CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

Overview of Comprehensive Examination

Period Reading Lists

Part II Primary Text(s)

World Literature: Third World/Post-colonial: Classical (up to 1660)

St. Augustine of Hippo, The Confessions

Cao Xuequin, The Dream of the Red Chamber (Indiana/Hawkes)

Coffin, Tristam, ed., Indian Tales of North America (Univ. of Texas Press)

The Mahabharata (beginning and the "Bhagavadgita") or selections from Valmiki's The Ramayana

Kalidasa, Shakuntala

Omar Khayyam, The Rubaiyat (tr. Edward Fitzgerald)

Rig Vedas (selections)

Gbadamasi, Babare, and Ulli Beler, ed., Not Even God is Ripe Enough (Heinemann)

Cronise, Florence M. and Henry Y. Ward, Cunnie Rabbit, Mr. Spider and other Beef: West African Folk Tales (Metro Books)

The Koran (selections)

The Arabian Nights Tales in Arabian Literature, ed. Epiphanius Wilson (Telegraph Books)

Eduardo Galeano, Genesis from the trilogy Memory of Fire