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HISTORY OF ENGLISH LITERATURE (part 1)

READING LIST

Old English Literature

“The Wanderer”, “The Seafarer”, “Deor’s Lament”

“Charm for Unfruitful Land”, “For a Swarm of Bees”

Beowulf

The Dream of the Rood

Supplementary list:

“The Wife’s Lament”

“The Husband’s Message”

“The Lover’s Message”

“The Battle of Maldon”

Riddles: Cuckoo, Horn.

Middle English Literature

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

Geoffrey Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales

English Medieval Drama: Everyman or Mankind

Supplementary list:

Layamon: Brut (fragments)

Marie de France: Lais

John Gower: Confessio Amantis

Thomas Malory: Morte d’Arthur (fragments)

Julian of Norwich: Showings of Divine Love (fragments)

Margery Kempe: The Book of Margery Kempe (fragments)

York Mystery cycle

Mundus et Infans

Henry Medwall: Fulgens et Lucrece.

Renaissance Literature

Thomas Kyd: The Spanish Tragedy

Christopher Marlowe: Doctor Faustus

Thomas Wyatt: selected sonnets

Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey: selected sonnets

William Shakespeare: Sonnets (2, 18, 20, 55, 73, 106, 116, 130, 136, 141, 144, 147)

William Shakespeare: As You Like It, A Mid Summer Night’s Dream

William Shakespeare: Hamlet, King Lear, Macbeth, Romeo and Juliet, Henry V, The Tempest

Ben Jonson: Volpone

Philip Sidney: Apology for Poetry

Metaphysical Poetry

John Donne: “Valediction: Forbidden Mourning”, “The Flea”, “Elegy XIX”, “The Anniversary”

George Herbert: “The Collar”, “The Pearl”

Cavalier Poetry

Robert Herrick: “The Hock-cart, or Harvest Home”, “The Argument of His Book”

Richard Crashaw: “The Weeper”, “The Flaming Heart”

Andrew Marvell: “To His Coy Mistress”, “The Definition of Love”

Supplementary list:

Christopher Marlowe: Hero and Leander (fragments)

Edmund Spencer: The Fairie Queen (Canto I from “The First Book”)

John Milton: Paradise Lost (Books I and II)

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