CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

British Literature: Restoration and Eighteenth Century

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

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 Literature

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

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

Defoe, Moll Flanders