Reading Lists

Ph.D. Reading List in English with American Literature

  • Beowulf
  • Chaucer
  • Renaissance lyric (Skelton, Wyatt, Surrey, Spenser, Sidney, Jonson, Donne)
  • Shakespeare
  • Renaissance drama  (Marlowe, Jonson, Dekker, Middleton, Webster)
  • Spenser and Milton
  • selected early British and American prose (Bunyan, Mather, Swift, Franklin, Edwards)
  • Richardson, Fielding, Sterne
  • British and American verse of the 17th and 18th century (Bradstreet, Dryden, Taylor, Pope, Johnson, Freneau, Wheatley)
  • English Romantic verse (Blake, Byron, Coleridge, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley)
  • Scott, Cooper, Twain
  • Longfellow, Whitman, Dickinson
  • Emerson, Poe, Thoreau
  • Hawthorne and Melville
  • Austen, George Eliot, and Dickens
  • English Victorian literature (the Brownings, the Brontës, Carlyle, Tennyson, Robert, Wilde)
  • Stowe, Douglass, Du Bois
  • James and Faulkner
  • Chopin, Cather, Wharton
  • Hardy and Conrad
  • Joyce and Woolf
  • Frost, Stevens, Pound, Eliot
  • Dos Passos, Fitzgerald, Hemingway
  • Welty and O’Connor
  • Literature of the Harlem renaissance (also Schuyler)
  • Ellison, Wright, Morrison
  • Postmodern fiction (Nabokov, Gaddis, Barthelme, DeLillo, Pynchon)
  • British and American poetry of the 20th and 21st century
  • drama of the 20th and 21st century (Shaw, O’Neill, Beckett, Williams, Miller, Albee, Pinter)
  • Anglophone fiction of the 20th and 21st century (Rhys, Achebe, Naipaul, Soyinka, Rushdie, Kincaid, Coetzee)

Ph.D. Reading List in French Literature

  • La Chanson de Roland
  • Marie de France
  • Chrétien de Troyes
  • Villon 
  • Rabelais
  • Montaigne
  • Selected poetry of Ronsard, DuBellay, Scève, Labé  
  • Corneille
  • Molière
  • Racine
  • Pascal 
  • Madame de Lafayette
  • Montesquieu
  • Selected works by Charrière, Graffigny, Gouges, Staël
  • Diderot
  • Voltaire
  • Rousseau
  • Hugo and/or Sand
  • Stendhal and/or Zola
  • Balzac
  • Flaubert
  • Selected poetry of Baudelaire, Rimbaud, Mallarmé
  • Proust
  • Beckett
  • Gide and/or Camus and/or Céline
  • selected modern poetry, such as Apollinaire, Breton, Éluard, Ponge, Césaire, Senghor, Bonnefoy, Hocquard, Roubaud, Deguy  
  • Césaire, “Discours sur le colonialisme”; Fanon, Peau noire, masques blancs; Chamoiseau et al, “Éloge de la créolité”; and literary works selected from among the following authors: Condé, Chamoiseau, Pineau, Schwarz-Bart, Ollivier, Laferrière 
  • Laâbi, “Réalités et dilemmes de la culture nationale I & II”; Haddad, “Les Zéros tournent en rond”; Memmi, Portrait du colonisé, précédé du portrait du colonisateur; and works selected from among the following authors:  Kateb Yacine, Chraïbi, Djebar, Ben Jelloun, Kane, Mariama Bâ, Camara Laye, Sembène, Kourouma 
  • selected works of mid-century & contemporary French fiction, such as Duras, Sarraute, Robbe-Grillet, Perec, Modiano, Le Clézio, Michon, Quignard, Toussaint, Redonnet, Cixous, Chevillard, Bon, Guibert, Rouaud, Ernaux, Houellebecq, NDiaye, Darrieussecq, Sebbar 
  • selected critical/ philosophical texts, such as Bataille, Beauvoir, Sartre, Lévi-Strauss, Blanchot, Barthes, Fanon, Foucault, Irigaray, Derrida, Deleuze, Glissant, and Mernissi.

