Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG379H1F  L5101   M6-9
Victorian Realist Novel
Professor Audrey Jaffe

Brief Description of Course: Why do some novels create a “reality effect” so powerful that we forget we are reading about imaginary persons and events? Why did nineteenth-century writers produce so much realist fiction, and why did readers want it? How do realist novels work? We will explore these and other questions via a series of key texts, theoretical as well as literary.

Required Reading: ): Penguin classics editions ordered from U of T Bookstore: Eliot, Adam Bede; Gaskell, Mary Barton; Dickens, Hard Times; Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge; Gissing, New Grub Street.

First Three Authors/Texts: Eliot; Gaskell; Dickens.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion

Method of Evaluation: Two essays (20%, 25%), term test (25%), group presentation (10%), attendance and active participation (10% each).

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