1. Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature - Erich Auerbach, American Council of Learned Societies 2003 (electronic resource)

    Book Required

  2. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe, Thomas Keymer, James William Kelly 2008], 2007 (electronic resource)

    Book Required

  3. Scenes of Clerical Life - George Eliot, Thomas A. Noble, Josie Billington 2015

    Book Required

  4. Scenes of clerical life - George Eliot, Jennifer Gribble 1998

    Book Required

  5. Go, went, gone - Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky 2017

    Book Required

  6. Capitalist realism: is there no alternative? - Mark Fisher 2009 (electronic resource)

    Book Required

  7. The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable - Amitav Ghosh 2016 (electronic resource)

    Book Required Read pages 1-85

  8. Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor 2017

    Book Required

  9. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

    Book Required

  10. The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare

    Book Required

  11. Week 1: Introduction 1 item
    1. Adventures in realism - Matthew Beaumont, Matthew Beaumont 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Required

  12. Week 2: Auerbach's Mimesis and the Western Tradition 2 items
    1. Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature - Erich Auerbach, American Council of Learned Societies 2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read: Introduction; Chapter 1 “Odysseus’ Scar” 3-23; and Chapter 8 “Farinata and Cavalcante” 174-202.

    2. Scenes from the drama of European literature: six essays - Erich Auerbach, Paolo Valesio 1984 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read ‘Figura’ pp.11-78

  13. Week 3: Character, Mimesis, and Circumstantial Evidence 2 items
    1. Much Ado About Nothing - William Shakespeare

      Book Required

    2. The invention of suspicion: law and mimesis in Shakespeare and Renaissance drama - Lorna Hutson 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read Chapter 3: Judicial Narrative and Dramatic Mimesis

  14. Week 4: Character, Mimesis, and Ethical Choice 2 items
    1. The Winter's Tale - William Shakespeare

      Book Required

    2. Shakespeare and the truth-teller: confronting the cynic ideal - David Hershinow 2019

      Book Required Read Chapter 2: the Realist Turn

  15. Week 6: The Rise of the Novel 5 items
    1. Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe, Thomas Keymer, James William Kelly 2008], 2007 (electronic resource)

      Book Required

    2. Factual fictions: the origins of the English novel - Lennard J. Davis 1983

      Book Required

  16. Week 7: Resisting the Rise of the Novel 5 items
    1. How novels think: the limits of British individualism from 1719-1900 - Nancy Armstrong c2005 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read Introduction: How Novels Think, pp.1-11 & 21-25.

    2. Enlightenment Orientalism: resisting the rise of the novel - Srinivas Aravamudan 2012 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read Introduction: Enlightenment Orientalism, pp.1-30

    3. Harm's way: tragic responsibility and the novel form - Sandra Macpherson 2010 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read Introduction: Injuring Love, pp.1-17

  17. Week 8: Serious Imitation of the Everyday 3 items
    1. Mimesis: the representation of reality in Western literature - Erich Auerbach, American Council of Learned Societies c2003 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read Chapter 18: In the Hotel de la Mole, pp.454-492.

    2. Human Comedy: Introductions and Appendix - Honoré de Balzac 1842; 1968

      Book Required Note this link is to a full set of introductions and appendixes to the text – be sure scroll down to see the 1842 Author’s Introduction (which is approx. 8 pages long)

  18. Week 9: Classic Realism: The Default Mode? 5 items
    1. Scenes of Clerical Life - George Eliot, Thomas A. Noble, Josie Billington 2015

      Book Required Read Section 'Janet's Repentance’.

    2. A Future for Criticism - Catherine Belsey 04/02/2011

      Book Required Read Chapter 4: Realism: Do we overrate it? pp.54-71

  19. Week 10: Capitalist Realism 4 items
    1. Capitalist realism: is there no alternative? - Mark Fisher 2009 (electronic resource)

      Book Required

    2. Reading capitalist realism - Alison Shonkwiler 2014

      Book Required

    3. K-punk: the collected and unpublished writings of Mark Fisher (2004-2016) - Mark Fisher, Darren Ambrose, Simon Reynolds 2018 (electronic resource)

      Book Required

  20. Week 12: Realism, Climate Change and the Anthropocene 4 items
    1. Reservoir 13 - Jon McGregor 2017

      Book Required

    2. The great derangement: climate change and the unthinkable - Amitav Ghosh 2016 (electronic resource)

      Book Required Read Part I. Stories, pp.1-84

    3. The Climate of History: Four Theses - Dipesh Chakrabarty 01/2009

      Article Required

  21. Week 13: Realism Now 1 item
    1. Go, went, gone - Jenny Erpenbeck, Susan Bernofsky 2017

      Book Required

  22. Past Central Exam Papers 1 item
    1. Past Central Exam Papers

      Webpage  Follow the link and search for past exam papers by course code.