CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

British Literature: Renaissance

Period Reading List for Part One Exam


Marlowe, The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

Shakespeare, Hamlet, Twelfth Night

Jonson, Volpone

Webster, The Duchess of Malfi


More, Utopia

Sidney, The Defense of Poesy

Bacon, Essays (1625)


Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Books 1, 3, and 6; Epithalamion

Sidney, Astrophil and Stella

Shakespeare, Sonnets

Donne, Poems (1633)

Lanyer, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum


Herbert, The Temple (1633)

Marvell, Poems (1681)

Milton, "Lycidas" and Paradise Lost

* all selections in the most recent edition of the Norton Anthology of English Literature

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

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

Shakespeare, Twelfth Night