Visual and Literary Cultures of Realism (EAS3181)

30 credits

We will explore ‘the real’. ‘Realism’ is a huge and encompassing term, used to describe all kinds of literature, art and photography. 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, are forms that aim to reveal hidden realities about lived experience, psychology, desire and emotion. As we will see, realisms are grounded in knowledge about the body and mind, as revealed through anatomy, physiology, psychology, criminology—and art and literature.