First Year Comprehensive Exam Reading List

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British Literature to 1660
Beowulf (c. 700-900)
Geoffrey Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (c. 1390), fragment 1 (General Prologue, Knight's Tale, Miller's Tale, Reeve's Tale, Cook's Tale fragment)
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (c. 1390)
The Second Shepherd's Play (c. 1500?)
Edmund Spenser, Faerie Queene, book 1 (1590)
Christopher Marlowe, Doctor Faustus (1592-93)
William Shakespeare, The Tempest (c. 1610)
Thomas More, Utopia (1516)
Philip Sidney, Astrophil and Stella (c. 1580)
John Donne, Songs and Sonnets (1590's)
British Literature, 1660-1890
John Milton, Paradise Lost (1667)
Aphra Behn, The Rover (Part I, 1677)
Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722)
Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man (1734)
Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto (1764)
Wordsworth and Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre (1847)
Alfred Lord Tennyson, In Memoriam A.H.H. (1850)
George Eliot, Mill on the Floss (1860)
American Literature before 1890
Mary Rowlandson, The Sovereignty and Goodness of God (1682)
Benjamin Franklin, Autobiography (1771-1790)
Charles Brockden Brown, Edgar Huntly (1799)
Herman Melville, "Benito Cereno” (1855)
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1852)
Walt Whitman, Leaves of Grass (1855 Edition)
Harriet Jacobs, Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl (1861)
Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (1885)
Charles Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman and Other Conjure Tales (1899)
Edith Wharton, The House of Mirth (1905)
British & American Literature, 1890-1960
James Joyce, The Dubliners  (1914)
Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises (1926)
Henry James, The Ambassadors (1903)
William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury (1929)
T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland (1922)
Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (1925)
Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot (1952)
Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
William Butler Yeats, Selected Poems and Four Plays of William Butler Yeats
Jean Toomer, Cane (1923)
Literatures in English after 1960
Elizabeth Bishop, Geography III (1976)
John Ashbery, Collected Poems, 1956- 1987 (Library of America, 2008)
Raymond  Carver,  Cathedral (1983)
Kazuo lshiguro, Remains of the Day (1989)
Tim O'Brien, The Things They Carried (1990)
Cormac McCarthy, Blood Meridian (1985)
Toni Morrison, Beloved (1987)
Don DeLillo, White Noise  (1985)
Tony Kushner, Angels in America (1993)
Zadie Smith, White Teeth (2000)
Non-traditional Literatures
Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (1981)
Ishmael Reed, Mumbo Jumbo (1972)
Maxine Hong Kingston, The Woman Warrior (1976)
Leslie Marmon Silko, Ceremony (1977)
Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart  (1958)
W.E.B. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk (1903)
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God (1937)
Junot Diaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (2008)
Louisa May Alcott, Little Women (1868/1869)
Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden (1911)