Dear Students of Literature & Critical Theory & the World,

With the imminent promise of spring, there is (to quote Clarice Lispector) a “dangerous longing in the air.” We’d like to try & harness as much of this dangerous longing as possible, contain it in between the pages of our FUN journal so that these restless stirrings can be opened & accessed during all seasons. Between classes and work and readings and homework there are ideas & words moving with no set place to be: we ask you to locate these things that swim around you & synthesize them into some cohesive or non-cohesive form that can be printed on paper and consumed by others.

That is to say: we want your papers, your essays, your formed & unformed thoughts, your dangerous longings and facts of feelings. We want your musings and theories and critical theories and observations and analyses. This year’s annual literary studies journal will be themed DIS(PLACE)MENT, which includes: essays or papers having to do with displaced persons, displaced bodies, displaced thoughts, identities, feelings, or dissonance. Anything w/r/t the discord between the academy and the communities it studies, the application of one discipline to another, questioning the very idea of “interdisciplinary” or displacing “interdisciplinary,” what it means when the places we set aside for culture to thrive in are the very places where it dies, what it means to carry your land with you wherever you go, blasting the subject with the personal, studying the personal like philosophy, identity in a transnational world, an investigation of the state of hybridization, or anything and everything that comes to mind when the word DIS(PLACE)MENT flashes onto your screen like so.

If you have something that fits in with any or all of the above, please send it to by 21 February 2016. If you don’t have anything that fits with any or all of the above, still do send it to by 21 February 2016. If you are experiencing any sort of dangerous feelings of longing, restlessness or excitement after reading this call for papers please do not contact your doctor but sit down and write to us instead. We await your words!


The Literature & Critical Theory Student Union


FUN THREE: Dis(place)ment – Call for Editors

We are searching for Associate Editors for the third edition of the Literature & Critical Theory Student Union’s academic journal, FUN.

To apply, please submit a one-page double spaced application to our email address: Your application should include a critical comment on one of the written pieces in FUN 2. Please also tell us why we should want to work with you (get as creative as you like).

FUN 2 is available online here:

Applications are due by midnight on Feb. 21.

If you are interested in designing our FUN (print layout, covers, etc.), send us a portfolio of print and visual work – up to five pieces – by Feb. 21, via email to

Fun, Vol. 2

The second edition of the LCT journal is now circulating physically throughout the world and campus. Please help yourselves to these inventive, careful, and frankly bizarre pieces written by our team of burgeoning thought experts. It is with only the greatest pride that I’ve been able to stitch them all together.

Julian Butterfield – Lesson for Three Voices
Polina Zelenko – Godard, Marker, and the Void
Geordie Kenyon Sinclair – Mistranslation and Textual Authority in Infinite Jest
Fan Wu – The Private Discourse of Psychosis: Schreber’s Resistances and Resonances with Freud
Stańczyk Bokiemski – Heidegger on Truth and Suicide
Dean McHugh – Empathy and Narcissus

Editor-in-chief – Catherine Ribeiro
Associate Editor – Tyler Prozeniuk
Editorial Committee – Taylor Ableman, Bahar Banaei, Daniel Glassman, Geordie Kenyon Sinclair, Nicolas Mertens
Print Layout – Tyler Prozeniuk
Design blatantly stolen from the New Left Review circa 1968

It is also available for download, here.

Thanks be,


It should be impossible for you to have found this website and be unaware, but our big sisters in the Comp Lit department are putting on the 25th edition of their conference. That means they’ve been putting on an exceptional and well-programmed conference since the year of my birth. I’ve done so much less each year of living if I average it all out for the full 25. This will not impact your experience of the conference in any way. (This is only about me to the extent that I will have the pleasure of moderating Friday morning’s panel on the subject of feminine hysteria.)

The conference begins tomorrow and welcomes keynote speakers Christopher Fynsk (Aberdeen), Elizabeth Rottenberg (Johns Hopkins) and Comp Lit’s own Eric Cazdyn. It goes on through the weekend. All of this information is on their own website. Please be there. Please enrich your knowledge of Derrida each year for the next 25 years. It’s never too late to initiate this commitment.



Pat Parker: LCT LEGACY Workshop. Global Shakespeare.

You are invited to participate in a special workshop. Please see details below:

Global Shakespeare, the University and the Theatre

A workshop with this year’s Northrop Frye Professor:

Professor Patricia Parker
Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University
formerly Professor of Comparative Literature and Literary Studies, University of Toronto

Friday, March 20th, 2015
3:00pm – 5:00pm, Room VC304, Old Victoria College Building

Participation is by application only (first come, first served). Please write Alexandra Varela at: by March 17th to reserve a place.

