CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: European: Middle Ages to 1600

Dante, Inferno

Boccaccio, The Decameron, selections (Penguin)

Petrarch, The Sonnets, selections (Croft Classics)

Machiavelli, The Prince

Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I

Montaigne, Selected Essays

Cervantes, Don Quixote

Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream (Hill and Wang)

Tristan and Iseult

The Song of Roland (Penguin)

Lope de Vega, The Sheep Well