysses. Kershner, R. B. Palgrave Macmillan 2010
  • The Cambridge companion to Ulysses. Latham, Sean,  editor. Cambridge University Press, 2014
  • Ulysses, film and visual culture. Sicker, Philip, author. Cambridge University Press, 2018
  • Sex and Credit: Consumer Capitalism in "Ulysses." Tratner, Michael James Joyce quarterly, 1993, Vol.30/31 (1), p.695-716; 
  • Religion and aesthetic experience in Joyce and Yeats Balinisteanu, Tudor. Palgrave Macmillan, 2015
  • Joyce and Advertising: Advertising and Commodity Culture in Joyce's Fiction. Leonard, Garry. University Press of Florida, 1993
  • He's Got Bette Davis Eyes: James Joyce and Melodrama. Leonard, Garry. Joyce studies annual, 2008, p.78-104;
  • James Joyce and the fabrication of an Irish identity Gillespie, Michael Patrick, editor. Amsterdam; Atlanta, Georgia : Rodopi, 2001

ARTICLES

  • Joyce and Lacan: 'The Woman' as a Symptom of 'Masculinity' in "The Dead" Leonard, Garry James Joyce quarterly, 1991, Vol.28 (2), p.451-472
  • Power, Pornography, and the Problem of Pleasure: The Semerotics of Desire and Commodity Culture in Joyce Leonard, Garry James Joyce quarterly, 1993, Vol.30/31 (1), p.615-665; 
  • Soul Survivor: Stephen Dedalus as the Priest of the Eternal Imagination Leonard, Garry Joyce studies annual, 2015, Vol.2015, p.3-27; 
  • The City, Modernism, and Aesthetic Theory in "A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man" Leonard, Garry Novel : a forum on fiction, 1995, Vol.29 (1), p.79-99; 
  • Women on the Market: Commodity Culture, "Femininity," and "Those Lovely Seaside Girls" in Joyce's "Ulysses" Leonard, Garry Joyce studies annual, 1991, Vol.2, p.27-68

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

  • Two short (300 to 500) online responses to reading (40%).
  • Presentations (20%).
  • Research Essay (40%).

Scheduling

Term: F-TERM (Summer Tuesday, May 9, 2023 to Thursday, June 15, 2023.)

Date/Time: Tuesdays & Thursdays, May 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, June 1, 6 , 8, 13, 15. Three-hour class from 4:00 pm to 7:00 pm. 

Location: JHB 718 (Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, 7th Floor)

Delivery: In-Person 


ENG6188HF
Land, Myth and Translation in a Time of Crisis
A. Most

Course Description

In Braiding Sweetgrass, Potawatomi botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer re-tells the Turtle Island and Garden of Eden creation stories, and imagines the fateful conversation that ensued when the two met. In this course, students will engage with Genesis 1-3 through the lens of the conversation Kimmerer proposes, asking how a reparative reading of this foundational cultural narrative might offer a strategy for meeting environmental crisis. By comparing different English versions of the Bible, students will explore how translation progressively stripped the language of Genesis 1-3 of its animacy and the story of its deep connection to land, enabling the myth to become a justification for colonization and environmental degradation. Then, utilizing apocryphal stories, Near Eastern mythology, ancient and medieval commentary from the Jewish and Christian traditions as well as ecocritical and translation theory, we will listen for echoes of an animate land-based cosmology present within the Biblical text. The course will culminate in an off-site workshop, where students will enact “re-story-ation,” drawing the re-animated biblical myth into conversation with the land itself.

Experiential Course Components: This is an experiential course which begins with six conventional class sessions on or near campus in May. Students will then have 10 days to work on material related to their final projects. On June 11, we will head to Bela Farm in Hillsburgh, ON for three nights and four days, returning in the afternoon on June 14. At the farm, students will engage in a variety of activities equivalent to six class sessions and culminating in a final presentation. These include: a fireside storytelling experience with a master storyteller, a full-day symposium with major scholars in the field of myth and translation, and two hands-on workshops (visual art and storytelling) related to course material.  Bela Farm is a beautiful 100-acre centre for creative responses to global environmental crisis located about an hour northwest of Toronto in Hillsburgh, ON. The farm has toilet and shower facilities, an indoor / outdoor kitchen (with fridge and running water) designed for immersive educational retreats, and a variety of indoor/outdoor classroom spaces. During our time at the farm, students will study, camp and cook meals together. Details of transportation, lodging and meals will be organized during the first week of class.

