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 11:30-1:00 pm and by appointment.

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

My teaching and research focus on the Victorian novel. I regularly teach English 324Y, a year-long course on British fiction 1832-1900, as well as English 325, the Victorian Realist Novel. I also teach a variety of undergraduate and graduate seminars on such topics as realism; sociality and anti-sociality in the Victorian Novel; emotions/affect theory; the novel and everyday life; sociology and the novel, and the construction of space and place in realist fiction. My current research deals with the relation between realism and fantasy in Victorian realist fiction.


Faculty Bookshelf


The Victorian Novel Dreams of the Real: Conventions and Ideology (forthcoming, 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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