CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

British Literature: Renaissance

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

Christian Practice and Traditions

The King James Bible (selections)

Foxe, Acts and Monuments (selections)


[Anonymous], Arden of Faversham

Shakespeare, The Tempest

Middleton and Dekker, The Roaring Girl

Webster, The Duchess of Malfi


More, Utopia

Sidney, The Defense of Poesy

Hakluyt, The Principall Navigations (selections)

Bacon, Essays (1625)

Cavendish, A Description of the New World Called the Blazing World


Sidney, Astrophil and Stella

Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Books 1, 3, and the Mutabilitie Cantos

Lanyer, Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum

Jonson, (selections)

Donne, (selections)

Milton, Paradise Lost

English Civil War/Revolution

Winstanley, The True Levellers Standard Advanced

Trapnel, Anna Trapnel’s Report and Plea

Hobbes, Leviathan (selections)

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

The next time the exam is given the text for Part 2 will be Twelfth Night.