NOTE: Students are responsible for the texts below in their historical and critical contexts.


Primary Texts:

  • Beowulf (in verse translation)
  • Sir Awaking 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"

Critical Readings:

  • 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.


Primary Texts:

  • 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

Critical Readings:

  • 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.


Primary Texts:

  • 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"

Critical Readings:

  • 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.


Primary Texts:

  • 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"

Critical Readings:

  • 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 PeriodThe Intellectual & Cultural Context of English Literature 1789-1830. New York : Longman, 2004.  







Primary Texts:

  • Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot
  • Friel, Brian. Translations
  • Joyce, James.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man and “Araby” and “The Dead”
  • Larkin, Philip. Poems from High Windows: “The Trees,” “High Windows,” “This Be the Verse,” “Annus Mirabilis,” “Vers de Société,” “Money,” “Cut Grass”
  • Lawrence, D.H. Women in Love  
  • Woolf, Virginia.  Mrs. Dalloway 
  • Yeats, W.B. “The Second Coming,” “Easter 1916,” “Among School Children,” “Sailing to Byzantium” 

Critical Readings: 

  • The Twentieth-Century British Literature Criticism Reader, packet for purchase at the Print Shop, CSUB / available for check out at main office of English Dept FT 202A.
  • Auerbach, Eric. “The Brown Stocking.” Mimesis. Princeton: Princeton UP, 2003.
  • Bergonzi, Bernard. “Davie, Larkin, the State of England.” Contemporary Literature. Vol. 18, no. 3. Summer, 1977.
  • Daiches, David. “The Semi-Transparent Envelop.” Virginia Woolf. Westport: Greenwood P, 1942.
  • Deane, Seamus. “Joyce the Irishman.” The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce. Ed. Derek Attridge. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990
  • DeKoven, Marianne. “Modernism and gender.” The Cambridge Companion to Modernism. Ed. Michael Levenson. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1999.
  • Fjågesund, Peter. “Lawrence’s View of History,” The Apocalyptic World of D.H. Lawrence. Oslo: Norwegian UP, 1991.
  • Levenson, Michael H. Chapter 1: “Consciousness.” A Genealogy of Modernism. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1984
  • Lyons, Charles R. “Waiting for Godot.” Samuel Beckett. New York: Macmillan, 1983.
  • Marx, John. “Postcolonial literature and the Western literary canon.” The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. Ed. Neil Lazarus. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2004.
  • Pelletier, Martine. “Translations, the Field Day debate and the re-imagining of Irish identity.” The Cambridge Companion to Brian Friel. Ed. Anthony Roche. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2006.
  • Perloff, Marjorie. “Modernist Studies.” Redrawing the Boundaries. Eds. Stephen Greenblatt, Giles Gunn. New York: Modern Language Association, 1992.
  • Riquelme, John Paul. “Stephen Hero, Dubliners, and A Portrait of the Author as a Young Man.” Ed. Derek Attridge. The Cambridge Companion to James Joyce. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990.
  • Vender, Helen. “The later poetry.” The Cambridge Companion to W.B. Yeats. Cambridge:  Cambridge UP, 2006.
  • Zwerdling, Alex. “Mrs. Dalloway and the Social System.” Virginia Woolf and the Real World. Berkeley: University of California P, 1986. 





Primary Texts:

  • 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

Critical Readings:

  • 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.



Primary Texts:

  • 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


Critical Readings:

  • 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.



  • 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.


  • 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



  • 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.



Basic Writing:

  • 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.