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MA Orals List -- 20th Century British

MA Orals Reading List -- Twentieth Century British
(revised October 2007)

Choose ten of the following works (or groups of works), making sure to represent each genre (lyric, novel, drama), with no genre accounting for more than half of your selections. Also choose two secondary works. For any of the choices listed below, substitutions may be proposed.

  1. Hardy
    • "Hap"
    • "Neutral Tones"
    • "Drummer Hodge"
    • "The Darkling Thrush"
    • "The Ruined Main"
    • "A Trampwoman's Tragedy"
    • "One We Knew"
    • "She Hears the Storm"
    • "The Convergence of the Twain"
    • "Under the Waterfall"
    • "During Wind and Rain"
    • "In Time of The Breaking of Nations"
    • "He Never Expected Much"
  2. Yeats
  3. "To the Rose upon the Rood of Time"
  4. "Who Goes with Fergus?"
  5. "Easter 1916"
  6. "The Second Coming"
  7. "Sailing to Byzantium"
  8. "The Tower"
  9. "Byzantium"
  10. "Crazy Jane Talks with the Bishop"
  11. "Lapis Lazuli"
  12. "The Circus Animals' Desertion"
  13. "Under Ben Bulben"
  14. James, The Ambassadors
  15. Lord Jim
  16. Nostromo
  17. Conrad
  18. Synge, The Playboy of the Western World
  19. Ford, The Good Soldier
  20. "A Pact"
  21. "Near Perigord"
  22. "The Return"
  23. "In a Station of the Metro"
  24. "Hugh Selwyn Mauberley"
  25. The Cantos I, II, XLV, LXXXI
  26. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
  27. Ulysses
  28. Shaw, Heartbreak House
  29. "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock"
  30. The Waste Land
  31. "The Hollow Men"
  32. "Four Quartets"
  33. Pound
  34. Joyce
  35. "Musee des Beaux Arts"
  36. "In Memory of W. B. Yeats"
  37. "In Praise of Limestone"
  38. "September 1, 1939"
  39. "As I walked Out One Evening"
  40. "In Memory of Sigmund Freud"
  41. "Lullaby"
  42. "Spain 1937"
  43. "Gare du Midi"
  44. "The Shield of Achilles"
  45. Lawrence, Women in Love
  46. Molloy
  47. Endgame
  48. "Death of a Naturalist"
  49. "Digging"
  50. "Personal Helicon"
  51. "The Forge"
  52. "Requiem for the Croppies"
  53. "The Wife's Tale"
  54. "The Tollund Man"
  55. "Summer Home"
  56. "Westering"
  57. "North"
  58. "The Grauballe Man"
  59. "Punishment"
  60. "Casualty"
  61. "The Skunk"
  62. Eliot
  63. Forster, Passage to India
  64. Woolf, To the Lighthouse
  65. Auden
  66. H. D., Trilogy
  67. Beckett
  68. Heaney
  69. Lessing, The Golden Notebook
  70. Pinter, The Homecoming
  71. Rushdie, Midnight’s Children
  72. Winterson, Sexing the Cherry
  73. Smith, White Teeth
  74. Friel, Dancing at Lughnasa
  75. Stoppard, Arcadia
  76. McDonagh, The Pillowman

Secondary Works

  1. Bradbury and McFarlane, Modernism
  2. Felski, The Gender of Modernity
  3. Gilbert and Gubar, No Man's Land
  4. Kenner, The Pound Era
  5. Levenson, A Genealogy of Modernism
  6. Meisel, The Myth of the Modern
  7. Perloff, The Dance of the Intellect
  8. Said, The World, The Text, and the Critic
  9. Vendler, The Music of What Happens