CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

World Literature: European: Middle Ages to 1600

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

Dante, Inferno

Boccaccio, The Decameron, selections (Penguin)

Petrarch, The Sonnets, selections (Croft Classics)

Machiavelli, The Prince

Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book I

Montaigne, Selected Essays

Cervantes, Don Quixote

Calderon de la Barca, Life is a Dream (Hill and Wang)

Tristan and Iseult

The Song of Roland (Penguin)

Lope de Vega, The Sheep Well

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

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

Dante, Inferno