CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

World Literature: European: 1800-1900

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

Balzac, Pere Goriot, "Preface" to The Human Comedy

Gogol, Dead Souls, Part I

Flaubert, Madame Bovary

Stendahl, The Red and the Black

Maupassant, selected short stories

Strindberg, Miss Julie

Turgenev, Fathers and Sons

Baudelaire, Mallarme, Rimbaud

Notes from the Underground and Crime and Punishment or The Brothers Karamazov,>

Tolstoy, Anna Karenina

Zola, Germinal

Ibsen, The Master Builder or Ghosts

Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard, selected short stories, including "The Kiss," "Gooseberries," and "The Lady with the Pet Dog"

Machado de Assis, Epitaph of a Small Winner

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

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

Stendahl, The Red and the Black