MA Comp Exam--American Literature: 1865-1914

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

  1. Alcott, Work
  2. Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman
  3. Chopin, The Awakening
  4. Crane, Maggie: A Girl of the Street
  5. Dickinson, selected poems*
  6. Dreiser, Sister Carrie   
  7. DuBois, Souls of Black Folk
  8. Howells, Rise of Silas Lapham
  9. James, The Bostonians, “Aspern Papers”
  10. Jewett, The Country of the Pointed Firs
  11. Norris, McTeague
  12. Twain, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  13. Wharton, The House of Mirth
  14. Selected short fiction:
    1. Cahan, “Yekl:  A Tale of the New York Ghetto”
    2. Far, “Miss Spring Fragrance,” “In the Land of the Free”
    3. Garland, “Up the Coolie,” “Under the Lion’s Paw”
    4. Gilman, “The Yellow Wallpaper”
    5. Zitkala-Sa, “Impressions of an Indian Childhood,” “The School Days of an Indian Girl"

Upcoming Texts for Part Two Exam

  1. Norris, McTeague
  2. James, The Bostonians
  3. Chesnutt, The Conjure Woman
  4. Howells, The Rise of Silas Lapham
  5. Alcott, Work
  6. DuBois, The Souls of Black Folk

* Dickinson poems (numbers refer to Thomas H. Johnson collection):

(130) These are the days when Birds come back

(165) A wounded Deer—leaps highest— 
(167) To learn the Transport by the Pain—
(185) “Faith” is a fine invention
(193) I shall know why—when Time is over—
(199) I’m “wife” —I’ve finished that— 
(216) Safe in their Alabaster Chambers
(233) The Lamp burns sure—within— 
(249) Wild Nights—Wild Nights!
(258) There’s a certain Slant of light, 
(280) I felt a Funeral, in my Brain, 
(303) The Soul selects her own Society—
(305) The difference between Despair 
(314) Nature—sometimes sears a Sapling—
(324) Some keep the Sabbath going to Church—
(328) A Bird came down the Walk—
(341) After great pain, a formal feeling comes—
(398) I had not minded—Walls—
(406) Some – Work for Immortality 
(413) I never felt at Home—Below—
(414) ‘Twas like a Maelstrom, with a notch,
(435) Much Madness is divinest Sense—
(437) Prayer is the little implement 
(444) It feels a shame to be Alive— 
(448) This was a Poet—It is That
(461) A Wife—at Daybreak I shall be—
(465) I heard a Fly Buzz—when I died— 
(467) We do not play on Graves—
(490) To One denied to drink
(501) This World is not conclusion, 
(508) I’m ceded—I’ve stopped being Theirs
(510) It was not Death, for I stood up, 
(512) The Soul has Bandaged moments—
(520) I started Early—Took my Dog—
(536) The heart asks Pleasure—first—
(565) One Anguish—in a Crowd 
(569) I reckon—when I count at all— 
(585) I like to see it lap the Miles—
(613) They shut me up in Prose 
(632) The Brain–is wider than the Sky— 
(642) Me from Myself – to banish—
(657) I dwell in Possibility— 
(668) “Nature” is what We see—
(670) One need not be a Chamber—to be haunted— 
(709) Publication—is the Auction 
(712) Because I could not stop for Death— 
(732) She rose to His Requirement—dropt— 
(754) My Life had stood—a loaded Gun—
(880) The Bird must sing to earn the Crumb
(952) A Man may make a Remark— 
(986) A narrow Fellow in the Grass 
(1017) To die—without the Dying            
(1072) Title divine—is mine!
(1100) The last Night that She lived 
(1129) Tell all the Truth but tell it slant—
(1540) As imperceptibly as Grief
(1545) The bible is an antique Volume—
(1551) Those—dying then,