ENG482H1S - L0101

Advanced Studies Seminar: The Bildungsroman - Narrative Constructions of Identity


Tuesday 12 pm - 2 pm


A. Jaffe

E-mail: a.jaffe@utoronto.ca

Brief Description of Course

The Bildunsgsroman is conventionally defined as a novel of development: it is, as this course's title declares, a narrative construction of identity. We will read novels considered classic examples of the genre as well as other possible candidates for membership in it from a variety of periods and contexts, re-evaluating its meaning and that of the concepts that have typically been used to define it ("narrative"; "development"; identity") with the assistance of relevant criticism and theory.

Required Reading(s)

  • Bronte, Jane Eyre
  • Dickens, Great Expectations
  • Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Barrie, Peter and Wendy
  • Other texts TBA

First Three Authors/Texts

As above.

Method of Evaluation

  • Active seminar participation
  • Collaborative group work
  • Seminar paper
  • Term test