Where: Toronto Metropolitan University
Instructor: Dr. Irene Gammel
In this course, students study American literatures related to the #MeToo Movement, which has had a profound impact in the United States and beyond, with memoirs and non-fiction books and stories able to effect social change. Works to be read include Susan Choi’s novel Trust Exercise (2019), Ronan Farrow’s Catch and Kill (2020), Chanel Miller’s memoir Know My Name (2019), and Kate Elizabeth Russell’s My Dark Vanessa (2020), which are concerned with harassment and sexual assault, as well as dating, sexuality, and power in contemporary American society. The course also studies some earlier American literatures such as Theodore Dreiser’s The Financier (1912) to explore historical literary representations of the intersections of sex and power and reveal the inscription of predatory behavior in literature. To contextualize this literature, students consider the intersection of sex and power in cultural narratives. In addition to class discussions, this course includes guest lectures by and discussions with #MeToo authors.
In engaged discussion, colloquia, and critical response papers, students demonstrate proficiency in the discipline of English studies by applying advanced research methods, critical thinking, and persuasive communication skills to a specialized topic of study.