Visual and Literary Cultures of Realism (EAS3181)

30 credits

‘Realism’ is a huge and encompassing term, both literary and visual. It is intimately connected to art and photography and other forms of visual representation. In the long nineteenth century, realism reigned supreme. Then, as now, realism aims to reveal certain truths. Even sensation or gothic fiction, or magic realism, reveals hidden truths about lived experience, psychology, desire and emotion, amongst other things. As we will see, realism was then, and is today, grounded in knowledge about the body and mind, as revealed through anatomy, physiology, psychology and criminology. Realism encourages us to excavate the social and political structures, economics and cultural realities of our world.