Literary Studies Courses
Selected genres, topoi, or modes (such as epic, romance, satire, tragedy, lyric, utopia, autobiography, confession), with special
The rise of modern European literatures in various contexts - colonialism, humanism, literacy, nation-states, democratic movements, ideologies, individualism - which prompted development of new literary genres and sub-genres, figures, personae and filiations. Texts: Petrarch, (selected poems); Montaigne, Essays, (selection); Shakespeare, The Tempest; Cervantes, Don Quixote; Milton, Paradise Lost; Juana Ines de la Cruz, (selected poems and prose); Defoe, Robinson Crusoe; Wheatley, (selected poems); Rousseau, Emile; Wollstonecraft, Vindication of the Rights of Woman; Goethe, Elective Affinities; Claire de Duras, Ourika, (MLA Texts and Translations); Bremer, The Colonel’s Daughter; Tolstoy, The Cossacks; Haggard, She; Pauline Johnson, (selected short stories)
Cinematic readings of epic and lyric poetry, folk tale, biblical narrative, novel, short story. The focus will be on cross-cultural
Interdisciplinary seminar on an author or extensive work (eg. Proust’s, Remembrance of Things Past, Joyce’s, Finnegans Wake) or on a historical period (eg. Late Antiquity, Romanticism, the Harlem Renaissance) or critical event. Emphasis on literature and its relation to fine arts, philosophy, politics, history
The avant-garde and its querying of language, representation, and interpretation. In the first term, intensive study of Joyce’s Ulysses. In the second term, works by writers such as Borges, Robbe-Grillet, Brecht, Gombrowicz, Beckett, Levi, Wolf, Garcia Marquez, Shalamov, Spiegelman.
For students enrolled in the Literary Studies program, although other students are welcome. Intensive study of general issues of
Study of current filmic and literary theories, with emphasis on the rhetoric of film: the concept of the trope, metaphor, metonymy, allegory, irony, repetition, and specific thematic tropes like the eye, the face, the death mask, the mirror, the dream, etc.
Renaissance Studies Courses
An interdisciplinary introduction to the civilization of the Renaissance illustrated by a study of the institutions, thought, politics, society and culture of both Italy and Northern Europe. Italian city states such as Florence, Urbino and Venice, Papal Rome and despotic Milan are compared with the northern dynastic monarchies of France and England.
A study of the changing conception of the human self in the Renaissance, and of its representation by major authors: Erasmus, Rabelais, Marguerite de Navarre, Castiglione, Machiavelli and others.
An interdisciplinary approach to questions of gender and sexuality in early modern Europe, with special focus on the representations of the sexual drive, the gender roles of men and women, and varieties of sexual experience in the literature and art of the period.
Focuses on analysis of short stories and longer prose works including, in English translation: Boccaccio’s stories of love, fortune and human intelligence in the Decameron; Rabelais’ humorous parody of high culture in Gargantua; the tragic tale of Romeo and Juliet; and the adventures of picaresque rogues in Lazarillo de Tormes and Nashe’s Unfortunate Traveler.
This course examines the various media (printing press, representation art, music, preaching) and social and political forces (family and political networks, censorship, education, etc.) that conditioned the communication of ideas in early modern society.
An interdisciplinary seminar on Florence in the 15th and 16th centuries: humanism, culture and society in the republican period, the rise of the Medici, Florentine neoplatonism, the establishment of the Medici principate, culture, society and religion.
Systems and processes of verbal and non-verbal communication. Processes of constituting texts out of sign systems in a variety of contemporary modes and genres: language, literature, cinema, advertising, the media, art, gestures.
Studies the international culture emerging in media and literature and examines recent communication theory as it applies to literary, social and cultural issues.
Using semiotic analysis to understand impact of postmodernism on professional fields, including education, medicine, law, and the church.
Theories and models of applied semiotics: analysis of sign systems as articulated in various forms of artistic and cultural production.
The study of readings from major French literary semioticians will be combined with the practical application of theory to the analysis of selected literary texts. (Given by the Department of French and Victoria College)
Other Victoria College Courses
Credit course for supervised participation in faculty research project. See page 40 for details.
Practice and instruction in writing poetry and fiction, paired with study of literature and theory introducing the multicultural richness of contemporary English writing. Approximately three-quarters of class periods are workshops, one-quarter lecture discussions. Work by many writers from contemporary and traditional literatures are read in English translation.
These courses provide an opportunity to design an interdisciplinary course of study not otherwise available within the Faculty. Written application (detailed proposal, reading list and a letter of support from a Victoria College faculty member who is prepared to supervise) should be made through the Program Director for approval by Victoria College Council’s Academic Advisory Committee by April 30 for a Fall course or by November 30 for a Spring course.
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