CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: European: 1800-1900

Balzac, Père Goriot, "Preface"
to The Human Comedy

Gogol, Dead Souls, Part I

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Stendahl, The Red and the Black

Maupassant, selected short stories

Strindberg, Miss Julie

Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

Baudelaire, Mallarmé, Rimbaud

Dostoevsky, Notes from the Underground
and Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov

Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Zola, Germinal

Ibsen, The Master Builder or Ghosts

Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard, selected short stories,
including "The Kiss," "Gooseberries," and "The Lady with the Pet

Machado de Assis, Epitaph of a Small Winner