Thomas Pavel, The Lives of the Novel (Princeton University Press).
Guido Mazzoni, Theory of the Novel, Harvard University Press.
One novel chosen among Mme de Lafayette, Princesse de Clèves, S. Richardson, Pamela or H. Fielding, Tom Jones.
One novel chosen among J.Austen, Pride and Prejudice, H. de Balzac, Père Goriot, Stendhal, Le Rouge et le Noir.
One novel chosen among G. Flaubert, L'Éducation sentimentale, G. Eliot, Middlemarch, L. Tolstoy, Anna Karenina.
The novels can be read in any translation whatsoever.