University of Toronto

Graduate Department of English

ENG9900H: Professing Literature

Instructor: Melba Cuddy-Keane

Office: Rm. 2211, 7 King's College Circle

Tel.: 946-3685 (St. George); 287-7162 (Scar.) 265-4660 (home)


Course Time: Tuesday 4-6; occasional discussion/social hour 6-7

Location: Room 2000, 7 King's College Circle

Course Description

This course, required of and limited to Year II doctoral students in English at the University of Toronto, will address topics in the teaching of English literature at the university level. The course is designed to provide the foundations for an informed, self-reflexive pedagogy and to help students develop their own methods for teaching literatures written in English to undergraduates. Guest faculty will discuss critical problems and issues specific to the teaching of literature over the full range of historical periods. Discussions will explore the controversies and debates that have informed, and continue to inform, the formation of English Studies as a discipline; topics in applied pedagogy will focus on individual texts chosen to reflect historical and geographical breadth.

"A classroom becomes a community around a text; you draw on everyone's experiences and readings--their whole humanity--as you focus on the work you've agreed to have in common." (Jenifer Sutherland, "Professing Literature," 1999-2000)

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