CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

British Literature: Nineteenth Century

  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