Ph.D. Reading List in English Literature

  • Beowulf
  • The Wanderer and The Seafarer
  • Chaucer
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • Sidney
  • Spenser
  • Marlowe
  • Shakespeare
  • Jonson
  • Donne
  • Milton
  • Dryden
  • Defoe
  • Pope
  • Swift
  • Richardson
  • Fielding
  • Austen
  • Blake
  • Wordsworth
  • Keats
  • Bronte
  • Eliot
  • Dickens
  • Yeats
  • Conrad
  • Woolf
  • Selected modern British poetry
  • Joyce
  • Beckett

Ph.D. Reading Lists in Latin and Greek

Latin Required

  • Apuleius, Metamorphoses, books 4-6
  • Caesar, Bellum Civile
  • Catullus, Carmina
  • Cicero, Letters (ed. How or Tyrell or Stockton), in Catilinam I-IV, pro Archia, pro Archia, pro Milone, pro Sulla, pro Caelio, de Amicitia, de Re Publica, de Oratore.
  • Ennius, Fragments
  • Horace, Odes books 1-3, Epodes, Satires, Ars Poetica
  • Juvenal, Satires 1, 3, 5, 10, 15.
  • Livy, Ab Urbe Condita, books 1, 5, 22-22
  • Lucretius, de Rerum Natura
  • Martial, ed. Post
  • Ovid, Metamorphoses, Ars Amatoria.
  • Petronius, Cena Trimalchionis
  • Plautus, Menaechmi, Miles Gloriosus
  • Pliny the Younger, Letters (any 25 in Poteat or Sherwin-White or Wescott)
  • Propertius, Carmina
  • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria, book 10
  • Sallust, Catilina
  • Seneca the younger, Hippolytus
  • Tacitus, Agricola, Annales books I-IV
  • Tibullus, Carmina books 1-2
  • Vergil, Eclogues, Georgics, Aeneid

Latin Additional

  • Accius, Fragments
  • Ammianus Marcellinus, Rerum Gestarum Libri
  • Apuleius, Metamorphoses, Apologia, Florida, De Magia
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Aulus Gellius, Attic Nights
  • Boethius, Consolation of Philosophy
  • Caesar, Bellum Gallicum
  • Cato, De Agri Cultura
  • Cicero, pro Balbo, pro Milone, pro Flacco, pro Lege Manilia, Phillippics 1, 2, in Pisonem, pro Rabirio, in Verrem, pro S. Roscio Amerino, de Finibus, de Natura Deorum, de Officiis, de Senectute, Tusculan Disputations, Brutus
  • Claudianus, in Rufinum
  • Horace, Epistles
  • Juvenal, Satires
  • Livy, Ab Urbe Condita
  • Lucan, Pharsalia
  • Lucilius, Fragments
  • Martial, Epigrammata
  • Nepos, de Viris Illustribus
  • Ovid, Amores, Tristia, Fasti, Remedia Amoris
  • Persius, Satires
  • Petronius, Satiricon
  • Plautus, Mostellaria, Pseudolus, Rudens, Trinummus, Amphitruo etc.
  • Pliny the Elder, Historia Naturalis
  • Pliny the Youngerz Letters
  • Quintilian, Institutio Oratoria
  • Sallust, Jugurtha
  • Scriptores Historiae Augustae
  • Seneca the Elder, Suasoriae
  • Seneca the Younger, de Consolatione, de Ira, Quaestiones Naturales, Epistolae Morales, Apocolocyntosis, Hercules Furens, Medea, Octavia Praetextata
  • Statius, Thebaid
  • Suetonius, de Vita Caesarum
  • Tacitus, Dialogus de Oratoribus, Historiae, Germania
  • Terence, Adelphoe, Eunuchus, Hecyra, Heauton Timorumenos
  • Tibullus, Carmina
  • Varro, de Lingua Latina
  • Vitruvius, de Architectura

Greek Required

  • Aeschylus, Agamemnon, Choephoroi, Eumendides, Prometheus
  • Alcaeus, Poems in Page, Sappho and Alcaeus
  • Alcman, Poem in Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry
  • Andocides, On the Mysteries
  • Antiphon, On the Murder of Herodes.
  • Archilochus, All poems in Diehls, Anth. Lyr. Graec. and Fragments in Lasserre & Bonnard, Archiloque: Fragments, 1958.
  • Aristophanes, Acharnians, Clouds, Lysistrata, Frogs.
  • Aristotle, Poetics, Constitution of the Athenians.
  • Bacchylides, all poems.
  • Callimachus, Hymns.
  • Demosthenes, Philippics, Olynthiacs.
  • Euripides, Alcestis, Bacchae, Medea, Hippolytus. Heraclitus, fragments in Diels-Kranz, Vorsokratiker. Herodotus, 1, 2, 7, 8, 9.
  • Hesiod, Works & Days, Theogony.
  • Homer, Iliad, Odyssey, Hymn to Demeter.
  • Lysias, Against Eratosthenes.
  • Menander, Dyskolos.
  • Pindar, Olympian Odes, Pythian Odes.
  • Plato, Apology, Crito, Phaedo, Symposium, Gorgias, Republic, books I, III, VI & X.
  • Plutarch, Solon, Perikles.
  • Sappho, Poems in Page, Sappho & Alcaeus.
  • Simonides, Poems in Campbell, Greek Lyric Poetry.
  • Sophocles, Ajax, Antigone, Oedipus Coloneus, Oedipus Tyrannus.
  • Theocritus, Id. 1, 2, 7, 11.
  • Thucydides, History, books 1-2, 4-5.26, 6-7.
  • Xenophon, Anabasis.

