CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

American Literature: 1914-present

  1. Cather, My
    Antonia

  2. Frost, Selected
    Poems

  3. Eliot, Selected
    Poems
    and “Tradition and the Individual Talent,
    “Hamlet,” and the “The Metaphysical Poets” from Selected
    Prose

  4. Pound, Stevens, Williams, Moore
    (selections from the Norton’s
    Anthology, volume D
    )

  5. O’Neill, Long
    Day’s Journey into Night
    and Williams, A
    Streetcar Named Desire

  6. Fitzgerald, The
    Great Gatsby

  7. Hemingway, The
    Sun Also Rises

  8. Faulkner, The
    Sound and the Fury

  9. Steinbeck, Grapes
    of Wrath

  10. Wright, Native
    Son

  11. Ellison, Invisible
    Man

  12. Lowell, Plath, and Rich (selections from
    the Norton’s
    Anthology, volume E
    )

  13. O’Connor, A
    Good Man Is Hard to Find and Other Stories

  14. Nabokov, “Terror,” “Terra
    Incognita,” “Spring in Fialta,” “Mademoiselle O,”
    “That in Aleppo Once,” “Cloud, Castle, Lake,” and
    “Scenes from the Life of a Double Monster” in The
    Stories of Vladimir Nabokov
    .

  15. Bellow, Herzog

  16. Morrison, Beloved
    and Playing in the Dark
    (essay)

  17. Pynchon, The
    Crying of Lot 49

  18. DeLillo, White
    Noise

  19. Lahiri, Interpreter
    of Maladies