CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

British Literature: Twentieth Century

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

Conrad, Nostromo

Hardy, Selected Poems

Lawrence, Women in Love

Shaw, Major Barbara

Joyce, Ulysses


Auden* and Thomas*

Orwell, 1984 and Animal Farm

Forster, Passage to India

Larkin*, Heaney*, and Gunn*

Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway

Murdoch, The Bell

Huxley, Point Counter Point

Beckett, Waiting for Godot and Endgame

Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Orton, Loot

* all selections in the most recent edition of the Norton Anthology of English Literature

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

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

Forster, Passage to India