Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG324Y1Y L0101

ENG324Y1Y   L0101   M3-5, W4
Fiction, 1832-1900
Instructor: A. Day

Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 631
Email: andrealynne.day@mail.utoronto.ca


Brief Description of Course: Between the years 1832 and 1901, Britain saw large-scale political and social change, and Victorian fiction both contributes to and performs the shifting attitudes toward gender, race, age, religion, science, and class that characterize the period. As we query these issues, students will become conversant with a range of the period’s literary genres, including the realist novel, the Bildungsroman, the gothic novel, sensation fiction, detective fiction, children’s literature, and the imperial romance. We will pay special attention to representations of marginalized subjects, particularly members of the working class, children, the elderly, women, and queer subjects, and we will consider the relationship between these representations and the emergences of mass industrialization and Empire.

Required Reading:
Braddon, The Black Band (1876-77)*
Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland (1865)
Collins, The Moonstone (1868)
Conan Doyle, “A Scandal in Bohemia” (1891, 1892), “The Adventure of the Cardboard Box” (1892, 1894), and “The Final Problem” (1893, 1894)*
Dickens, Great Expectations (1860-61, 1861)
Eliot, Silas Marner (1861)
Gaskell, North and South (1855)
Grand, “The Undefinable” (1894)* and “The New Aspect of the New Woman” (1894)*
Haggard, King Solomon’s Mines (1885)
Hardy, Jude the Obscure (1895)
Rymer, The String of Pearls (1850)*
Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
Stoker, Dracula (1897)
Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)


First Three Authors/Texts: Great Expectations, Silas Marner, North and South

Texts marked with an asterisk (*) will be made available on Portal. All other texts will be available at the Bob Miller Bookroom, 180 Bloor St. W.


Method of Evaluation: TBA

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