CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: Third World/Post-colonial: The Age of
Imperialism (1660-1947)

Lady Murasaki, The Tale of the Genji

Bowen, J. C., Ed., The Golden Pomegranate (selected poetry
of the Mogul State, State Mutual Book)

The Interesting Narrative of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa,
the African
, available as Equiano's Travels (Heinemann)

Parsons, Elsie, ed., Folklore of the Antilles, French and
(selections; Kraus Reprint)

Eduardo Galeano, Faces and Masks and Century of Wind from
the trilogy Memory of Fire

Peters, Jonathan A., A Dance of Masks: Senghor, Achebe, Soyinka
(Three Continents Press)

Jenner, W. J., ed. and tr., Modern Chinese Stories (Oxford)

Cesaire, Aime, Return to My Native Land in Aime Cesaire:
The Collected Poetry
, tr. Clayton Eschleman and Annette Smith
(Univ. of California Press)

Jose Enrique Rodo, Ariel

Rene Maran, Batouala

Tagore, Gitanjali