Department of English

University of Toronto

Jaffe, Audrey

Audrey Jaffe
Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor (UTSG)
Office Phone: 416-978-2732
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 910
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: Tuesday 3:15-4:30 p.m. and by appointment (On leave January 1 - June 30, 2020)

B.A., Swarthmore College; PhD, U.C. Berkeley

Professor Jaffe’s research and teaching focus on the Victorian novel. Her most recent book, The Victorian Novel Dreams of the Real: Conventions and Ideology (2016), argues for the real as an object of desire—and hence fantastical construction—in Victorian fiction. Scenes of Sympathy (2000) reconceived Victorian sympathy as an imagined exchange of identities. She has also written about the relation between the stock market, Victorian finance, and the measurement of emotion (The Affective Life of the Average Man;2010) and the idea of omniscience in Dickens (Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience; 1991). Her essay on affect and the Victorian novel is forthcoming in The Palgrave Handbook of Affect and Textual Studies, and she is currently writing about the relation between sociology and the Victorian novel and on the “class” idea in Victorian fiction and culture. Professor Jaffe regularly teaches English 324--a year-long undergraduate course on British fiction—as well as a variety of courses and seminars on such topics as Victorian realism; Victorian character; affect and the novel; the novel and everyday life; sociology and the novel, and the construction of space and place in Victorian realist fiction.


Faculty Bookshelf

The Victorian Novel Dreams of the Real: Conventions and Ideology (Oxford UP, 2016)

The Affective Life of the Average Man: The Victorian Novel and the Stock-Market Graph (Ohio State, 2010)

Scenes of Sympathy: Identity and Representation in Victorian Fiction (Cornell, 2000)

Vanishing Points: Dickens, Narrative, and the Subject of Omniscience (U. of California, 1991)

Recent Essays:
"'Outside the Gates of Everything': Hardy's Exclusionary Realism," Novel 43:3 (2010)

“Cranford and Ruth,” in Jill Matus, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Elizabeth Gaskell (Cambridge, 2007)

“Trollope in the Stock Market:  Irrational Exuberance and The Prime Minister,” Victorian Studies 45 (2002), 43-64 (in Cannon Schmitt, Nancy Henry, and Anjali Arondekar, eds., Victorian Investments, Indiana University Press, 2007)

“Embodying Culture: Dorian’s Wish,” in Pamela Matthews and David McWhirter, eds., Aesthetic Subjects (U. of Minnesota, 2003), 295-312

"Modern and Postmodern Theories of the Novel," in Brantlinger and Thesing, eds., The Blackwell Companion to the Victorian Novel (2002)

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