Question for CURRENT students of BA in English (Particularly at Queen Mary)

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DollyG
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Hi,

I would really appreciate it if you could please tell me your reading list for BA in English.

I've just been accepted for MA, and as I have a different background in BSc, I would like to be as prepared as possible, by covering things that general students in English might have covered.

Thank you
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Not at QM but here's my list anyway:

Novels etc
Howards End by E. M. Forster
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
St Leon by William Godwin
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
The Odd Women by George Gissing
Utopia by Thomas Moore
Dracula by Bram Stoker
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Plays
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Black-Ey'd Susan by Douglas Jerrold.
Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
The Alchemist by Ben Johnson
Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
All for Love by John Dryden
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

Poetry
Christina Rossetti, Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, Philip Larkin, U. A. Fanthorpe, Tony Harrison, Blake Morrison, Robert Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Campion, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser



This is approximately two years worth. There are some more but I can't remember my semester B reading list for this year at the moment >.< Oh and this excludes my English Language modules. This is strictly English Literature (8/16 of my modules)

I recommend you get hold of The Norton Anthology of English Literature set. There are 6 in total I think, they're pretty awesome and help a great deal. You get lots of information about writers as well as a wealth of literature. So get hold of them if you haven't got them already. I have The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism too as a background reading type of thing, it's really interesting and might help you considering it's literally packed full of useful info.
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(Original post by Strawberrycayk)
Not at QM but here's my list anyway:

Novels etc
Howards End by E. M. Forster
The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
The Time Machine by H. G. Wells
The Italian by Ann Radcliffe
Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
Lady Audley's Secret by Mary Elizabeth Braddon
Life and Death of Harriett Frean by May Sinclair
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce
The Picture of Dorian Gray - Oscar Wilde
The Fortunes and Misfortunes of Moll Flanders by Daniel Defoe
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Bartleby, the Scrivener by Herman Melville
St Leon by William Godwin
The Castle of Otranto by Horace Walpole
Zanoni by Edward Bulwer Lytton
Oroonoko by Aphra Behn
The Flowers of Evil by Charles Baudelaire
The Hound of the Baskervilles by Arthur Conan Doyle
A Room of One's Own by Virginia Woolf
Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys
The Odd Women by George Gissing
Utopia by Thomas Moore
Dracula by Bram Stoker
On the Origin of Species by Charles Darwin

Plays
Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson
Black-Ey'd Susan by Douglas Jerrold.
Mrs. Warren's Profession by George Bernard Shaw
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
A Doll's House by Henrik Ibsen
Six Characters in Search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello
Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui by Bertolt Brecht
Top Girls by Caryl Churchill
The Caretaker by Harold Pinter
The Alchemist by Ben Johnson
Dr Faustus by Christopher Marlowe
All for Love by John Dryden
Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare
Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare
The Tempest by William Shakespeare
The Winter's Tale by William Shakespeare

Poetry
Christina Rossetti, Tennyson, Thomas Hardy, T. S. Eliot, Philip Larkin, U. A. Fanthorpe, Tony Harrison, Blake Morrison, Robert Browning, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, William Shakespeare, Queen Elizabeth I, Thomas Wyatt, Thomas Campion, Sir Philip Sidney, Edmund Spenser



This is approximately two years worth. There are some more but I can't remember my semester B reading list for this year at the moment >.< Oh and this excludes my English Language modules. This is strictly English Literature (8/16 of my modules)

I recommend you get hold of The Norton Anthology of English Literature set. There are 6 in total I think, they're pretty awesome and help a great deal. You get lots of information about writers as well as a wealth of literature. So get hold of them if you haven't got them already. I have The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism too as a background reading type of thing, it's really interesting and might help you considering it's literally packed full of useful info.
Thank you so much. I have the 1st and 2nd volume of Norton Anthology, but the one about Theory and Criticism sounds interesting.

Are there particular books on literary theories you've had to read?
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Thank you so much. I have the 1st and 2nd volume of Norton Anthology, but the one about Theory and Criticism sounds interesting.

Are there particular books on literary theories you've had to read?
Um we've covered things like aestheticism, realism, expressionism, existentialism, feminist criticism, humanism, idealism, modernism, naturalism, psychoanalysis, realism and romanticism. I haven't read any textbooks specifically concerned with them in particular but have looked up journals and things on scholar regarding them. My tutor keeps quoting Peter Childs in our modernism module, he has a book on the subject so I guess that would be something worth investing in... (as well as Freud for psychoanalysis). The essays in Theory and Criticism cover a lot of these theories anyway So that might be a good starting point.
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I'm at UCL but I think my first year is perfect for giving you a basic overall understanding of literature:

Narrative texts:
Paradise Lost - John Milton
The Rape of The Lock - Alexander Pope
Tristram Shandy - Laurence Sterne
The Prelude - William Wordsworth
The Mill on the Floss - George Eliot
The Wasteland - T.S. Eliot
Disgrace - J.M. Coetzee

Medieval English:
The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales - Chaucer
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Le Morte Darthur - Thomas Malory
The Wakefield Second Shepherds' Pageant
Beowulf
The Wanderer

Intellectual and Cultural Sources:
The Bible
The Odyssey - Homer
Oedipus the King - Sophocles
The Symposium - Plato
Poetics - Aristotle
The Aeneid - Virgil
Metamorphoses - Ovid
Confessions - St. Augustine
The Consolation of Philosophy - Boethius
Inferno - Dante
Utopia - Thomas More
Essays - Michel de Montaigne
Confessions - Jean Jacques Rousseau
A Vindication of the Rights of Woman - Mary Wollstonecraft
The Communist Manifesto - Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels
On the Origin of Species - Charles Darwin
On the Genealogy of Morals - Friedrich Nietzsche
Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality - Sigmund Freud
A Room of One's Own - Virginia Woolf
Mythologies - Roland Barthes
Epistemology of the Closet - Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick

Criticisms:
Philip Sidney, An Apology for Poetry
Samuel Johnson’s ‘Preface’ to his edition of Shakespeare’s plays
Wordsworth’s ‘Preface’ to the 4th edition of Lyrical Ballads
Henry James’s essay ‘The Art of Fiction’
T.S. Eliot’s essays on ‘Philip Massinger’ and ‘Tradition and the Individual Talent’
Roland Barthes’ ‘The Death of the Author’
Michel Foucault’s ‘What is an Author?’


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Did you get an offer or interview at Queen Mary?
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Yes, I have been offered an place for MA in English.
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