Greek Additional

  • Aeschylus, Seven Against Thebes, Persae, Suppliants
  • Anacreon
  • Apollonius Rhodius, Argonautika
  • Aristophanes, Knights, Wasps, Birds, Ecclesiazousae, Peace, Plutus, Thesmophoriazusae
  • Aristotle, Politics, Nicomachean Ethics, Methaphysics, etc.
  • Callimachus, Aitia
  • Corinna, Poems
  • Democritus, Fragments, Diels-Kranz, Vorsokratiker
  • Empedocles, Fragments, Diels-Kranz, Vorsokratiker
  • Euripides, Electra, Helena, Herakles, Ion, Suppliants, Orestes, Hecuba, Phoenissae
  • Greek Anthology (especially the Hellenistic Poems)
  • Herondas, Mimiambi
  • Herodotus, History
  • Hippocrates, Airs Waters Places, on the Sacred Disease
  • Homer, Hymns, Batrachomyomachia
  • Hyperides
  • Ibycus
  • Isocrates, de Pace, Panegyricus, Areopagitica
  • (Longinus) On the Sublime
  • Lucian
  • Marcus Aurelius, Meditations
  • Menander, Samia, Shield
  • Mimnermus
  • Parmenides, Fragments, Diels-Kranz, Vorsokratiker
  • Pausanias, Periodos
  • Pindar, Isthmian Odes, Nemean Odes
  • Plato, Euthyphro, Phaedrus, Protagoras, Laws, Sophist, Timaeus, etc.
  • Plutarch, Parallel Lives, Moralia
  • Solon
  • Sophocles, Electra, Philoctetes, Trachiniae
  • Theocritus, Idylls
  • Theognis
  • Theophrastus, Characters
  • Thucydides, History
  • Tyrtaeus
  • Xenophon, Hellenica, Symposium, Oeconomicus

Ph.D. Reading List in Spanish Literature

  • Anon., Poema de Mío Cid
  • Anon., Lazarillo de Tormes
  • Anon., Romancero tradicional
  • Cristóbal Colón
  • Garcilaso de la Vega
  • Santa Teresa de Jesús OR Fray Luis de León
  • Garcilaso de la Vega, El Inca
  • Miguel de Cervantes
  • Luís de Góngora
  • Lope de Vega
  • Francisco de Quevedo
  • Pedro Calderón de la Barca
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz
  • José Cadalso OR José Espronceda
  • Benito Perez Galdós
  • Domingo Faustino Sarmiento or Gertrudis Gómez de Avellaneda
  • José Martí
  • Miguel de Unamuno
  • Ruben Darío
  • Antonio Machado
  • Federico García Lorca
  • Jorge Luis Borges
  • Selected poetry of the Latin American avant-garde, including a work by Vicente Huidobro, Pablo Neruda, Octavio Paz, César Vallejo, Gabriela Mistral
  • Mariano Azuela or Rómulo Gallegos or José Eustasio Rivera
  • Foundations of “Magical Realism,” including a work by Alejo Carpentier, Miguel Ángel Asturias, Juan Rulfo
  • Gabriel García Márquez
  • Selected “Boom” novels/ short story collections, including a work by Carlos Fuentes, Mario Vargas Llosa, Julio Cortázar, Manuel Puig
  • A novel/ short story collection by three of the following: Juan Goytisolo, Ana María Matute, Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, Camilo José Cela, Carmen Laforet, Carmen Martín Gaite, Javier Marías 
  • A novel/ short story collection by three of the following: Reinaldo Arenas, Diamela Eltit, Luis Rafael Sánchez, Guillermo Cabrera Infante, Ricardo Piglia, Roberto Bolaño
  • Raúl Zurita

