CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

British Literature: Restoration and Eighteenth Century

Milton, Paradise Lost

Dryden, Absalom and Achitophel

Defoe, Moll Flanders

Swift, Gulliver's Travels

Fielding, Joseph Andrews


Smollett, Humphrey Clinker

Sterne, Tristam Shandy

Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield


Boswell, Life of Johnson (Penguin, abridged)

Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France

Sheridan, School for Scandal

Congreve, The Way of the World

Richardson, Pamela

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