ENG482H1FENG482H1F L0101 T1-3
Eliot and StevensProfessor Audrey JaffeBrief Description of Course:
The everyday has long been the subject of a particular genre—the novel—for reasons we will explore in this class. We will consider “everyday” concerns such as time; labor; objects; money; food; clothing; the nature of the “trivial”; the performance and texture of social life; the way large and seemingly distant events bear on seemingly smaller and nearer ones; and the relation between the banal everyday and the horrible everyday—the transformation or reappearance of the ordinary as the stuff of nightmares..Required Reading:
On Quercus (under “Files”) you will find copies of the syllabus, pdfs, and handouts. Books ordered (from the U. of T. Bookstore): Highmore, ed., The Everyday Life Reader
; Austen, Emma
(Penguin Classics); Flaubert, Mme Bovary
(Penguin Classics) Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway
(Penguin Classics); Kafka, The Metamorphosis
(Modern Library); Baker, The Mezzanine
(Grove Press).First Three Authors/Texts:
Austen, Flaubert, Kafka.
Method of Instruction: Seminar.
Method of Evaluation: Two essays, weekly responses, group presentation and active participation, term test.