Ph.D. Reading List in Brazilian Literature

  • Gregório de Matos
  • Tomás Antônio Gonzaga
  • Basílio da Gama
  • Gonçalves Dias
  • Castro Alves
  • Manuel Antônio de Almeida
  • José de Alencar
  • Sousândrade
  • Aluísio Azevedo
  • Machado de Assis
  • Olavo Bilac
  • Cruz e Souza
  • Euclides da Cunha
  • Lima Barreto
  • Manuel Bandeira
  • Oswald de Andrade
  • Mário de Andrade
  • Graciliano Ramos
  • José Lins do Rego
  • Rachel de Queiroz
  • Carlos Drummond de Andrade
  • João Guimarães Rosa
  • Clarice Lispector
  • Jorge Amado
  • João Cabral de Melo Neto
  • Lygia Fagundes Telles
  • Nélida Piñon
  • João Ubaldo Ribeiro
  • Moacyr Scliar
  • Sérgio Sant'Anna

Ph.D. Reading List in Portuguese Literature

  • Poesia Trovadoresca (Cantigas de Amor, Cantigas de Amigo, Cantigas de Escárnio e Mal dizer)
  • Fernão Lopes
  • Gil Vicente
  • Luís de Camões
  • Antônio Vieira
  • Poetas Barrocos (selections from D. Francisco Manuel de Melo, António Barbosa e Sóror Violante do Céu)
  • Bocage
  • Almeida Garrett
  • Camilo Castelo Branco
  • Júlio Dinis
  • Eça de Queiroz
  • Cesário Verde
  • Antero de Quental
  • Camilo Pessanha
  • Florbela Espanca
  • Fernando Pessoa
  • José Régio
  • Miguel Torga
  • Manuel da Fonseca
  • Vergílio Ferreira
  • Agustina Bessa-Luís
  • Jorge de Sena
  • José Rodrigues Miguéis
  • Vitorino Nemésio
  • José Cardoso Pires
  • Eugénio de Andrade
  • Sophia de Mello Breyner
  • José Saramago
  • Lídia Jorge
  • António Lobo Antunes

Ph.D. Reading List in German Literature

  • Nibelungenlied; selections from Walter von der Vogelweide; Tristan or Parzival 
  •  Luther
  •  Selected Baroque poetry including Opitz and Gryphius
  • Selected Baroque drama including Gryphius and Lohenstein
  • Grimmelshausen
  • Lessing and Mendelssohn
  • Kant and Herder
  • Goethe
  • Schiller
  • Hölderlin
  • Selections from idealist philosophers (Fichte, Schelling, Hegel)
  • F. Schlegel and Novalis
  • Hoffmann
  • Tieck, Brentano, and A. v. Arnim
  • Kleist
  • Droste-Hülshoff
  • Mörike
  • Büchner
  • Stifter and Keller
  • Fontane
  • Nietzsche
  • Hauptmann and Wedekind
  • George and Hofmannsthal
  • Rilke
  • Benn, Lasker-Schüler, and Trakl
  • T. Mann
  • Musil
  • Kafka
  • Brecht
  • Selected modern poetry including Celan and Bachmann

Ph.D. Reading List in Italian Literature

  • Cavalcanti
  • Dante
  • Petrarch
  • Boccaccio
  • Pulci
  • Boiardo
  • Poliziano
  • Machiavelli
  • Bembo OR Lorenzo de' Medici
  • Ariosto
  • Michelangelo
  • Colonna OR Stampa
  • Cellini OR Galileo
  • Tasso
  • Marino
  • Vico
  • Goldoni
  • Metastasio OR Alfieri
  • Foscolo
  • Manzoni
  • Belli
  • Leopardi
  • Verga
  • D'Annunzio OR Pascoli
  • Pirandello
  • Futurists OR Svevo
  • Gadda
  • Montale
  • Pasolini
  • Calvino

Ph.D. Reading List in Arabic Literature

  • The mu‘allaqat
  • Qur’an, hadith, and sirah
  • Umayyad poetry and prose
  • Abu Nuwas
  • Abu Tammam & al-Buhturi
  • al-Jahiz
  • al-Mutanabbi
  • Abu Hayyan al-Tawhidi
  • Abu al-‘Ala’ al-Ma‘arri
  • Poetry of al-Andalus
  • Alf layla wa-layla
  • Selected maqamat
  • Medieval Arabic anthologies
  • Selected classical literary critical writings
  • Mamluk and early Ottoman literature
  • Classical Genres in transition: ritha’, rihla, nasib
  • Readings in the Nahda
  • Egyptian Neo-Classical Poetry
  • The Mahjar School
  • The Historical Novel
  • Autobiography
  • The Short Story
  • Palestinian Literature after the Nakba
  • The Culture of Magazines
  • Modernist Poetry in Lebanon
  • Al-Shi‘r al-hurr in Iraq
  • Realism and al-Iltizam
  • The Postcolonial Novel
  • Gender in Question
  • Literary Criticism