CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

American Literature: 1865-1914

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

  1. Cather, O’ Pioneers!

  2. Chesnutt, The House behind the Cedars

  3. Chopin, The Awakening

  4. Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Streets

  5. Dreiser, Sister Carrie

  6. Howells, A Hazard of New Fortunes

  7. James, The Bostonians, “The Art of Fiction”

  8. Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs

  9. Johnson, The Autobiography of an Ex-colored Man

  10. London, The Call of the Wild

  11. Norris, McTeague

  12. Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

  13. Wharton, The House of Mirth

  14. Selected short fiction:

    1. Freeman, “The Revolt of Mother,” “New England Nun”

    2. Cable, “Jean-ah Poquelin,” “Belles Demoiselles Plantation”

    3. Cahan, “Yekl: A Tale of the New York Ghetto”

    4. Far, “Miss Spring Fragrance,” “In the Land of the Free”

    5. Garland, “Up the Coolie,” “Under the Lion’s Paw”

    6. Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”

    7. Zitkala-Sa, “Impressions of an Indian Childhood”

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

The next time the comprehensive examination in this period is offered, the Part Two text will be

Chesnutt, The House Behind the Cedars