20th and 21st Century British Literature

GRADUATE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION READING LIST SELECTED BY THE GRADUATE FACULTY

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The candidate is responsible for all writers and works in List A, at least three writers from List B, and at least three writers from List C.

LIST A

POETRY:

W.H. Auden. Selected Poetry

T.S. Eliot. “The Hollow Men,”“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” The Waste Land

Thomas Hardy, Selected Poetry from Satires of Circumstances

Seamus Heaney. Selected Poetry

Ted Hughes. Selected Poetry

Philip Larkin. Selected Poetry

Dylan Thomas. Selected Poetry

William Butler Yeats. Selected Poems, including “The Second Coming”; “Leda and the Swan”; “Easter, 1916”; “When You Are Old”; “The Wild Swans at Coole,” “The Lake Isle of Innisfree,” “The Circus Animals’ Desertion,” “Sailing to Byzantium,” and “Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop”

Representative World War I Poets. Suggested: Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, Robert Graves

PROSE:

Kingsley Amis. Lucky Jim

Joseph Conrad. Any One of the Following: Heart of Darkness, Nostromo, The Secret Agent, Under Western Eyes

T.S. Eliot. “Tradition and the Individual Talent”

E.M. Forster. Howards End or A Passage to India

James Joyce. Dubliners and One of the Following: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or Ulysses

D.H. Lawrence. Selected Short Fiction and Any One of the Following: Sons and Lovers, The Rainbow, or Women in Love

Doris Lessing. The Golden Notebook or Any Other Novel

Katherine Mansfield, “At the Bay,” “Prelude,” “Je ne Parle pas Francais,” “The Daughters of the Late Colonel”

Iris Murdoch. Any One Novel

George Orwell. 1984 or Animal Farm

Ezra Pound. “The Imagist Manifesto”

Evelyn Waugh. Any One of the Following: Decline and Fall, A Handful of Dust, or Brideshead Revisited

Virginia Woolf. Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse, Selected Short Fiction to Include “Kew Gardens” and “Mark on the Wall”

DRAMA:

Samuel Beckett. Endgame, Waiting for Godot

T.S. Eliot. Murder in the Cathedral

George Bernard Shaw. Man and Superman, Major Barbara, or Any Other 20th-Century Play

Tom Stoppard. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead or Arcadia

John Synge. The Playboy of the Western World

LIST B

PROSE AND DRAMA (CHOOSE AT LEAST THREE FROM THE LIST THAT FOLLOWS):

Martin Amis. The Rachel Papers or Time’s Arrow

Julian Barnes. Flaubert’s Parrot

Samuel Beckett. Any Novel

Elizabeth Bowen. Selected Short Fiction or Any Novel

Anthony Burgess. A Clockwork Orange

A.S. Byatt. Possession or Angels and Insects

Roddy Doyle. The Barrytown Trilogy

Ford Madox Ford. The Good Soldier

John Fowles. The French Lieutenant’s Woman or Any Other Novel

John Galsworthy. The Silver Box or Justice

William Golding. The Lord of the Flies or Any Other Novel

Graham Greene. Any Novel

Aldous Huxley. Point Counterpoint or Brave New World

Kazuo Ishiguro. Remains of the Day

Hanif Kureishi. The Buddha of Suburbia or The Black Album

W. Somerset Maugham. Of Human Bondage or Any Other Novel

Ian McEwen. Atonement

Edna O’Brien. Any Novel or Selected Short Stories

Sean O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock or The Plough and the Stars

John Osborne. Look Back in Anger

Harold Pinter. The Dumb Waiter, The Collection, The Care Taker, or The Birthday Party

Jean Rhys. Wide Sargasso Sea

Dorothy Richardson. Pointed Roofs or Any Other Novel

Alan Sillitoe. The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner

Zadie Smith. White Teeth

William Trevor. Felicia’s Journey or The Story of Lucy Gault

Fay Weldon. Praxis or Any Other Novel

H.G. Wells. Tono-Bungay

Jeanette Winterson. Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, Written on the Body, or Any Other Novel

LIST C

POETRY (CHOOSE AT LEAST THREE FROM THE LIST THAT FOLLOWS):

Eavan Boland. Selected Poetry

Keith Douglas. Selected Poetry

A.E. Housman. Selected Poetry

Rudyard Kipling, Selected Poetry

D.H. Lawrence. Selected Poetry

Hugh MacDiarmid. Selected Poetry

Louis MacNeice. Selected Poetry

Thom Gunn. Selected Poetry

Geoffrey Hill. Selected Poetry

Paul Muldoon. Selected Poetry

Stevie Smith. Selected Poetry

Stephen Spender. Selected Poetry

Jon Stallworthy. Selected Poetry

 

A candidate may also submit a list of readings to supplement, but not replace, the readings from the core (“A”) list above. The supplementary list should be submitted for approval with the declaration of intent to take the comprehensive examination form. 

 


*Rev. 1 August 2014

 


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