In my courses in Comparative Literature, Latin American Studies, and Cinema Studies at University of Toronto, I experiment with different forms of pedagogy, seminar discussion, and writing exercises. Below is a partial list of seminars and classes I have taught recently.

Forms of Critical Writing

This course offers a workshop and readings of critical writing that problematize the demarcations of genre and of private and public discourses, performance and praxis. We will read and discuss a variety of critical texts that seem to demand, because of their generic ambiguity, an attention to form and to writerliness. These texts are found in blogs, online magazines, essays, manifestoes, and books. The workshop will allow graduate students, engaged in a vital search for their own professional writerly voice, a forum in which to analyse the motivations, effects, discomfort, and excitement engendered by such critics and their work. This will be an intensive writing course, with short weekly assignments and various kinds of writing exercises tightly framed around questions of voice, genre, and formal innovation.

Girls and Sex in the 21st Century

Explores representations of young Euro-North American women’s sexuality in media, memoir, film, and theory, so as to better understand the contemporary formation of subjectivity and gendered violence. Engaging contemporary debates in gender studies and feminism, affect theory, cultural studies, and philosophy, this course practices a feminist pedagogy in the very constitution of its space and format.

New Memoir Forms

This course engages narrative and non-narrative forms of memoir so as to examine issues around neoliberal demands and expectations on the constitution of self, as well as generic issues around popular writing, online dissemination, auto-fiction, and critical memoir. Texts include Chris Kraus’s I Love Dick, Maggie Nelson’s The Argonauts, and Bhanu Kapil’s Ban en banlieue.

21st Century Latin American Art and Culture

In the contemporary moment, the distribution and dissemination of images and text facilitates the interactions and overlaps that create a fertile discourse amongst cultural producers. In this class, the students will have conversations with newly established and up-and-coming writers and artists from Argentina and Mexico, examining not only their work and their online visibility, but also the institutional and discursive structures that facilitate and shape their production. Artists and authors include Roberto de la Torre, Pola Oloixarac, and Yoshua Okon.

  • Proust and Modernity
  • Affinities: Readings of Realism and Radicalism
  • Praxis and Performance
  • The Forms of Literature in the Age of Electricity
  • Nineteenth-Century Spanish American Literature