B.A. Reading List 4

The following list will serve for the English Majors' B. A. Comprehensive Exam administered for the four academic years 2007-2008, 2008-2009, 2009-2010, 2010-2011. If you plan to take the exam after the academic year 2010-2011, you need a newer list which will be available from the English Department in Fall 2009.

  • Beowulf
  • Chaucer, General Prologue and Knight's Tale Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale
  • Gawain and The Green Knight
  • Jonson, Bartholomew Fair
  • Sidney, "Apology for Poetry"
  • Shakespeare, Sonnet 54 "O how much more doth beauty beauteous seem"
  • Shakespeare, Twelfth Night
  • Donne, "Batter My Heart, Three-Personed God"
  • Herbert, "Jordon (II)"
  • Milton, Paradise Lost, Bks IV and IX
  • Behn, Oroonoko
  • Gay, The Beggar's Opera
  • Swift, Gulliver's Travels
  • Pope, "Rape of the Lock"
  • Gray, "Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard"
  • Fielding, Joseph Andrews
  • Blake, "The Lamb" & "The Tyger"
  • Wordsworth, "Intimations Ode"
  • Coleridge, "The Rime of the Ancient Mariner"
  • Byron, "Manfred"
  • Shelley, "Ode to the West Wind"
  • Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn"
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Eliot, The Mill on the Floss
  • Tennyson, "The Lady of Shalott"
  • Browning, "Fra Lippo Lippi"
  • Dickens, Great Expectations
  • Rossetti, "Goblin Market"
  • E.B. Browning, Aurora Leigh, Book I
  • Hardy, The Return of the Native
  • Hopkins, "God's Grandeur"
  • Yeats, "The Second Coming"
  • Joyce, "The Dead"
  • Lawrence, "The Horse Dealer's Daughter"
  • Mansfield, "Bliss"
  • Woolf, A Room of One's Own
  • Thomas, "The Force that through the Green Fuse Drives the Flower"
  • Taylor, "Upon a Wasp, Chilled with Cold"
  • Poe, "Fall of the House of Usher"
  • Irving, "Rip Van Winkle"
  • Douglass, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
  • Hawthorne, "Rappacinni's Daughter"
  • Melville, "Benito Cereno"
  • Whitman, "When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloom'd"
  • Dickinson, "My Life Had Stood a LoadedGun" #754
  • Twain, Huckleberry Finn
  • Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
  • Wharton, The House of Mirth
  • Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
  • Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • Faulkner, "Barn Burning"
  • Frost, "Design"
  • Eliot, The Waste Land
  • Hughes, "Theme for English B"
  • Stevens, "Idea of Order at Key West"
  • Ellison, Invisible Man
  • Rich, "Diving into the Wreck"
  • Williams, A Streetcar Named Desire
  • Erdrich, Love Medicine
  • Morrison, Beloved
  • *Gilbert & Gubar, "Angels and Monsters" from Madwoman in the Attic
  • *Said, excerpts from Orientalism

    *These two texts are available in hard copy from Linda McDonald in Robinson 216. Phone: 323-6672
    email: mcdonaldl@gu.gonzaga.edu

B.A. Comprehensive Exam
Dr. Ann Ciasullo
Program Director
502 E. Boone Avenue
Spokane, WA 99258
Email: ciasullo@gonzaga.edu