GRADUATE COURSES 2020-21

ENGL 5813 X1: Natures, Machines, and Subjectivities in Ernest Hemingway’s Short Stories

Seminar Instructor: Dr. Lance La Rocque

This course will explore Ernest Hemingway’s complex and contradictory depictions of nature, machines, and his various male protagonists. Throughout his many short stories, Hemingway seems to hesitate between humanist existential encounters with machines and nature and what might be seen as his prescient postmodern encounters.  In conversation with philosophers and theorists including Heidegger, Adorno, Deleuze and Guattari, and Jameson, we will explore Hemingway’s conceptualizations of the intersection between humans, machines, and nature, tracing his various positions, including his environmental ethic and his dismantling of the humanist subject.

ENGL 4033/5113 X2: Malory’s Morte Darthur and Its English Sources

Seminar Instructor: Dr. Kevin Whetter

Sir Thomas Malory’s fifteenth-century Le Morte Darthur [sic] is notable amongst other things for its intertextual contexts: Malory wrote at the end of a pan-European tradition of Arthurian literature, and Malory himself is the ultimate source for a range of modern Arthuriana from Tennyson and Twain to Mitchison and Zimmer Bradley. This course will explore the Morte with a particular eye on Malory’s principal English sources, two poems also called Morte Arthur(e). With each English Morte we shall explore diverse issues, including but not limited to genre, gender, secularity, religion and the transition from a manuscript culture to a print culture.

ENGL 5713/4213 X1: Experimental Poetry: A Transnational Sensorium

Seminar Instructor: Dr. Anne Quéma

This course establishes a dialogue between poets practising in the UK and in Canada. Poets will include C. Bergvall, M. O’Sullivan, E. Moure, M. Dumont, G. Monk, L. Howard, F. Presley, J. Abel, H. Tarlo, and O. Avasilichioaei. We will locate UK and Canadian experimental poetry in their historical contexts. Affect will also constitute the theoretical framework for our discussion of experimental practices of language. Theorists include Puar, Nancy, Balso, Rancière, and Haraway. In this historical and theoretical context, we will compare the ways in which poets in the UK and in Canada generate political critique and resistance by deploying multimedial and multisensorial poetic strategies.

ENGL 5023 X2: Narrative Identity: The relationships between story and selfhood

Seminar Instructor: Dr. Jon Saklofske

Current social media practices reveal the potentials and pitfalls of constructing social selves via narrative curation.  In this seminar we will explore the foundations of such practice via first person literature examples, dramatic monologue poems, voice-over films, and participatory interactive digital experiences, critically examining the ways that narration can be used to govern, extend, divide, and disrupt one’s sense of self in particular social contexts.   Narration symbolically distances storytellers from experience via representation, and such externalization can affirm and validate a sense of identity.  However, such objectifying processes can also result in the construction of over-simplified personae, preventing narrators from fully understanding themselves, and exposing them to a potential loss of control over their own identity construct