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Spring 2014 MA Exam 

The Spring Masters Exam will be given on a Friday and Saturday, April 11 and 12.. The registration form is available here.

Note: If you are planning to take the exam, or even strongly considering it, please contact Dr. Eric Leonidas, chair of the English Department's Graduate Committee: leonidase@ccsu.edu, or 832-2750.  This will assure you an invitation to any informational or preparatory meetings.


Pearl Poet] The Pearl. Trans. Jane Draycott. Manchester: Carcanet, 2011. Note: This is the required translation.

Shakespeare, William. Merchant of Venice. Ed. Leah S. Marcus. Norton Critical Editions. NY: Norton, 2005.

Bradstreet, Anne. Poems. The Works of Anne Bradstreet. Ed. Jeannine Hensley.   Cambridge: Belknap, 2010.

Johnson, Samuel. The History of Rasselas, Prince of Abissinia. Ed. JP Hardy. NY: Oxford UP, 1989.

Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights. Ed. Linda H. Peterson. Case Study in Contemporary Criticism. Second Edition. NY: Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2003.

Forster, E.M. A Passage to India.

Oneill, Eugene. Emperor Jones.

O’Connor, Flannery. The Complete Stories. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1971.

Lessing, Doris. Golden Notebook. NY: Harper, 1999.

Said, Edward.  Orientalism. NY: Vintage, 1979.

Note: Please read any prefaces, introductions, critical writing, biography, and cultural material included in the editions.

Secondary Reading on Reserve

The titles below are currently being processed.  At present, you can reach them through the library electronic databases.  They will be available through electronic reserve shortly, at which time I'll post the link here.

Owen, Corey. “The Prudence of Pearl.Chaucer Review. 45.4 (2011): 411-34: Finlayson, John. “Pearl: Landscape and Vision.” Studies in Philology 71.3 (1974): 314-343.

Cohen, Walter. “The Merchant of Venice and the Possibilities of Historical Criticism.” ELH 49.2 (1982): 765-89.

Schweitzer, Ivy. “Anne Bradstreet Wrestles with the Renaissance.” Early American Literature 23.3 (1988): 291-313.

Smith, Duane H. “Repetitive Patterns in Samuel Johnson’s Rasselas.” Studies in English Literature 36.3 (1996): 623-640.

Newman, Beth. "The Situation of the Looker-On: Gender, Narration and Gaze in Wuthering Heights." PMLA 105 (1990): 1029-41; Armstrong, Nancy. "Emily Brontë In and Out of Her Time." Genre 15 (1982): 243-64. Rpt. in Emile Bronte, Wuthering Heights: Authoritative Texts, Background, Criticism, ed. William Sale and Richad Dunn, 3/e (NY: Norton, 1990), 365-73.

Land, Stephen K. Challenge and Conventionality in the Fiction of E.M. Forster. NY: AMS, 1990; Christensen, Timothy. “Bearing the White Man’s Burden: Misrecognition and Cultural Difference in Forster’s Passage to India.” NOVEL: A Forum on Fiction 39.2 (1996): 155-78.

Hite, Molly. “Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook and The Four-Gated City: Ideology, Coherence, and Possibility.” Twentieth-Century Literature 34.1 (1988): 16-29. Carey, John L. “Art and Reality in The Golden Notebook.” Contemporary Literature 14.4 (1973): 437-56.. Hinz, Evelyn J and John J. Teunissen. “The Pietà as Icon in The Golden Notebook. Contemporary Literature 14.4 (1973): 457-70.

Coulthard, A.R. “From Sermon to Parable: Four Conversion Stories by Flannery O'Connor.” American Literature 55.1 (1983): 55-71; Shinn, Thelma J. “Flannery O’Connor and the Violence of Grace.” Contemporary Literature 9.1 (1968): 58-73.

Said, Edward. “Orientalism Reconsidered.” Cultural Critique 1 (1985): 89-107.

Sample Questions

For a list of sample questions, contact the chair below. (Note: These are not the actual questions that will be on the exam. Rather, they are intended to help you gauge how prepared you'll need to be.)

Contact Information

For more information about the comprehensive exam, contact Dr. Leonidas, chair of the department's graduate committee.

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