ENG379H1F L5101 M6-9
Victorian Realist Novel
Professor Audrey Jaffe
Brief Description of Course: Why do some novels create a “reality effect” so powerful that we forget we are reading about imaginary persons and events? Why did nineteenth-century writers produce so much realist fiction, and why did readers want it? How do realist novels work? We will explore these and other questions via a series of key texts, theoretical as well as literary.
Required Reading: ): Penguin classics editions ordered from U of T Bookstore: Eliot, Adam Bede; Gaskell, Mary Barton; Dickens, Hard Times; Hardy, The Mayor of Casterbridge; Gissing, New Grub Street.
First Three Authors/Texts: Eliot; Gaskell; Dickens.
Method of Evaluation: Two essays (20%, 25%), term test (25%), group presentation (10%), attendance and active participation (10% each).