MA Comp Exam 2014-15 Reading List

British and American Literature

  1. Beowulf  (Heaney translation)
  2. Everyman
  3. Gawain and the Green Knight
  4. Geoffrey Chaucer.  General prologue to The Canterbury Tales, “The Wife of Bath’s Tale,” “The Pardoner’s Tale,” “The Franklin's Tale”
  5. William Shakespeare.  King Lear, Richard III
  6. John Donne.  “Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God,” “The Canonization,” “The Flea”
  7. John Milton.  Samson Agonistes
  8. Aphra Behn.  Oroonoko
  9. Anne Bradstreet.  “The Author to Her Book,” “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” “A Letter to Her Husband, Absent Upon Public Employment,” “Upon the Burning of Our House July 10th, 1666”
  10. Alexander Pope.  TheRape of the Lock
  11. Jonathan Swift.  Gulliver’s Travels, parts 1-2
  12. Jane Austen.  Persuasion
  13. William Wordsworth.  “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” “Tintern Abbey”
  14. John Keats.  “To Autumn,” “La Belle Dame Sans Merci,” “On Seeing the Elgin Marbles.”
  15. Charlotte Brontë.   Jane Eyre
  16. Robert Browning.  “My Last Duchess,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “An Epistle…of Karshish, the Arab Physician”
  17. Charles Dickens.  Great Expectations
  18. Gerard Manley Hopkins.  “The Windhover,” “God’s Grandeur,” “Binsey Poplars.”
  19. Rebecca Harding Davis.  Life in the Iron Mills
  20. Nathaniel Hawthorne.  The House of the Seven Gables
  21. Herman Melville.  “Benito Cereno,” “Bartleby, The Scrivener”
  22. Harriet Jacobs.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl.
  23. Christina Rossetti. Goblin Market
  24. Henry David Thoreau.  Walden
  25. Walt Whitman.  “Song of Myself”
  26. Emily Dickinson.  Poems 258 (“There's a certain Slant of light”), 435 (“Much Madness is Divinest Sense”), 449 (“I died for beauty, but was scarce”), 712 (“Because I could not stop for Death”), 754 (“My Life had stood—a Loaded Gun”), 1732 (“My life closed twice before its close”)
  27. Joseph Conrad.  The Secret Agent
  28. Stephen Crane.  “The Blue Hotel,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky”
  29. Edith Wharton.  The House of Mirth
  30. T. S. Eliot.  The Waste Land, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
  31. James Joyce.  “The Dead,” “Araby”
  32. Virginia Woolf.  To the Lighthouse, “A Room of One’s Own”
  33. William Faulkner.  “The Bear”
  34. William Butler Yeats.  “Sailing to Byzantium,” “The Second Coming,” “Byzantium,” “The Circus Animals’ Desertion”
  35. William Carlos Williams.  “The Young Housewife,” “This Is Just to Say,” “The Red Wheelbarrow,” “Spring and All”
  36. Langston Hughes“I, Too,” “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)”
  37. Tom Stoppard. Arcadia
  38. Zora Neale Hurston.  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  39. Flannery O’Connor.  “Good Country People,” “The Artificial Nigger”
  40. Adrienne Rich.  “Diving into the Wreck,” “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
  41. Jean Rhys.  Wide Sargasso Sea
  42. Iris Murdoch.  A Severed Head
  43. Eugene O’Neill. Long Day’s Journey into Night
  44. Leslie Marmon Silko. Ceremony
  45. Toni Morrison.  Beloved
  46. Brian Friel.  Dancing at Lughnasa


World Literature

  1. Job, Song of Songs (King James Bible)
  2. Euripides. Medea
  3. Christine de Pizan. The Book of the City of Ladies
  4. François Voltaire.  Candide
  5. Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Notes from the Underground
  6. Thomas Mann.  Death in Venice
  7. Henrik Ibsen.  A Doll's House
  8. Gabriel García Márquez.  “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” “The Handsomest Drowned Man in the World”
  9. Wole Soyinka. Death and the King’s Horseman
  10. Milan Kundera.  The Farewell Waltz
  11. Janet Frame.  Living in the Maniototo
  12. Salman Rushdie.  Midnight's Children
  13. Lloyd Jones.  Mister Pip

Literary Theory*

  1. Roland Barthes.  “The Death of the Author”
  2. Hélène Cixous.  “The Laugh of the Medusa”
  3. Miklail Bakhtin.  “Heteroglossia in the Novel from Discourse in the Novel”
  4. Gilbert & Gubar.  “Infection in the Sentence: The Woman Writer and the Anxiety of Authorship”
  5. Edward Said.  Orientalism (excerpts)
  6. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.  Between Men (excerpts)
  7. Frederic Jameson. “The Political Unconscious”
  8. Janice Radway.  “The Act of Reading the Romance”
  9. Michel Foucault. The History of Sexuality Vol. 1
  10. Judith Butler. Gender Trouble Chapter 3




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