CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

World Literature: European: 1900-1945

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

Mann, Buddenbrooks

Proust, Swann's Way

Kafka, Selected Stories

Rilke, Selected Poetry (Oxford)

Brecht, Galileo or Mother Courage

Gide, The Counterfeiters

Malraux, Man's Fate

Babel, Selected Stories

Selected Poems of Akhmatova, Mandelshtam, Pasternak, and Tsvetayeva

Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author

Lorca, The House of Bernardo Alba

Breton, "What is Surrealism?"

Colette, Chéri and The Last of Chéri

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

The next time the comprehensive examination in this period is offered, the Part Two text will be

Proust, Swann's Way