Standardized Reading List

Reading List for the 2013-14 MA Comprehensive Exams

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, Measure for Measure
6. John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi
7. John Donne. “Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God,” “The Canonization,” “The Flea”
8. Andrew Marvell. “To His Coy Mistress,” “The Mower Against Gardens,” “The Garden”
9. John Milton. Paradise Lost, bks. 1, 4, 9
10. George Herbert. “The Collar,” “The Pulley”
11. Aphra Behn. Oroonoko
12. 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”
13. Alexander Pope. The Rape of the Lock
14. Jonathan Swift. Gulliver’s Travels, pts. 1-2
15. Royall Tyler. The Contrast
16. Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice
17. Samuel Coleridge. “Frost at Midnight”
18. William Wordsworth. “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” “Resolution and
19. John Keats. “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “To Autumn”
20. Mary Shelley. Frankenstein
21. Percy Bysshe Shelley. “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” “Ozymandias”
22. Charlotte Brontë. Jane Eyre
23. Robert Browning. “My Last Duchess,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “An Epistle…of Karshish,
      the Arab Physician”
24. Elizabeth Barrett Browning. “A Musical Instrument”
25. Charles Dickens. Great Expectations
26. George Eliot. The Mill on the Floss
27. Gerard Manley Hopkins. “The Windhover,” [Carrion Comfort], [No Worst, There is
28. Rebecca Harding Davis. Life in the Iron-Mills
29. Nathaniel Hawthorne. “Young Goodman Brown,” “The Birth Mark”
30. Herman Melville. Moby-Dick
31. Ralph Waldo Emerson. “Self-Reliance,” “The Poet”
32. Edgar Allan Poe. “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Purloined Letter”
33. Walt Whitman. “Song of Myself”
34. 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”)
35. Frederick Douglass. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
36. Joseph Conrad. Heart of Darkness
37. Stephen Crane. “The Blue Hotel,” “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky”
38. Edith Wharton. The House of Mirth
39. T. S. Eliot. The Waste Land, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”
40. James Joyce. “The Dead”
41. Virginia Woolf. To the Lighthouse, “A Room of One’s Own”
42. Ernest Hemingway. In Our Time
43. William Faulkner. The Sound and the Fury
44. Katherine Anne Porter. “Rope,” “Flowering Judas,” “The Jilting of Granny Weatherall”
45. William Butler Yeats. “Sailing to Byzantium,” “The Second Coming,” “Byzantium,”
      “The Circus Animals’ Desertion”
46. Wallace Stevens. “The Idea of Order at Key West,” “Sunday Morning,” “The Emperor
of Ice-Cream”
47. William Carlos Williams. “The Young Housewife,” “This Is Just to Say,” “The Red
      Wheelbarrow,” “Spring and All”
48. Langston Hughes. “I, Too,” “The Negro Speaks of Rivers,” “Harlem (A Dream
49. Harold Pinter. The Birthday Party
50. Zora Neale Hurston. Their Eyes Were Watching God
51. Flannery O’Connor. “Good Country People,” “A Good Man Is Hard to Find”
52. Adrienne Rich. “Diving into the Wreck,” “Aunt Jennifer’s Tigers”
53. Graham Greene. The Heart of the Matter
54. Iris Murdoch. A Severed Head
55. Don DeLillo. White Noise
56. Leslie Marmon Silko. Ceremony
57. Toni Morrison. Beloved
58. Art Spiegelman. Maus

World Literature

59. Job, Ecclesiastes, Jonah (King James Bible)
60. Sophocles. Oedipus Rex
61. François Voltaire. Candide
62. Fyodor Dostoevsky. Crime and Punishment
63. Henrik Ibsen. A Doll's House
64. Franz Kafka. “The Metamorphosis”
65. Gabriel García Márquez. “A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings,” “The Handsomest
      Drowned Man in the World”
66. Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart
67. Milan Kundera. The Unbearable Lightness of Being
68. Janet Frame. Living in the Maniototo
69. Salman Rushdie. Midnight's Children
70. Margaret Atwood. Alias Grace

Literary Theory*

71. Roland Barthes. “The Structuralist Activity”
72. Jacques Derrida. “Structure, Sign, and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”
73. Jonathan Culler. “Literary Competence”
74. Hélène Cixous. “The Laugh of the Medusa”
75. Stanley Fish. “Literature in the Reader: Affective Stylistics”
76. Annette Kolodny. “Dancing Through the Minefield: Some Observations on the Theory,
      Practice, and Politics of a Feminist Literary Criticism”
77. Edward Said. Orientalism (excerpts)
78. Robert Scholes. “The Text in the Class · I” (from Textual Power)
79. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick. Between Men (excerpts)
80. Terry Eagleton. “The Politics of Amnesia” (from After Theory)


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