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University of Toronto Quarterly - Volume 85, Number 2, Spring 2016 




Literature and Law: Consensus and the Art of Disagreement

Jon Kertzer

Literary and legal judgments require, formulate, and defend, but also retain
an urge to disrupt, a consensus of like-minded people. This essay studies
the aesthetic of taste in literature and the jury system in law to show how
consensus works, and at what cost. Using Pierre Bourdieu's model of social
“fields” competing for authority, it argues that consensus must be won
within a dissensus that it can never quite quell. Concord emerges from
discord, which remains unruly. This dynamic energizes theories of taste
(Burke, Hume, Scarry), which derive social and moral relevance from the
sensory immediacy of art, and the jury system, which theatrically forges
agreement out of judicial dispute. Jane Austen provides examples of irony in
the service of critical taste; the O.J. Simpson criminal trial illustrates
the tribulations of reaching a unanimous verdict, which it displays to a
disputatious public.



Fantastical Conversations with the Other in the Self: Dorothy L. Sayers
(1893–1957) and Her Peter Wimsey as Animus

Laura Martin

Dorothy L. Sayers created in her fictional character Lord Peter Wimsey a
“contrasexual” figure in her own imagination, with whom she carried on an
extended dialogue over many years. C.G. Jung's concept of the contrasexual
archetype, the anima (in men) or the animus (in women), can provide a very
useful tool for investigating the presence of this transgendered voice
within the self. Specifically in relation to Sayers and her Wimsey, Jung's
theory can uncover the successful conversion of a potentially “bad animus”
into a positive one, or, in other words, Sayers's successful creation in
herself of her own “masculine” voice to replace the harmful voice of the
patriarchy. Not unlike Hélène Cixous's concept of the “other bisexuality,”
the contrasexual element in Sayers provides a model too for her readers to
“speak woman” in a full or rounded way.



Fables of Asylum: Malcolm Lowry's Lunar Caustic

William Kevin Penny

In Malcolm Lowry's Lunar Caustic (1963), a situation exists in which the
story's protagonist – failed jazz musician Bill Plantagenet – feels an
obligation to counsel his companions in the psychiatric institution they
find themselves confined to, and even to rescue them from it. Yet Lowry's
narrative also exposes a certain level of complicity among the hospital's
patients: attempts to “save” them from their fate must never, it seems
tacitly acknowledged, take precedence over the personal fictions they have
devised to protect themselves from the world, both inside and outside the
institution. Indicative of a certain postmodern capacity, the patients might
be thought of as engaged in a type of reality making that is both discursive
and narrational. According to theorists such as Jean-François Lyotard,
entering into social debates over the shape of the world involves trading
stories and offering contending narratives of this kind. Yet for Plantagenet
his continuing aim seems to be an overarching “grand narrative” that he also
envisions as a project for liberating humanity, or freeing the humanist



Robots and the “End of Work” in Archibald Lampman's “City of the End of

Robert David Stacey

This essay examines the representation of work in Archibald Lampman's “The
City of the End of Things” in order to challenge received ideas about
Lampman's socialist politics. In particular, the essay argues that the
poem's negative treatment of automation suggests a disjuncture between his
beliefs and those of the Fabian Society, with which he has repeatedly been
associated. Arguing that Lampman's views on labour and production are more
consonant with William Morris's economic theory, the essay counters readings
of the poem as a critique of alienated labour, suggesting that Lampman's
primary concern is actually the elimination of work via the application of
technology to the production process.



Northrop Frye's “Christianity and Philosophies of History,” ed. Robert D.

Northrop Frye and Robert D. Denham

In a recently discovered document, Northrop Frye reflects on the metaphors
of rise and decline in the philosophies of history of St. Augustine, Edward
Gibbon, Oswald Spengler, and Arnold Toynbee, and he raises the possibility
of their being a Christian philosophy of history. 




We Go Far Back in Time

Russell Morton Brown



Holy Bedlock

Jeffrey Meyers



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