Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG482H1F  L0101   T1-3
The Novel and Everyday Life
Professor Audrey Jaffe

Brief 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.

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