Graduate Seminar - January 12, 2015, 010 Vanier College

Just a reminder that there is a grad seminar on Monday January 12, 2015 from 5:30pm - 8:30pm in room 010 Vanier College.  It will be facilitated by Professors Roger Fisher and Yedida Eisenstat.  Below are summaries of their talk.

Professor Roger Fisher: "Mytholawgies: The Archetypal, Mythical, and Narrative Structure of Legal Stories

In this talk I will describe the book I am presently writing on "law-fi" as a genre of story-telling that blurs the boundary between fictional literary works and court judgments. I will then discuss the parallels between Aeschylus' play The Furies and the decision of the Ontario Court of Justice in Batty v. City of Toronto that abruptly ended the Occupy Movement in Toronto on November 21, 2011. The court ruled that protestors have no right under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms to assemble in a public place without being subject to city by-laws and removal orders. The threat to the civic order posed by the Occupy Movement is as ancient as the one depicted     in Aeschylus’ play, and the similar outcome in Batty v. City of Toronto suggests that in a Greek myth and in Charter litigation, “law is prophecy and nothing more” (Oliver Wendell Holmes).

Professor Yedida Eisenstat: "The Medium is the Message: Rashi's Torah Commentary as Medieval Midrashic Anthology.”

Written in the late eleventh century, Rashi’s Torah commentary became the most-studied of all biblical commentaries among Jews and was also read widely among medieval Christian biblical interpreters, including Nicholas de Lyra. This talk will account for the emergence and popularity of Rashi's commentary among northern European Jews by contextualizing this development within the larger majority cultural developments of increased textualization and the Twelfth Century Renaissance.