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 Independence
and After (1947 to present)

Selected Poetry of Cavafy

Tutuola, The Palm Wine Drinkard

Achebe, Things Fall Apart, No Longer at Ease

Bessie Head, When Rainclouds Gather

Emecheta, The Joys of Motherhood

Walcott, selected poetry from Derek Walcott: Collected Poems,
1948-1984, Dream on Monkey Mountain

V. S. Naipaul, A House for Mr. Biswas, El Dorado

Harris, The Palace of the Peacock

Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks

Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Poetry of Alejo Carpentier, Cesar Vellejo, Pablo Neruda and
Amilcar Cabral

Fuentes, The Old Gringo

Eldritch, Love Medicine

Mishima, The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea

Rushdie, Midnight's Children