CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: European: 1600-1800

Molière, The Misanthrope (tr.
Wilbur) or The Middle-class Gentlemen

Racine, Phaedra (tr. Lowell)

Voltaire, Candide

Laclos, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Penguin)

Diderot, Rameau's Nephew

Schiller, Maria Stuart; "On the Aesthetic Education of Man"

Goethe, Faust, Part One

Pushkin, Eugene Onegin, Cantos 1 and 2 (tr. Walter Arndt)

Holderlin, Hugo, Heine, Selections

Corneille, Le Cid

Mme. de La Fayette, The Princess of Cleves

Kleist, The Prince of Homburg

Buchner, Danton's Death or Woyzeck

Beaumarchais, Figaro's Marriage