Fall 2013 MA Exam
The Fall 2013 Masters Exam will be given on Friday, November 9 (1:30-5:30 pm) and Saturday November 9 (9 am - 12 pm). 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: email@example.com, or 832-2750. This will assure you an invitation to any informational or preparatory meetings.
Shakespeare, William. The Winter's Tale. Recommended Edition: The Winter's Tale: Texts and Contexts. Ed. Mario DiGangi. Bedford Shakespeare. Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's, 2007.
Sterne, Laurence. Tristram Shandy. Recommended Edition: The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy, Gentleman. Ed. Ian Campbell Ross. Oxford World Classics. NY: Oxford UP, 2009.
Foster, Hannah. The Coquette. Recommended Edition: The Coquette and the Boarding School. Ed. Jennifer Harris and Bryan Waterman. Norton Critical Editions. NY: Norton, 2012.
Austen, Jane. Sense and Sensibility. Recommended Edition: Sense and Sensibility. Ed. Claudia L. Johnson. Norton Critical Editions. NY: Norton, 2001.
Jacobs. Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Recommended Edition: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. Ed. Frances Smith Foster and Nellie Y. McKay. Norton Critical Edition. NY: Norton, 2000.
Odets, Clifford. Awake and Sing. Recommended Edition: Waiting for Lefty and Other Plays. NY: Grove, 1994.
Plath, Sylvia. Collected Poems. Recommended Edition: The Collected Poems (P.S.). NY: Harper Perennial Modern Classics, 2008.
Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy: A Novel. NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2002.
Roth, Philip. American Pastoral. NY: Vintage, 1998.
Macheray, Pierre. A Theory of LIterary Production. NY: Routledge, 2006.
Note: Please read any prefaces, introductions, critical writing, biography, and cultural material included in the editions.
Secondary Reading on Reserve
Shakespeare: Howard Felperin, "Our Carver's Excellence," Shakespearean Romance (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1972), 211-245.
Sterne: Wayne Booth, "Telling as Showing," Rhetoric of Fiction (Chicago: U of Chicago P, 1961), 211-240.
Foster: Ian Finseth, "'A Melancholy Tale': Rhetoric, Fiction, and Passion in The Coquette," Studies in the Novel 33.2 (2001): 125-59.
Austen: David Kaufmann, "Law and Propriety, Sense and Sensibility: Austen on the Cusp of Modernity," ELH 59.2 (1992): 385-408; Benedict, Barbara M. "Jane Austen's 'Sense and Sensibility': the politics of point of view." Philological Quarterly 69.4 (1990): 453+
Jacobs: Anne Bradford Warner, "Harriet Jacobs at Home in Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl," Southern Quarterly 45.3 (2008): 30-47; Karen Sanchez-Eppler, "Righting Slavery and Writing Sex," Touching Liberty: Abolition, Feminism, and the Politics of the Body (Berkeley: U of Califronia P, 1993), 83-104.
Odets: Margaret Brenman-Gibson, Clifford Odets: American Playwright (NY: Atheneum, 1981).
Plath: Helen Vendler, Last Looks, Last Books (Princeton: Princeton UP, 2010).
Kincaid: Kristen Mahlis, "Gender and Exile: Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy," Modern Fiction Studies 44.1 (199810: 164-83; Edyta Osckawicz, "Jamaica Kincaid's Lucy: Cultural 'Translation' as a Case of Creative Exploration of the Past," MELUS 21.3 (1996):143-157.
Roth: Hana Wirth-Nesher, "Philip Roth's Counter Pastoral: The Return of History," Reading Philip Roth's American Pastoral, ed. Velichka D. Ivanova (Toulouse: Presses Universitaires du Mirail, 2011), 27-32; Debra Shostak, "The 'Very Sudden Thing': Narration and the Fall into History," Reading Philip Roth's American Pastoral, 165-78.
Macherey: Terry Eagleton, “Macherey and Marxist Literary Theory," Against the Grain: Selected Essays 19s75-85 (London: Verso, 1986), 9-22.
These are available on the English Department shelf in the Reserve Room of Burritt Library, or online through the CCSU Library digital reserve. The only exception is Brenman-Gibson on Clifford Odets, which is a complete volume therefore not available in digital reserve.
Note: Unless otherwise noted, all secondary texts are required reading.
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.)
For more information about the comprehensive exam, contact Dr. Leonidas, chair of the department's graduate committee.
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