CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

British Literature: Nineteenth Century

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

  1. Anna Leticia Barbauld, “The Mouse’s Petition,” “Epistle to William Wilberforce, Esq. on the Rejection of the Bill for Abolishing the Slave Trade,” “Inscription for an Ice House,” “To Dr. Priestley, Dec. 29, 1792,” “To the Poor,” “Washing-Day,” Eighteen Hundred and Eleven, A Poem

  2. William Godwin, Caleb Williams

  3. William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798); Wordsworth, “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads, “Michael,” “Resolution and Independence,” “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” “Ode to Duty”; Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1817 with marginal notes in prose), “Christabel”

  4. Jane Austen, Mansfield Park or Persuasion

  5. George Gordon, Lord Byron, Manfred and Don Juan, Cantos 1-2

  6. Percy Shelley and Keats—Shelley, Prometheus Unbound; Keats, Lamia, Isabella, The Eve of St. Agnes, and Other Poems (1820) (in Keats’s Poetry and Prose, ed. Jeffrey N. Cox)

  7. Mary Shelley, The Last Man

  8. John Stuart Mill, The Autobiography of John Stuart Mill

  9. Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam, “The Lady of  Shalott,” “Mariana,” “Ulysses,” “The Lotus Eaters,” “Charge of the Light Brigade,” “Morte d’Arthur,”  “St. Agnes Eve,” “Maud”

  10. Elizabeth Gaskell, North and South

  11. Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning,  “The Lost Leader,”  “A Grammarian’s Funeral,” “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,”  “Caliban on Setebos,” “Meeting at Night,” “Parting at Morning,” “Two in the Campagna,” “A Death in the Desert,” “Sonnets from the Portuguese,” “The Cry of the Children”

  12. Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist or Hard Times

  13. Emily Bronte, Wuthering Heights

  14. George Eliot, Daniel Deronda or Felix Holt

  15. Matthew Arnold, Culture and Anarchy,  “Dover Beach,” “The Scholar-Gipsy,”  “Thyrsis,” “The Buried Life,” “Empedocles on Aetna,” “Preface” [to the 1853 volume of poems]

  16. Dante Gabriel and Christina Rossetti, [DR] “Jenny,”  The House of Life,  [CR] Monna Innominata: A Sonnet of Sonnets, “The Convent Threshold,” “Uphill,” “Goblin Market,” “In an Artist’s Studio”

  17. Walter Pater, The Renaissance: Studies in Art and Poetry

  18. William Morris, News from Nowhere

  19. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray and Salome

  20. Arthur Conan Doyle, The Sign of Four or The Hound of the Baskervilles

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

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

William Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Lyrical Ballads (1798); Wordsworth, “Preface” to Lyrical Ballads, “Michael,” “Resolution and Independence,” “Ode: Intimations of Immortality,” “Ode to Duty”; Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1817 with marginal notes in prose), “Christabel”