This course will offer a broad survey of the novel, starting with the late seventeenth century and ending with the early twentieth century. We'll investigate the origins and development of the novel, including some of the major changes that the genre has undergone during its history. During the semester, we'll be looking at some of the major novels of the various periods and paying attention to stylistic and formal issues as well as to the historical circumstances that affected the writing of these books. Requirements for the course: regular attendance, active class participation, frequent short responses, three medium-length essays, and a final exam. Readings may include works by Defoe, Richardson, Burney, Austen, Dickens, Eliot, Hardy, and Woolf.