Early and Middle English Literature

GRADUATE COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION READING LIST SELECTED BY THE GRADUATE FACULTY* 

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The degree candidate is responsible for having read all of the following works:

WORKS IN TRANSLATION FROM THE OLD ENGLISH: 

“The Battle of Maldon” (transl. S.A.J. Bradley) 

Beowulf (transl. Roy Liuzza) 

“Dream of the Rood” (transl. S.A.J. Bradley) 

“The Ruin” (transl. S.A.J. Bradley) 

“The Seafarer” (transl. S.A.J. Bradley) 

“The Wanderer” (transl. S.A.J. Bradley) 

“The Wife’s Lament” (transl. S.A.J. Bradley) 

 

WORKS IN MIDDLE ENGLISH: 

Geoffrey Chaucer. Book of the Duchess; Canterbury Tales; House of Fame; Troilus and Criseyde 

Everyman 

John Gower. Confessio Amantis

The Harley Lyrics 

William Langland. Piers Plowman (B Text)

Thomas Malory. Morte D’Arthur 

Pearl

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 

Sir Orfeo 

The Wakefield Master. The Second Shepherd’s Play; Noah and His Sons 

One Middle English Romance. (Suggested: King Horn, Havelok the Dane, Athelston, or The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnell

WORKS IN TRANSLATION FROM THE OLD FRENCH: 

Chretien de Troyes. Erec and Enide; Lancelot, or The Knight of the Cart; The Story of the Grail; Yvain, or The Knight of the Lion 

Marie de France. Selections from The Lais: “Prologue,”“Guigemar,”“Lanval,”“Bisclavret,”“Eliduc” 

Song of Roland 

A candidate may also submit a list of readings to supplement, but not replace, the readings from the core 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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