The workshop will be run seminar-style with lots of time for informal discussion, and will give students an opportunity to reflect on contemporary issues regarding cultural activism, education, and entertainment. No readings are assigned. Students are encouraged to take advantage of this unique opportunity to engage with one of the world’s leading scholars – and a founding member of Literary Studies (precursor to LCT).


A social will follow later that evening. I’m not sure yet in what room. Mark the date. Excite yourselves for speech.

Dearest Enthusiasts, More Movies, Winter 2015:

Welcome back. It’s nearly February. It all still nevertheless feels new. Here are the movies we have been watching on Wednesday nights at 7PM, and will continue to watch, over at the Media Commons, which is an environment slightly more suitable to watching the movies than where we were last watching the movies. You may now take a break from your reliably unpleasant evening in the stacks of Robarts and join some other world’s consciousness with us at the movies without leaving the building:

Jan. 14: Eros Plus Massacre (Yoshihige Yoshida, 1969)

Jan. 21: Class Relations (Jean-Marie Straub and Danièle Huillet, 1984)

Jan. 28: My Friend Ivan Lapshin (Aleksei German, 1984)

Feb. 4: Khrustalyov, My Car! (Aleksei German, 1998)

Feb. 25: The Third Part of the Night (Andrzej Żuławski, 1971)

Mar. 4: Lancelot du lac (Robert Bresson, 1974)

Mar. 11: Marketa Lazarova (Frantisek Vlácil, 1967)

Mar. 18: Ludwig: Requiem for a Virgin King (Hans-Jürgen Syberberg, 1972)

Mar. 25: Story of My Death (Albert Serra, 2013)

I will see all of you.


FUN // CALL FOR PAPERS // 2014-2015

When you are writing an essay, what you are doing is harnessing upon a spontaneous arousal and methodically massaging it forth until the product spurts out. These are the papers we want to see at FUN.

When was the last time you divined upon some spectacular psychic formation? That was sexual arousal. That was an arousal that happened in your mind that you brought forth into a displayable object for all the world to see, an arousal that you remained with until the final moments of muscular convulsion when your body ejected forth some spew, and that spew was an essay that you wrote.

Each erection is a way of reaching out into the world with a hopeful prodding. St. Augustine illustrated this clearly. The erection is a built object made up of your desires for a better world, which are not dissimilar from your desires to make a new version of yourself, or to experience great physical relief, or to handle an object that seems very interesting to you. We want to see the creation wherein you remain with your erection until it becomes fruitful—until you explore satisfactorily the objects of fascination which brought it about.

What we would like to see at FUN are those otherwise aborted notions wherein conception means enough to you for you to remain united with your love object (the object of criticism) until you make a living, breathing, eight-pound thing that people can hold, circulate, and listen to. There are some ways in which a printed journal is different from a baby. The written work is an object whereby we reproduce ourselves in the world.

Love is a process of writing. Writing goes most smoothly when excited. Please, do us the great discursive pleasure of illustrating your love on paper, thereby creating some sort of love-begotten-love and soaking that paper totally. The paper needn’t be sodden with innuendo, but we want to see the work you produce in fevered passion. We want moments of recognition, moments of exasperation, moments of confusion and moments of relief assembled together in an almost-coherent narrative which still demands more, because we want to fall in love with your work.

Please submit to us at by January 5th, 2015

In wait,

Catherine Ribeiro and Tyler Prosazhgneuk

FUN 2014-2015

Submission Specifications // Submission Sheet

France Dyson talk: Sound Travels

Dearest enthusiasts, we have received word of an event presented by our Academic Mother-Brother, the Centre for Comp Lit:

This is just a reminder that the Centre for Comparative Literature is pleased to announce that Professor Frances Dyson, professor emeritus of Cinema and Technocultural Studies at the University of California Davis and author of The Tone of Our Times: Sound, Sense, Economy, and Ecology, will be giving a talk on her new work Thursday November 6, at 3 PM in NF007. The talk is entitled Sound Travels:
“What do sound art installations, colonial prisons, abandoned housing estates, wilderness areas, and inner-city performance spaces have in common? This talk will be something of a travelogue that charts the ways sound interacts with architectural and cultural spaces. Through this journey I hope to show the relationships between sound art and a certain form of silencing – what I referred to as an institutionalization of sound, one that transects art, systems of punishment, real estate, financial speculation, and “nature”.
Bio: Frances Dyson is Emeritus Professor of Cinema and Technocultural Studies at the University of California, Davis, and Visiting Professorial Fellow at the National Institute for Experimental Arts, University of New South Wales. She is the author of The Tone of Our Times: Sound, Sense, Economy and Ecology (MIT Press, 2014); Sounding New Media: Immersion and Embodiment in the Arts and Culture (University of California Press, 2009).
We offer a full and binding guarantee that this event will be worth your attendance. Please come!

