This course covers the English novel at one of the most brilliant moments of its history. We will read four classic examples from this period, including Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and Great Expectations. Students should develop a detailed critical knowledge of these texts through close reading, along with some understanding of their place in the broader development of the novel, and a picture of the social and cultural background. The emphasis will be on mastery of the material for appreciation and enjoyment. The reading load is fairly substantial--plan on about 200 pages per week--and you won't be able to do well in the course at all unless you are reading carefully and keeping up, both. On the cheerier side, this is great reading. Lecture/discussion format, with short papers, quizzes, two exams, group work. I'm happy to answer questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).