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CSULA Department of English | Comprehensive Examination Reading Lists

British Literature: Medieval

Period Reading List for Part One Exam

Old English

Beowulf (translation to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Texts in Old English Poetry: An Anthology. Ed and translated by R.M. Liuzza. Broadview Press

Middle English, Anglo Norman, and Latin

The Lais of Marie de France (translation to be selected in consultation with advisor)

History of the Kings of Britain by Geoffrey on Monmouth.

Medieval Arthurian Epic and Romance: Eight New Translations by William W. Kibler and R. Barton Palmer

Chaucer, Canterbury Tales (version to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde (version to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Langland, Piers Plowman The A Version. Translated by Michael Calabrese.

Julian of Norwich, Book of Showings (version to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Book of Margery Kempe (version to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Works of the Pearl Manuscript: Pearl, Gawain and the Green Knight, Cleanness and Patience.

Medieval English Lyrics: 1200-1400 (Penguin Classics)

The York Corpus Christi Play: Selected Pageants. Ed. by Christina M. Fitzgerald. Broadview Press.

Morality Plays: Mankind (version to be selected in consultation with advisor)

Malory, Mort d'Arthur (selections and version to be established in consultation with an advisor)

Selected Text for Part Two Exam

The next time the comprehensive examination in this period is offered, the Part Two text will be Langland, Piers Plowman.