Restoration and 18th-Century British Literature


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


Joseph Addison and Richard Steele. Selections from The Spectator Papers 

Aphra Behn. Oroonoko 

James Boswell. Selections from The Life of Johnson 

Edmund Burke. Philosophical Enquiry into the Origin of Our Ideas of the Sublime and Beautiful 

Daniel Defoe. Robinson Crusoe or Moll Flanders 

Olaudah Equiano. The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano 

Henry Fielding. Shamela, Joseph Andrews 

David Hume. An Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding: Section X, Parts I-II (“Of Miracles”) 

Samuel Johnson. Rasselas, Selections from The Rambler 

John Locke. An Essay Concerning Humane Understanding: Book II, Chapter I (“Of Ideas in general, and their Original”); Book IV, Chapter XIX (“Of Enthusiasm”

Samuel Pepys. Selections from The Diary 

Ann Radcliffe. The Mysteries of Udolpho 

Samuel Richardson. Pamela 

Laurence Sterne. Tristram Shandy 

Jonathan Swift . “A Modest Proposal,” Gulliver’s Travels 

Horace Walpole. The Castle of Otranto 

Mary Wollstonecraft. A Vindication of the Rights of Woman: Chapter 2; Chapter 9; Chapter 13, Section 6 


Aphra Behn. “The Disappointment” 

Samuel Butler. Hudibras: Book I, Canto I 

John Dryden. “MacFlecknoe,” Absalom and Achitophel 

Oliver Goldsmith. “The Deserted Village” 

Thomas Gray. “Elegy Written in a Country Church-Yard” 

Samuel Johnson. “The Vanity of Human Wishes,”“London” 

Bernard Mandeville. “The Grumbling Hive; or, Knaves Turned Honest” (from The Fable of the Bees: Or, Private Vices, Publick Benefits

Alexander Pope. “An Essay on Criticism”; “The Rape of the Lock”; An Essay on Man: “Epistle I”; The Dunciad: “Book the First” 

Jonathan Swift , “A Description of the Morning,”“A Description of a City Shower,” “Cassinus and Peter,” “Verses on the Death of Dr. Swift” 

John Wilmot, Second Earl of Rochester. “A Satyr Against Mankind” 


Any Restoration Comedy. Suggested: William Congreve, The Way of the World; George Etherege, The Man of Mode; William Wycherley, The Country Wife 

John Gay. The Beggar’s Opera 

Oliver Goldsmith. She Stoops to Conquer 

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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