CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: European: 1945 to present

Camus, The Plague or The Stranger, "The Myth of
Sisyphus"

Sartre, No Exit and Other Plays (Vintage), "Black Orpheus"

Borges, Labyrinths or Ficciones

Neruda, Selected Poetry

Beckett, Waiting for Godot and Endgame

Genêt, The Blacks

Handke, Kaspar

Nabokov, Lolita

Singer, The Family Moskat

Grass, The Tin Drum

Kundera, The Unbearable Lightness of Being

Brodsky, Selected Poems

Havel, The Memorandum of Largo Desolato

Fuentes, The Old Gringo

Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude

Rushdie, Midnight's Children

Selected Poetry of Cavafy

Appelfeld, Badenhelm 1939 or The
Age of Wonders

Primo Levi, The Periodic Table