Centre for Comparative Literature
List of Northrop Frye Professors in Literary Theory

The Northrop Frye Professor in Literary Theory is selected annually, to bring innovative comparative scholars to deliver one or two public lectures to the University of Toronto community, offer workshops and seminars at the Centre for Comparative Literature, and meet with faculty and students.

Denise Ferreira da Silva, University of British Columbia
Unpayable Debt: A black feminist reading of the scenes of value
February 11, 2022 from 3-5 on Zoom

Professor Walter Mignolo, Duke University
Workshop: Semiosis, Literature and Coloniality: A Decolonial Story
Friday, January 15, 2021, 3-5

Professor Tiffany King, Georgia State University
Talk/Worskhop: “The Abolitionist and Decolonial Now.”
Thursday, March 11,  2021, 4-6.

Professor Rey Chow, Duke University
Workshop: “Literary Study’s Biopolitics.”
Friday, April 9, 2021, 3-5

Professor Denise Ferreira da Silva, University of British Columbia
Lecture: “Corpus Infinitum”
Thursday, April 29, 2021

2020,  Denise Ferreira da Silva, University of British Columbia

2020, Anne Carson“Stillness”

2019, Silvia Federici, Re-enchanting the World: Feminism and the Politics of the Commons

2019, Rita Felski, “Hooked: Art and Attachment”

2018, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson“As We Have Always Done”

2018, Elizabeth Povinelli, Political Concepts in the Wake of Geontopower; “Oceans in Oceans in Oceans of the 4 axioms of existence

2017, Jean-Michel Rabaté“What can we learn from Derrida today?”

2017, Fred Moten, Manic Depression: A Poetics of Hesitant Sociology

2016 Ella Shohat, “Nation, Partition, and the Linguistic Imaginary: The Curious Case of Judeo-Arabic”

2016 Sianne Ngai, “Theory of Gimmick”

2015 Patricia Parker, “Multilingual Shakespeares

2013 Cathy Caruth, “Disappearing History: Scenes of Trauma in the Theater of Human Rights. A Reading of Ariel Dorfman’s Play, Death and the Maiden”

2013 Jacques Rancière, “Politics of Time/Time of Politics” and “The Politics of Fiction

2012 Lauren Berlant, “Sex in the Event of Happiness

2011 Franco Moretti, “The Bourgeois”

2011 Carol Mavor, “Blue Mythologies”

2010 David Damrosch, “Anatomy of Comparison: Literary Studies for post-literary Age”

2010 Françoise Lionnet, “Triages and Transplantations: Reading Nature, Writing Culture”

2008 Emily Apter, “Properties of Translation: Signature, Copyright, Textual Ownership”

2008 Jonathan Hart, “Comparative Literature Studies in a Canadian Context”

2007 Peter Stein, “Staging the Canon: Classical Drama vs. Opera”

2006 Edgard Sienaert, “Research and Identity”

2005 Paolo Fabbri, “Rhetorics”

2004 Sylvia Molloy, “Translation and Discovery: A Few Cautionary Scenes”

2003 Sidonie Smith, “Memory, Politics and the Uses of the Autobiographical”

2002 James Phelan, “Issues in the Rhetorical Theory of Narrative: Character Narrators, Narrative Temporality, Audiences, and Ethics”

2001 Wladimir Krysinski, “World Literature in the Context of Globalization”

2000 L. M. Findlay, “Intellectuals, Artists, and Freedom: The Canadian-Europe-Other Nexus”

1999 Michael Holquist, “Philology as History and as Task”

1998 Tillotama Rajan, “Spectres of Phenomenology: Sartre, Derrida, Foucault, Baudrillard, Kristeva”

1997 Ross Chambers, “Death at the Door”

1996 Natalie Zemon Davis, “Displacement and Discovery: Cultural Description in Early Modern Travel Literature”

1995 Charles Taylor, “Language and Poetics”

1994 Marc Angenot, “Introduction to Social Discourse Theory”

1993 Derek Walcott, “The Language of Poetry”

1992 Julia Kristeva, “Proust and Perceptible Time”

1991 Alvin A. Lee, “The Old English Poem Beowulf”

1990 Vladimir Ivanov, “Diachronic Aspects of Semiotic Approaches to Literature”

1989 Barbara Herrnstein-Smith, “Problems in the Theory of Value and Judgement: Axiology and After”

1988 Sander L. Gilman, “Freud, Race and Gender”

1987 Mieke Bal, “Reading Rembrandt: Beyond the Word-Image Opposition”

1986 Edward Said, “Culture and Imperialism”

1985 Hugh Kenner, “The Pursuit of Prose”

1982 Robert Weimann

1980 Henry Schogt, “Linguistics and Literary Criticism”

1979 Paul Ricoeur, “Narrative and Time”

1978 Ralph Cohen

1977 Frederic Jameson

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