WesMaps - Wesleyan University Catalog 2006-2007       Summer Session       Winter Session       Home       Archive       Search
Victorian Realism
ENGL 266
Spring 2007
Section: 01  

Victorian novels are often called "realistic." Reviewers applauded novelists for the lifelike fidelity of their representations of contemporary life, wherein the literate public discovered recognizable cityscapes and rural scenes, and familiar characters whose lives unfold in chronological sequence as they pursue their familiar occupations. Novels are sometimes compared to photographs, a new technology of visual representation that seemed to hold up a mirror to the world. Nonfictional writing declares itself to be realistic, too: writers commissioned by newspapers sent back reports on "London labor and the London poor" which in their elaborate investigative detail and evocation of character are not unlike novelistic fictions. In this course we will read Victorian novels, non-fictional essays, and 19th-century literary criticism to ask what makes a work "realistic" and will read recent theoretical and critical work on realism as well. Our project will be to study both the formal elements of realistic representation and the effects such representations have in the world.

Essential Capabilities: Writing
Credit: 1 Gen Ed Area Dept: HA ENGL
Course Format: DiscussionGrading Mode: Student Option
Level: UGRD Prerequisites: ENGL201
Fulfills a Major Requirement for: None
Past Enrollment Probability: Not Available

Last Updated on JUN-22-2024
Contact wesmaps@wesleyan.edu to submit comments or suggestions. Please include a url, course title, faculty name or other page reference in your email ? Wesleyan University, Middletown, Connecticut, 06459