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

Pope*

Smollett, Humphrey Clinker

Sterne, Tristam Shandy

Goldsmith, The Vicar of Wakefield

Johnson*

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