Teaching Theory: A Roundtable (and other important events on October 23rd)

Thursday, October 23rd is a very big day for us, LCT. It is a very big day for you, LCT. Please be united with us on this day:

A spectre is haunting the newly re-dubbed Literature and Critical Theory program: the spectre of theory. Hushed and private dialogue among faculty comes closest to revealing the ideas that have played a decisive role in determining the program’s peculiar approach to theoretical pedagogy: theory should not be taught as a canon; one should not present theory as a body of dead work; theory should be a means rather than an end; it should be something that one does rather than something that one learns and applies. Meanwhile, one wonders if keeping theory, so to speak, at arm’s length betrays a fear or avoidance of answering (or trying to answer) certain important and even fundamental questions to our field of study, especially in its current formulation as a pair – literature and critical theory.

On October 23rd, 2014, your Literature and Critical Theory Student Union will be holding a panel discussion guided by one overarching question, what is the place of critical theory? The question will be posed in various ways. Can we speak of the “correct” and “incorrect” uses of theory? How should we think of the relation between “theory” and “literature”? How can the concept of “praxis” relate to the study of literature, or to the analysis of other objects? And, finally, what is the pedagogical place of theory: should formalized, canonized instruction be resisted in favour of curricula that might teach students not about theory, but rather to theorize?

Speakers will include University of Toronto professors Eric Cazdyn and Rebecca Comay, as well as York University’s Jonathan Adjemian, with moderation by LCT undergraduate Catherine Ribeiro.

Rebecca Comay is a professor of philosophy and comparative literature at the University of Toronto as well as being the coordinator of the Literature and Critical Theory program.

Eric Cazdyn holds the title of Distinguished Professor of Aesthetics and Politics at the University of Toronto. A chief preoccupation of his work is the problem of praxis, or “the impossible unification of theoretical speculation and everyday practice”.

Jonathan Adjemian is a PhD candidate and instructor at York University’s Social and Political Thought program. This past summer, he started School, an outside-the-academy seminar series wherein people with no shared philosophical background gathered together indoors on gorgeous Sunday afternoons to discuss Plato and Catherine Malabou. He considered himself unfit to join this seminar, which of course verified that he was exactly fit to join this seminar.

Please join us in this discussion at 5PM in Emmanuel College room 119, and be very liberal with your objections.

An LCT general meeting will follow at 6:30PM in the same room. I would highly recommend remaining in the room for this opportunity to voice your grievances and celebrations about/of the program in a forum that will allow these concerns to be carried back to the administration (though not, we promise, under your name). We don’t know what you like or what you dislike or what you want. You have to tell us. There are few safer opportunities to make your desires known (and I mean this in as large a sense as you are willing to imagine).

Our fall social will take place later still at 8PM at the Regal Beagle, 335 Bloor Street West. I recommend coming to this if you’d like to express grievances of any sort in a forum of zero positive or negative consequence, but with some beer and some food provided to you at no charge.

If it makes it easier to remind yourself of these goings-on on Facebook, you can.

In hopes of seeing every last one of you,

An excellent selection of movies in Fall 2014:

Word to the wise and those who aspire to such wisdom:

We still screen moving pictures on a once-weekly basis. Honest on our mothers. We have never stopped doing this. Our film-screening wing is called THE POPULAR FRONT FOR THE LIBERATION OF MOVING IMAGES. Is that not, comrade, something it sounds attractive to be part of?

This fall, we have been and will continue to be screening said movies at 6:30PM on Wednesdays in NF006. Next winter we hope to screen them somewhere a bit nicer. Just wait.

Like us, the films respond to the serious material constraints and limitations of the true administrative world, but the films do magnificent things within these constraints. Please to the audience, you will come see. Our full fall program, including those already screened, is as follows:


What do you like, Facebook? There’s a group. Perhaps you are also interested in the website tumblr? Well, the currently archival is actually a tumblr account. We are all around the internet to remind you of ourselves. Tyler made the tumblr look really nice, I think. I’d love to visit that tumblr if I didn’t know so simply that some excellent film will be screening each week at the same place and time. But I don’t need to visit the tumblr! I trust that the Front chose the right movies to screen! (This is an attitude that I advocate for anyone).