This course provides an introduction to the 19th Century Novel. We will be reading some of the major fictional works of the period, getting a sense of their differing themes and styles. We will be reading big books--there is no way around it in a Victorian novel course--but these are books that thrilled their original readers, and have been read ever since by fans of these wide-ranging and socially-conscious fictions. Novels we will read may include Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Charles Dickens' Bleak House, George Eliot's Daniel Deronda, Elizabeth Gaskell's North and South, and Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Requirements for the course: several papers, class participation, a midterm, and a final.