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Master of Arts in English

Available at the Milledgeville Campus.

MA Exam and Reading List

Comprehensive Examination
In the last term of class work, or as soon as possible after the last term of class work, the student must pass a comprehensive examination.

The examination has two parts and is based on the MA reading list:

  • A text-specific essay
  • An essay demonstrating broad, comprehensive reading.

Examination Description
The examination is devised and administered by members of the English Graduate Faculty in consultation with the Coordinator of the MA in English.  

  • The examination is given in the last week of the fall and spring terms, but not in the summer term.  
  • A student wishing to take the examination should notify the Coordinator in writing by the end of the first week of the term in which the student wishes to take the examination.  
  • The examination committee will consist of three members of the English Graduate Faculty, one of whom will serve as chair. 
  • The examination committee will award the grade of pass with distinction, pass, low pass, or fail for each section of the exam.

The Coordinator will inform the students of the exam results. The student must pass both parts. A student may retake a failed portion without having to retake the passed portion. A student who fails any portion of the examination may not retake a failed portion until the next term.

MA Comprehensive Exam Reading List

Department of English & Rhetoric

Effective Fall 2011 - Spring 2014

British

Period/Movement

Texts

1

Early Medieval

Beowulf*

2

Late Medieval

Chaucer, from The Canterbury Tales*

3

Renaissance Drama

Shakespeare, Hamlet and King Lear; Marlowe, Doctor Faustus*; Johnson, Volpone*

4

Seventeenth Century Metaphysical Poetry

Donne*, Herbert*, Marvel*

5

Seventeenth Century

Milton, Paradise Lost*

6

Eighteenth Century

Fielding, Tom Jones

7

Eighteenth Century

Swift, Gulliver’s Travels

8

Eighteenth Century

Pope, The Rape of the Lock

9

Nineteenth Century Romantic Verse

Wordsworth*, Coleridge*, Keats*

10

Nineteenth Century Romantic Novel

Bronte, Wuthering Heights

11

Nineteenth Century Victorian Novel

Dickens, Great Expectations

12

Nineteenth Century Victorian Novel

Eliot, The Mill on the Floss

13

Nineteenth Century Victorian Poetry

Tennyson*, Browning*, Arnold*

14

Irish Renaissance

Joyce, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Yeats, poetry*

15

Twentieth Century Modernism

Woolf, To the Lighthouse; Beckett, Waiting for Godot

American

Period/Movement

Texts

16

Captivity and Slave Narratives

Rowlandson** and Douglass**

17

Transcendentalism

Emerson**, Thoreau**, Hawthorne**, Melville**

18

Nineteenth Century Poetry

Whitman**, Dickinson**

19

Regionalist, Realist, Naturalist Fiction

Twain**, Chesnutt**, Wharton**, Jewett**, Crane**

20

Modernist Fiction

Faulkner**, Fitzgerald**, Hemingway**

21

Modernist Poetry

Eliot**; Williams**; Moore**; Stein, Tender Buttons

22

Harlem Renaissance

Hughes**, McKay**, Hurston**, Larsen**

23

Modern Drama

O’Neill**, Williams**, Glaspell**

24

Postwar/Contemporary Fiction

Morrison, Song of Solomon

25

Postwar/Contemporary Poetry

Ginsberg**, Bishop**, Brooks**, Harjo**

International

Region

Texts

26

Africa

Achebe, Things Fall Apart

27

Europe

Kafka, The Trial

28

Middle East

Mahfouz, Midaq Alley

29

India

Roy, The God of Small Things

30

South America

Allende, The House of the Spirits

 

*selections from The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 8th ed.

**selections from The Norton Anthology of American Literature, 7th ed.

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