M.A. Reading List: British Literature


M.A. Reading List: British Literature





  1. Beowulf


  1. Geoffrey Chaucer:  The Canterbury Tales:  “General Prologue,” “Miller’s Tale,” “Pardoner’s Tale,” “Wife of Bath’s Tale”


  1. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight


  1. Everyman


  1. Sir Thomas Malory:  Morte Darthur (The Death of Arthur)


  1. Edmund Spenser:  The Faerie Queen, Book I; Book II, Canto 12; Book III, Canto 1


  1. Christopher Marlowe:  The Tragical History of the Life and Death of Dr. Faustus


  1. William Shakespeare:  Sonnets:  Midsummer Night’s Dream, Measure for Measure, As You Like It, Hamlet, King Lear, Othello, Macbeth, The Tempest


  1. John Donne:  “Song” (“Go and catch a falling star”), “The Canonization,” “The Flea,” “A Valediction:  Forbidding Mourning,” “The Sun Rising”


  1. John Milton:  Paradise Lost, “Lycidas”


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


  1. Alexander Pope:  Essay on Criticism, The Rape of the Lock


  1. Robert Burns:  “Tam O’Shanter,” “Green Grow the Rushes,” “Willie Brewed a Peck O’Maut”


  1. William Blake:  “The Lamb,” “The Chimney Sweeper,” “The Tyger,” “London”


  1. William Wordsworth:  “Tintern Abbey,” “Ode:  Intimations of Immortality,” “She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways,” “Composed on Westminster Bridge”


  1. Samuel Coleridge:  “Christabel,” “Dejection:  An Ode,” “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner,” “Kubla Khan”


  1. Percy B. Shelley:  “Hymn to Intellectual Beauty,” “Ode to the West Wind”


  1. George Gordon Lord Byron:  Don Juan (Canto I)


  1. John Keats: “Ode to a Nightingale,” “To Autumn,” “Ode on a Grecian Urn,” “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer”


  1. Alfred Lord Tennyson: “Ulysses,” “In Memorium A.H.H.,” “Tithonus,” “Lady of Shalott”


  1. Robert Browning: “Fra Lippo Lippi,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “My Last Duchess,” “The Bishop Orders His Tomb”


  1. Matthew Arnold: “Dover Beach”


  1. Henry Fielding:  Joseph Andrews


  1. Jane Austen:  Emma


  1. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights


  1. Charlotte Brontë:  Jane Eyre


  1. Charles Dickens:  Bleak House


  1. George Eliot:   Middlemarch


  1. Thomas Hardy:  Far From the Madding Crowd


  1. Joseph Conrad:  Heart of Darkness


  1. William Butler Yeats:  “Sailing to Byzantium,” “Leda and the Swan,” “The Second Coming”


  1. E.M. Forster:  A Passage to India


  1. Virginia Wolf:  To the Lighthouse


  1. James Joyce:  Dubliners


  1. Dylan Thomas:  “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night,” “And Death Shall Have No Dominion”


  1. John Fowles:  The French Lieutenant’s Woman


  1. Seamus Heaney:  “Digging,” “Punishment,” “Postscript”


  1. Julian Barnes:  Flaubert’s Parrot


  1. Ted Hughes:  “Pike,” “The Thought-Fox”


  1. A.S. Byatt:  Possession