This course provides an introduction to novels written in Britain between the end of the 17th century and the present. We will consider the evolution of the novel as a literary form, and discuss ways in which this form has been used to mirror, explore, challenge, and construct social and political institutions such as marriage, education, sexuality, gender, empire, and the nation. We will pay particular attention to the novel's presentation of "desire" (broadly defined). Writers we will study are likely to include Aphra Behn (Oroonoko), Daniel Defoe (Moll Flanders), Horace Walpole (The Castle of Otranto), Jane Austen (Emma), Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights), Charles Dickens (A Christmas Carol), Henry James (The Turn of the Screw), Joseph Conrad (Lord Jim), James Joyce (Dubliners), Virginia Woolf (Mrs. Dalloway), and Jeanette Winterson (Oranges are not the Only Fruit). Requirements include two short papers, one longer research paper, and a comprehensive final examination. Students are also required to have and use an e-mail account.