CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THEORY PROGRAM AT VICTORIA COLLEGE

JOB POSTING – Teaching Assistant: Two positions
VIC 202Y1Y Forms of Representation
Closing date for applications: July 13, 2018

This course explores representation as a cultural and political problem. Representation is both a means of depicting or constructing reality and a means of constituting individual and collective subjectivities. We will consider literary and other modes of representation in their historical contexts.

Texts will span a broad historical range and are expected to include: Homer’s The Odyssey, Aristotle’s Poetics, the Bible, the Qur’an, Dante’s Inferno, Auerbach’s Mimesis, Russian Formalist literary theory, Eliot’s The Waste Land, Barthes’s Mythologies, Mahasweta Devi’s Imaginary Maps, and Foucault’s The History of Sexuality, vol 1.

Estimated course enrolment: 80
Hours of work: 190 hours
Class schedule: TR 12-1 (lectures); R1, R2, R3, R4 (tutorials)

Dates of appointment: 1 September 2018 to 30 April 2019

Salary: $44.44 / 45.33 beginning January 2019 per hour as per CUPE agreement

Qualifications: MA in Comparative Literature or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated knowledge of critical and literary theory relevant to the course. Scholarly expertise relevant to the course material (as shown, for example, by dissertation research). At least two years of prior experience as a Teaching Assistant in position(s) involving tutorials or as a Course Instructor. Evidence of effective teaching and communication skills. Knowledge of some of the literature in the original language is a preferred qualification.

Duties: The TA will conduct two weekly tutorial sections, hold regular office hours, meet periodically with the instructor, and mark student essays. The TA will also keep a record of student progress, which will be used by the instructor to help determine final marks.

Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, a brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a current CV to Aphrodite Gardner, Centre for Comparative Literature (agardner@chass.utoronto.ca).

Closing date for applications: July 13, 2018

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to make application.

The Centre’s Hiring policy is available in the Centre office and at the CUPE Local 3902 office.

CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THEORY PROGRAM AT VICTORIA COLLEGE

Teaching Assistant: One position
VIC 203H1F Empires I
Closing date for applications: July 13, 2018

This course will examine the role epic poetry has played in the literary representations that accompany imperial conquests and hegemony from pre-modern times to the emergence of the modern nation-state. Using Vergil’s Aeneid and its reception as our thematic framework, we will compare the establishment, interpretation and reinvention of cultural forms of empire at local, national, transnational and global levels. We will read a number of literary responses to the Aeneid, paying particular attention to the tradition of epic poetry, to consider how these works have been used to celebrate, critique, or reimagine empires and imperialism. Theoretical texts, including the work of Bakhtin, Said, hooks, Gadamer, Latour and others will inform—but not determine—our exploration of Vergil’s reception.

Texts include: Virgil’s, Aeneid; Augustine, Confessions and City of God; Dante, Inferno and Purgatorio; Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra; Milton, Paradise Lost; Alonso de Ercilla, La Araucana. Critical Works by Bakhtin, Said, Gadamer, bell hooks, Latour, David Quint, and Charles Martindale.

Estimated course enrolment: 45
Hours of work: 95 hours
Class schedule: F 10-12 (lectures); F12, F1 (tutorials)
Dates of appointment: 1 September 2018 to 31 December 2018

Salary: $44.44 per hour as per CUPE agreement

Qualifications: MA in Comparative Literature or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated knowledge of critical and literary theory relevant to the course. Scholarly expertise relevant to the course material (as shown, for example, by dissertation research). At least two years of prior experience as a Teaching Assistant in position(s) involving tutorials or as a Course Instructor. Evidence of effective teaching and communication skills. Knowledge of some of the literature in the original language is a preferred qualification.

Duties: The TA will conduct two weekly tutorial sections, hold regular office hours, meet periodically with the instructor, and mark student essays. The TA will also keep a record of student progress, which will be used by the instructor to help determine final marks.

Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, a brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a current CV to Aphrodite Gardner, Centre for Comparative Literature (agardner@chass.utoronto.ca).

Closing date for applications: July 13, 2018

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to make application.

The Centre’s Hiring policy is available in the Centre office and at the CUPE Local 3902 office.

 

CENTRE FOR COMPARATIVE LITERATURE
LITERATURE AND CRITICAL THEORY PROGRAM AT VICTORIA COLLEGE
Teaching Assistant: One position
VIC 205H1S Empires II
Closing date for applications: July 13, 2018

This course examines literary representations of intercultural encounters in the context of imperial conquest and hegemony from the emergence of the modern nation-state through more recent developments in globalization. We will consider four novelists (Aphra Behn, Herman Melville, Chinua Achebe, and Shusaku Endo), each writing from a distinct cultural perspective, who represent encounters with the “Other” at different points in the history of imperialist expansion. We will frame our analysis of these literary authors with reference to several key 20th-century philosophical reflections on the relationship between the self and others. Drawing on phenomenological examinations of the same theme in the work Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Fanon, Buber, and Levinas, we will attend to the novel’s special power as a medium for encountering and imagining the Other in the context of colonial expansion and globalization.

Includes Texts By: Montaigne, Aphra Behn (Oroonoko), Melville (Moby Dick), Achebe (Things Fall Apart), and Endo (Silence). Critical works by Husserl, Heidegger, Sartre, Fanon, Levinas, and Buber.

Estimated course enrolment: 45
Hours of work: 95 hours
Class schedule: F 10-12 (lectures); F12, F1 (tutorials)
Dates of appointment: 1 January 2019 to 30 April 2019

Salary: $45.33 per hour as per CUPE agreement

Qualifications: MA in Comparative Literature or a closely related discipline. Demonstrated knowledge of critical and literary theory relevant to the course. Scholarly expertise relevant to the course material (as shown, for example, by dissertation research). At least two years of prior experience as a Teaching Assistant in position(s) involving tutorials or as a Course Instructor. Evidence of effective teaching and communication skills. Knowledge of some of the literature in the original language is a preferred qualification.

Duties: The TA will conduct two weekly tutorial sections, hold regular office hours, meet periodically with the instructor, and mark student essays. The TA will also keep a record of student progress, which will be used by the instructor to help determine final marks.

Application Procedure: Submit a letter of application, a brief Statement of Teaching Philosophy, and a current CV to Aphrodite Gardner, Centre for Comparative Literature (agardner@chass.utoronto.ca).

Closing date for applications: July 13, 2018

This job is posted in accordance with the CUPE 3902 Unit 1 Collective Agreement.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

The University of Toronto invites all qualified applicants to make application.

The Centre’s Hiring policy is available in the Centre office and at the CUPE Local 3902 office.

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