Course Reading List

Readings will include texts such as:
Martin Shaw, Scatterlings and Smoke Hole (selections)
Amitav Ghosh, The Great Derangement
Richard Powers, “A Little More Than Kin,” Emergence Oct 2021
Genesis 1-3 (in three translations: KJV, JPS, and Everett Fox)
Ancient Near Eastern Myths; Gilgamesh, Inanna, Tiamat (translations TBD)
Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass (selected essays)
Thomas King, The Truth About Stories
Leanne Simpson, Dancing on Our Turtle’s Back (selected essays)
Naomi Seidman, Faithful Renderings: Jewish-Christian Difference and the Politics of Translation (selections)
Mary Jane Rubenstein, Pantheologies: Gods, Worlds, Monsters (selected chapters)
Rachel Havrelock, “The Mother of Life and the Infertility of Eden,” in Eve: The Unbearable Flaming Fire.  and “Home at Last: The Local Domain and Female Power,” in The Bible and Feminism: Remapping the Field.  
Stephen Greenblatt, The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve (Chapters 1-3)

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

  • Weekly Council Contributions  20%
  • Class Participation 20%
  • Final Project Written Component 40%
  • Final Project Presentation Component 20%

Scheduling

Term: F-TERM (Summer May 2023 to June 2023) 

Date/Time: 

  • Six two-hour class meetings, scheduled for Spadina House Gardens Pavillion on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon on May 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, June 1 all (6 x 2 hours in total). 

At Bela Farm:

  • One three-hour meeting at Bela Farm after arrival on the afternoon on Sunday, June 11 (from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm);
  • one three-hour morning meeting on June 12 (from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon); 
  • one three-hour afternoon meeting on June 12 (from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm);
  • one three-hour morning meeting on June 13 ( from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon),
  • one three-hour afternoon meeting on June 13 (from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm),
  • and finally one three-hour morning meeting on June 14 (from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon).

Total of 6 two-hour classes and Spadina House Gardens Pavillion Tuesday and 6 three-hour classes for Bela Farm for a total of 12 class meetings.   

Location: Spadina House Gardens* Pavillion (back-up JHB 718) and Bela Farm, addresses TBA
Delivery: In-Person


ENG6519HF CANCELLED
Postcolonial Theory and the World Literature Debates
A. F. Raza Kolb


ENG6531HF
Trees
A. Ackerman

Course Description

Trees, writes botanist Robin Wall Kimmerer, "are our teachers." This course looks at what trees teach in multiple ways. In creation myths and tales of metamorphosis of humans into trees, in meditations on snowy woods, in woodcarving, in a cozy fire, in paper itself, trees are sites of nature-culture. "[T]heir merely being there," John Ashbery archly suggests, "Means something." This course investigates the meaning of trees in diverse genres and traditions as well by walking through streets and parks, exploring trees in the environment we share. Most of the class will take place outside. The seminar will introduce students not only to eco-criticism, theories of wilderness and colonialism, but also to botany and the Wood-Wide-Web or "dendrocommunication." Stories of trees speak of settler-indigenous relations and of global warming. German forester Peter Wohlleben suggests that trees communicate "daily dramas and moving love stories" among themselves. Readings will range from Gilgamesh and Ovid's Metamorphoses to children's literature to modern poetry to two major novels of the past decade, Annie Proulx's Barkskins and Richard Powers's Overstory, which respond to climate change via tales of deforestation, elevating trees over human characters.

Course Reading List

Dr. Seuss, "The Lorax"; Shel Silverstein, "The Giving Tree"; Emily Dickinson, "Four Trees"; John Ashbery, "Some Trees"; Joyce Kilmer, "Trees"; Blake, "A Poison Tree"; DH Lawrence, "Letter from Town: The Almond Tree," "Trees in the Garden," WC Williams, "Winter Trees"; "The Spirit in the Tree: Story from the Zulu tribe of South Africa"; Philip Larkin, "The Trees," Sylvia Plath, "Winter Trees"; Frost, "Birches," "The Sound of the Trees"; Aldo Leopold, "Sand County Almanac"; Annie Proulx, Barkskins; Richard Powers, The Overstory; Robin Wall Kimmerer, Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants; Peter Wohlleben, The Hidden Life of Trees: What they Feel, How they Communicate-Discoveries from a Secret World; Ralph H. Lutts, The Nature Fakers: Wildlife, Science and Sentiment; Timothy Leduc, A Canadian Climate of Mind: Passages from Fur to Energy and Beyond; William Cronon, ed. Uncommon Ground: Rethinking the Human Place in Nature; Eduardo Kohn, "How Forests Think": Toward an Anthropology beyond the Human; Greg Garrard, Ecocriticism

Course Method of Evaluation and Course Requirements

  • Participation in discussion, walks and field trips (20%).
  • Short online responses to reading (20%).
  • Presentations (20%).
  • Research Essay (40%).

Scheduling

Term: F-TERM (Summer May 2023 to June 2023)
Date/Time: Tuesday and Thursdays, May 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30, June 1, 6, 8, 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm (2 hours); Thursday, June 15, from 10:00 am to 12:00 noon (2 hours for final presentations) AND from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm (3 hours for final presentations). 
Location: St. George Campus grounds (exact locations TBA); (Rm. JHB 718 as Backup room)
Delivery: In-Person