Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG324Y1Y L5101

ENG324Y1Y   L5101   T6-9
Fiction, 1832-1900 
Instructor: 
Prof. A. Jaffe 
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 910
Email: a.jaffe@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course: The novels of the Victorian period invite discussion of an enormous range of issues, including the relation between urban and rural life; domestic ideology and the family; the representation of sexuality; the value of labor and the rise of the professional author, and the relationship between character and identity. We will read and discuss these and other topics in relation to various kinds of novels, including the Bildungsroman, the realist novel, the industrial novel, sensation fiction and detective fiction.

Required Reading: Reading list subject to change before classes begin; please check the U of T bookstore. Tentative list: Bronte, Jane Eyre; Dickens, Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol; Gaskell, Mary Barton; Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret; Eliot, Silas Marner and The Mill on the Floss; Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge; Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Stoker, Dracula.

First Three Authors/Texts: Dickens, Oliver Twist; Brontë, Jane Eyre; Gaskell, Mary Barton.

Method of Evaluation: Midterm; term tests; two essays; group presentation; class participation.

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