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FIELD LISTS FOR MASTER OF ARTS EXAMINATION
NOTE: Students are responsible for the texts below in their historical and critical contexts.
FIELD #1: MEDIEVAL LITERATURE
• Beowulf (in verse translation)
• Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (in verse translation)
• Chaucer, The General Prologue to The Canterbury Tales
• Chaucer, "The Knight's Tale" and "The Wife of Bath's Tale"
• Baker, Peter. The Beowulf Reader: Basic Readings. Routledge, 2000.
• Bitani, Piero and Mann, Jill. The Cambridge Companion to Chaucer. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.
• Wallace, David. The Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2002.
FIELD #2: RENAISSANCE LITERATURE
• Spenser, The Faerie Queene, Book I
• Shakespeare, King Lear
• John Donne, "The Ecstasy," "The Flea," "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning," "The Relic"
• Milton, Paradise Lost, Books I and II
• King, John N. Spencer's Poetry and the Reformation Tradition. Princeton : Princeton University Press, 1990.
• Rosenberg, Marvin. The Masks of "King Lear." Berkeley, CA: University of California Press, 1972.
• Carey, John. John Donne: Life, Mind, Art. NY : Oxford University Press, 1981.
• Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in "Paradise Lost." Berkeley, CA : University of California Press, 1971.
FIELD #3: RESTORATION AND EIGHTEENTH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
• Congreve, The Way of the World
• Dryden, "Absalom and Achitophel"; Pope, "The Rape of the Lock"
• Behn, "The Rover, Part I"
• Swift, Gulliver's Travels
• Johnson, "Preface to Shakespeare"
• Womersley, David (Ed.). A Companion to Literature from Milton to Blake. Oxford: Blackwell Press, 2000.
• Hunter, Paul J. "Gulliver's Travels and the Novel." In The Genres of Gulliver's Travels, Smith, Fredrick N. (Ed.). Newark: U of Delaware Press, 1990, pgs. 56-74.
• Jarvis, Simon. Scholars and Gentlemen: Shakespearian Textual Criticism and Representations of Scholarly Labour, 1725-1765. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991.
• Nussbaum, Felicity. "The Brink of All We Hate": English Satires of Women, 1660-1750. Lexington: The Univ. Press of Kentucky, 1984.
FIELD #4: ROMANTIC AND VICTORIAN LITERATURE
• Smith, Elegiac Sonnets #1, #8, and #12
• Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey," The Prelude (selections from the Norton Anthology), and "Ode: Intimations of Immortality," and "London, 1802"
• Coleridge, "CristabelÓ; Keats, "Ode on a Grecian Urn," "Ode to a Nightingale," "La Belle Dame Sans Merci," "On Seeing the Elgin Marbles"
• Eliot, Middlemarch
• Tennyson, In Memoriam (selections from the Norton Anthology)
• Browning, "Andrea del Sarto" and "Fra Lippo Lippi"
• Houghton, Walter. The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870. New Haven, CT : Published for Wellesley College by Yale University Press, 1957.
• Miller, J. Hillis. The Disappearance of God: Five Nineteenth-Century Writers. Cambridge, MA : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1979.
• Gilmour, Robin. The Victorian Period: The Intellectual and Cultural Context, 1830-1890. New York : Longman, 1993.
• Jarvis, Robin. The Romanic Period: The Intellectual & Cultural Context of English Literature 1789-1830. New York : Longman, 2004.
FIELD #5: TWENTIETH-CENTURY BRITISH LITERATURE
• Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness
• W.B. Yeats: Selected Poems from The Wild Swans at Coole (1919), The Tower (1928), The Winding Stair and Other Poems (1933), New Poems (1938), and Last Poems (1938-9), in W. B. Yeats: The Poems edited by Richard Finneran
• E. M. Forster: A Passage to India
• D. H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers OR Women in Love
• T. S. Eliot: “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock,” The Waste Land, Four Quartets
• James Joyce: The Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man or Virginia Woolf: Mrs. Dalloway, To the Lighthouse
• Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot
• Scott, Bonnie Kime (Ed.). The Gender of Modernism: A Critical Anthology. Bloomington : Indiana University Press, 1990.
• Schwartz, Sanford. The Matrix of Modernism: Pound, Eliot, and Early Twentieth-Century Thought. Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, 1985.
• Levenson, Michael (Ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. New York, NY : Cambridge University Press, 1999.
FIELD #6: EARLY AMERICAN LITERATURE
• Ann Bradstreet, "The Prologue," "Contemplations," "The Author to Her Book," "To Her Father with Some Verses," "Before the Birth of One of Her Children," "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild," "Upon the Burning of Our House"; "In Memory of My Dear Grandchild Elizabeth Bradstreet," "To My Dear Children"; Edward Taylor, "The Joy of Church Fellowship," "Upon a Spider Catching a Fly," "Huswifery," "Upon Wedlock," and "Death of Children," Preparatory Meditations, First Series; "Prologue," "Meditation 8""; Second Series, "Meditation 1"
• Melville, "Bartleby the Scrivener"; Hawthorne, The Scarlet Letter
• Stephen Crane, The Red Badge of Courage
• Walt Whitman, Song of Myself and Emily Dickinson, #'s 98, 465, 712, 280, 137, 214, 258, 986, 1463, 185, 324, 357, 487, 489, 303, 448, 449, 657, 709.
