Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG325H1S L0101

ENG325H1S   L0101   MWF2
Victorian Realist Novels
Instructor: E. Gurman
Office Location: Jackman Humanities Building, Room TBA

Brief Description of Course: In this course, we will explore the significance of Victorian realism. We will ask what it means for a work of art to aspire to represent the “real” and consider how the realist novel has influenced our contemporary understandings of storytelling, human nature, and the potential social impact of art. While we will be interested in making connections to our own time, the bulk of the course will focus on placing Victorian realist novels within their historical context, as we look at how these novels represented and intervened in the social issues of the nineteenth century, including the rise of industrialization, the plight of the working class, and the Woman Question.

Required Reading: Reading list subject to change before classes begin: George Eliot, Adam Bede; Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton; Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol; Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall; Amy Levy, The Romance of a Shop; Thomas Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge.

First Three Authors/Texts: TBA.

Method of Evaluation: TBA.

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