Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG325H1F L0101

ENG325H1F   L0101   MWF2
Victorian Realist Novels
Instructor: Prof. H. Li
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room 923

Brief Description of Course: We will read six Victorian novels and focus on how each novelist approaches the question of realism, in terms of its conceptual, generic/formal and historical significance. Topics of discussion may include: realism and the romantic legacy; the language of discovery; affect and the everyday; subjectivity and truth claims; reality, fantasy, and monstrosity.

Required Reading: Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847); William Makepeace Thackeray, Vanity Fair (1847-8); George Eliot, The Mill on the Floss (1860); Charles Dickens, Great Expectations (1860-1);
Wilkie Collins, The Moonstone (1868); Thomas Hardy, Jude the Obscure (1895).

First Three Authors/Texts: Wuthering Heights, Vanity Fair, The Mill on the Floss.

Method of Evaluation: Two essays, presentation, test, participation.

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