CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: European: 1900-1945

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