Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG324Y1Y L5101

ENG324Y1Y   L5101   M6-9
Fiction 1832-1900 
Professor Audrey Jaffe
Office Location:
Jackman Humanities Building, Room 910

Brief Description of Course: “We have become a novel-reading people,” wrote Anthony Trollope in 1870. “Novels are in the hands of us all . . .We have them in our library, our drawing-rooms, our bed-rooms, our kitchens, -- and in our nurseries. . . Poetry also we read and history, biography and the social and political news of the day. But all our other reading put together hardly amounts to what we read in novels.” This course shows how the novels of Trollope’s own period—the period we will be studying—made us the voracious consumers of narrative we remain today. Topics for discussion include: the narrative construction of character/identity; the changing nature of labor and work; sexual ideologies and the family ideal; social class; colonialism; the effects of Darwinism; the origins of psychology; sensation and emotion. We will explore these and other issues in various kinds of novels, including the realist novel, the industrial novel, sensation fiction and detective fiction.

Required Reading: Dickens, Oliver Twist; A Christmas Carol; Our Mutual Friend; Bronte, Jane Eyre; Gaskell, Mary Barton; Eliot, Silas Marner; Braddon, Lady Audley’’s Secret; Collins, The Moonstone; Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles; Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray; Stoker, Dracula.

First Three Authors/Texts: Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre, Mary Barton.

Method of Evaluation: Two essays, term tests, group presentation, close reading exercise and class participation. 

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