ENG 1a List

English 1a: each time the course is taught, a substantial number of these texts will be used.

Short Stories:

Geoffrey Chaucer     “Wife of Bath’s Tale” and Prologue

Charles Chesnutt      “The Wife of His  Youth”

Edwige Danticat,      “Children of the Sea”

Junot Diaz                 “Drown”

Arthur Conan Doyle  “Man with the Twisted Lip”

Maria Edgeworth       “Grateful Negro”

George Eliot              “The Lifted Veil”

Charlotte Perkins Gilman “Yellow Wallpaper”

Eliza Haywood           “Fantomina”

Ernest Hemingway     “Hills like White Elephants”

James Joyce                “The Dead”

Katherine Mansfield   “Garden Party”

Herman Melville        “Bartleby the Scrivener”

V. S. Naipaul              “Tell me Who to Kill”

Grace Paley                “Long Distance Runner”

Edgar Allen Poe         “The Purloined Letter”

Jean Rhys                   “The Day they Burned the Books”



Gwendolyn Brooks

Robert Browning     Men and Women

Emily Dickinson

John Donne              Holy Sonnets

T.S. Eliot                  The Wasteland

Robert Frost

Langston Hughes

John Keats               Odes

John Milton             Paradise Lost

Sylvia Plath

Alexander Pope      Rape of the Lock

Mary Robinson

William Shakespeare   Sonnets

Edmund Spencer     Faerie Queene

Derek Walcott

Walt Whitman         Leaves of Grass

Thomas Wyatt         Sonnets

W B Yeats


The Wakefield Master

Second Shepherd’s Play
Oxford Treasury of English Literature—1904
Clarence Griffin Child, ed.

Samuel Beckett               Waiting for Godot

Elizabeth Cary                Tragedy of Mariam

Caryl Churchill               Cloud Nine

William Congreve           Way of the World

John Gay                         Beggar’s Opera

Susan Glaspell                Trifles

Tony Kushner                 Angels in America

Christopher Marlowe     Faustus
A & B texts (1604/1616; Bevington/Rasmussen)
Alternate version: (Harvard University Library, 1897, Gollancz)

Harold Pinter                 Birthday Party

William Shakespeare Lear; Henry IV pt. 1; Tempest

Percy Bysshe Shelley    The Cenci

Richard Brinsley Sheridan   School for Scandal

Wole Soyinka              Death and the King’s Horseman

Oscar Wilde                The Importance of Being Earnest

Tennessee Williams    Glass Menagerie

August Wilson            Piano Lesson


Chinua Achebe     Things Fall Apart

Jane Austen          Emma

Aphra Behn          Oronooko

Charlotte Bronte   Jane Eyre

Joseph Conrad      Heart of Darkness

Daniel Defoe        Robinson Crusoe

Charles Dickens   Great Expectations

Ralph Ellison        Invisible Man

William Faulkner  Sound and the Fury

Thomas Hardy      Tess

Nathaniel Hawthorne   Scarlet Letter

Zora Neale Hurston      Their Eyes were Watching God

Henry James         Turn of the Screw

James Joyce          Portrait of the Artist

Thomas More       Utopia

Arundhati Roy      God of Small Things

Salman Rushdie    Midnight’s Children

Ken Saro-Wiwa     Sozaboy

Mary Shelley         Frankenstein

Laurence Sterne    Tristram Shandy

Amos Tutuola        Palm Wine Drinkard

Virginia Woolf       Mrs. Dalloway

Nonfiction Prose (essays/autobiography)

Addison and Steele     Spectator essays

Gloria Anzaldua         “ How to Tame a Wild Tongue”

Mary Astell                “A Serious Proposal to the Ladies” (1694)

Thomas Browne         Urn-Burial

Edmund Burke           “Reflections on the Revolution in France”

Thomas Carlyle          “Signs of the Times”

Charles Darwin           from The Origin of Species  (e.g. “Natural Selection”)

Thomas De Quincey   Confessions of an English Opium-Eater (1821)

Frederick Douglass     A Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave (1845)

W. E. B. DuBois         “On the Training of Black Men” from Souls of Black Folk

R. W. Emerson            “Circles” “Nature” “Self Reliance”

Olaudah Equiano         The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, the African

Thomas Hobbes           from Leviathan (e.g. chs. XV-XVII)

Thomas Jefferson (et al) “The Declaration of Independence”

Jamaica  Kincaid         A Small Place

M. L. King                 “Letter from Birmingham Jail”

Abraham Lincoln      “Gettysburg Address”

John Locke                “Letter concerning Toleration”

Audre Lorde              "Poetry is Not a Luxury"

John Milton               Areopagitica

Florence Nightingale     “Cassandra”

John Ruskin              “The Nature of the Gothic”

Sara Suleri                 Meatless Days

Jonathan Swift          “A Modest Proposal”

H. D. Thoreau           Walden


Robert Altman         Nashville 

Kenneth Branagh     Henry V

Jane Campion          The Piano

Charlie Chaplin        City Lights

Francis Ford Coppola    The Godfather

Thomas Edison         Kinetoscope Shorts

Victor Fleming         Gone with the Wind

Stephen Frears          My Beautiful Laundrette

D. W. Griffiths          Birth of a Nation

Edmund Goulding    Grand Hotel  

Perry Henzell            Harder They Come

Alfred Hitchcock      Rear Window

John Huston              Maltese Falcon

Stanely Kubrick        Clockwork Orange

Mira Nair                  Monsoon Wedding

Orson Welles            Citizen Kane

Peter Weir                 Gallipoli


Louis Althusser     “Ideology and Ideological State Apparatus”

K. A. Appiah         “Is the Post in Postcolonial the Same as the Post in Postmodernism?”

Aristotle                 from Poetics

Mikhail Bakhtin     from “Discourse in the Novel”

Roland Barthes      "The Reality Effect" “Death of the Author”

Walter Benjamin    “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”; “The Storyteller”

Pierre Bourdieu,     from Distinction

Cleanth Brooks     “The Formalist Critics”

Judith Butler          Gender Trouble  (Chapter 1)

Jacques Derrida     “Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences”

Frantz Fanon         “The Negro and Psychopathology”  

Michel  Foucault    "What is an Author?"

Sigmund Freud     “The Uncanny” “Notes on the Mystic Writing Tablet”

Henry L. Gates, Jr.,   “The Blackness of Blackness: A Critique of the Sign and the Signifying Monkey”

Roman Jacobson     “What is Poetry?”

Frederic Jameson     Postmodernism (chapter 1: The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism)

Karl Marx                from Capital (Vol I: on the commodity fetish)

Chandra Mohanty    “Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses”

Toni Morrison          from Playing in the Dark

Laura Mulvey         “Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema”

Plato                        from The Republic

Edward Said            Orientalism  (Introduction)

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick “Introduction: Axiomatic” from Epistemology of the Closet

Raymond Williams     from Keywords (art, aesthetic, criticism, culture, literature, society)

William Wordsworth    preface to Lyrical Ballads