Professor of English; Graduate Faculty; Undergraduate Instructor, University of Toronto St. George
Office Phone: 416-978-2732
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, 170 St. George Street, Room 910
Office Hours and/or Leave Status: T 2:15-4 and by appt.
Research and Teaching Interests: Romantic & Victorian Literature
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 social and class 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). She is co-editor, with Elaine Hadley and Sarah Winter, of From Political Economy to Economics through Nineteenth-Century Literature: Reclaiming the Social (Palgrave, 2019).
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.
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