• Henry David Thoreau, Walden
• Bercovitch, Sacvan. The Puritan Origins of the American Self. New Haven, CT : Yale University Press, 1975.
• Davidson, Cathy N. Revolution and the Word: The Rise of the Novel in America. New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.
• Matthiessen, F. O. American Renaissance: Art and Expression in the Age of Emerson and Whitman . New York : Oxford University Press, 1980.
• Reynolds, David. Beneath the American Renaissance: The Subversive Imagination in the Age of Emerson and Melville. New York : Knopf, 1988.
FIELD #7: TWENTIETH-CENTURY AMERICAN LITERATURE
• William Faulkner, The Sound and the Fury
• Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
• Gertrude Stein, Three Lives
• Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
• T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land
• Robert Frost, "Birches," "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," "Mending Wall," "Design," Departmental"; Wallace Stevens, "The Man with the Blue Guitar," "Sunday Morning," "The Emperor of Ice Cream"; Adrienne Rich, "Diving into the Wreck" and "Coast to Coast";
• Sylvia Plath, "Daddy" and "Lady Lazarus"
• Alice Walker, Meridian
• Gelpi, Albert. A Coherent Splendor: The American Poetic Renaissance, 1910-1950. New York: Cambridge UP, 1990.
• Lutz, Tom. Cosmopolitan Vistas: American Regionalism and Literary Value. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 2004.
• Michaels, Walter Benn. Our America: Nativism, Modernism and Pluralism. Durham: Duke UP, 1995.
• Soto, Michael. The Modernist Nation: Generation, Renaissance, and Twentieth Century American Literature. Tuscaloosa: U of Alabama P, 2004.
FIELD #8: STYLE AND STYLISTICS
• Corbett, Edward P.J. (ed.). Rhetorical Analysis of Literary Works. London: OUP, 1969.
• Lanham, Richard. Analyzing Prose. New York: Scribner's, 1983.
• McQuade, Donald. The Territory of Language. Carbondale: SIU, 1986.
• Miles, Josephine. Style and Proportion: The Language of Prose and Poetry. Boston: Little Brown, 1967.
• Richards, I.A. The Philosophy of Rhetoric. London: OUP, 1936.
FIELD #9: THEORY OF COMPOSITION
• Berthoff, Ann. The Making of Meaning: Metaphors, Models, and Maxims for Writing Teachers. Montclais, NH: Boynton Cook, 1981.
• Crowley, Sharon and Hawhee, Debra. Ancient Rhetorics for Contemporary Students. Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999.
• Graves, Richard. Rhetoric and Composition. Rochelle Park, NJ: Hayden, 1976.
• Foss, Sonya, Foss, Karen, and Trapp, Robert. Contemporary Perspectives on Rhetoric. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2002.
• Foss, Sonya, Foss, Karen, and Trapp, Robert. Readings in Contemporary Rhetoric. Long Grove, IL: Waveland Press, 2002.
• Hillocks, George. Teaching Writing as a Reflective Practice. New York: Teachers College Press, 1995
FIELD #10: INSTRUCTION OF COMPOSITION/LITERATURE
• Bean, John, Chappell, Virginia, and Gillam, Alice. Reading Rhetorically. New York: Pearson, 2004.
• Blau, Sheridan. The Literature Workshop: Teaching Texts and Their Readers. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 2003.
• Lindemann, Erika. A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers. New York: OUP, 1995.
• Macrorie, Ken. Telling Writing. Portsmouth: Heinemann, 1985.
• Moffett, James. Teaching the Universe of Discourse. Boynton Cook, 1987.
• Rosenblatt, Louise. Literature as Exploration. New York: MLA, 1995.
FIELD #11: BASIC WRITING/ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE
• Bernstein, Susan Naomi. Teaching Developmental Writing: Background Reading. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006.
• Enos, Theresa (Ed.), A Sourcebook for Basic Writing Teachers. San Francisco: McGraw Hill, 1987.
• Krashen, Stephen. Writing: Research, Theory, and Applications. Beverly Hills: Laredo Publishers, 1991.
• Rose, Mike. Lives on the Boundary. New York: Free Press, 1989.
• Shaugnessy, Mina. Errors and Expectations. New York: OUP, 1979.
• Stahl, Norman and Boylan, Hunter. Teaching Developmental Reading: Historical, Theoretical, and Practical Background Readings. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2003.
• Ferris, Dana and Hedgecock, John. Teaching ESL Composition: Purpose, Process, and Practice. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2005.
• Harklau, Linda, Losey, Kay M., and Siegal, Meryl (Eds.). Generation 1.5 Meets College Composition: Issues in the Teaching of Writing to U.S.-Educated Learners of ESL. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 1999.
• Kroll, Barbara (Ed.) Second Language Writing: Research Insights for the Classroom. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1990.
• Leki, Ilona. Understanding ESL Writers: A Guide for Teachers. Plymouth, NH: Boynton Cook, 1992.
• Matsuda, Paul Kei, Cox, Michelle, Jordan, Jay, and Ortmeier-Hooper, Christina (Eds.). Second-Language Writing in the Composition Classroom: A Critical Sourcebook. New York: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2006.
• Silva, Tony and Matsuda, Paul Kei (Eds.). Landmark Essays on ESL Writing. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum, 2001.
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