100 1613

English M.A. Exam

  • Period: Jan 1, 900 to

    Reading List Timeline

    This is the amount of time (approximately) covered by the UTSA M.A. English Exam.
  • Mar 15, 1000

    Beowulf

    Beowulf
    Epic Poem, Sui Generis (of its own genre)
    Required
    *Generally dated between the 8th century and eary 11th century.
  • Mar 15, 1380

    The Canterbury Tales

    The Canterbury Tales
    Poetry, Frame Narrative, Social Commentary, Satire
    Required
    *A specific publication date is not applicable since it is believed to be unfinished. William Caxton's first version created from the now-lost manuscript was printed in 1478.
  • Mar 15, 1380

    Troilus and Criseyde

    Troilus and Criseyde
    Poetry, Courtly or Chivalric Romance
    Optional
    *Troilus and Criseyde was most likely completely around the mid-1380s.
  • Mar 15, 1390

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

    Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
    Alliterative Romance, Chicalric Romance, Adventure.
    Required
    *Believed to have been written around the late 14th century.
  • Mar 15, 1390

    Pearl

    Pearl
    Dream Vision, Allegory
    Required
    *Believed to have been written around the late 14th century.
  • Mar 15, 1580

    Sir Philip Sidney

    Sonnet sequence (Petrarchan) and essay.
    Required
    *Sir Philip Sidney was born November 30, 1554 and died October 17, 1586.
  • Titus Andronicus

    Titus Andronicus
    Tragedy
    Optional
    *Believed to have been written around 1588-1593.
  • The Speeches of Queen Elizabeth I

    Speeches (Political)
    Required
    *The Speech to the Troops at Tilbury was delivered August 19, 1588, and The Golden Speech was delivered November 30, 1601.
  • The Jew of Malta

    The Jew of Malta
    Tragedy
    Optional
    *It was most likely writen in 1589 or 1590.
  • The Faerie Queene

    The Faerie Queene
    Epic Poem
    Required
    *The poem is actualy incomplete as Spenser dies before he could finish it. The first half was published in 1590, while the second half was published in 1596.
  • Henry IV, Part I

    Henry IV, Part I
    History
    Required
    *Believed to have been written no later than 1597.
  • Henry IV Part, II

    Henry IV Part, II
    History
    Optional
    *Believed to have been written between 1596 and 1599.
  • Hamlet

    Hamlet
    Tragedy
    Required
    *Believed to have been written between 1599 and 1601.
  • Twelfth Night

    Twelfth Night
    Comedy
    Optional
    *Believed to have been written around 1601-1602.
  • Doctor Faustus

    Doctor Faustus
    Tragedy
    Optional
    *Published 11 years after Marlowe's death.
  • The Tempest

    The Tempest
    Romance
    Required
    *Belived to have been written around 1610-1611.
  • John Donne

    John Donne
    Satire, Love Poetry, Elegies, Sermons
    Required
    *Donne was born 21 January 1572 and died 31 March 1631
  • The Blazing World

    The Blazing World
    Satire, Romance, Adventure, Autibiography, Science Fiction, and Utopian Fiction
    Required
    *Although it was published in 1666, an exact date could not be found.
  • Paradise Lost

    Paradise Lost
    Epic poem in blank verse. Theodicy.
    Required
    *While Paradise Lost was published in 1667, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • John Milton

    John Milton
    Poetry
    Required
    *The required poetry ranges from 1629 to 1671.
  • The Rover

    The Rover
    Play, Restoration Comedy
    Required
    *Although it was published in 1688, an exact date could not be found.
  • Oroonoko

    Oroonoko
    Prose Fiction, Restoration Narrative
    Required
    *Although it was published in 1688, an exact date could not be found.
  • Gulliver's Travels

    Gulliver's Travels
    Satire that uses Fantasy
    Optional
    *Although it was published in 1726, an exact date could not be found.
  • Alexander Pope

    Alexander Pope
    Satirical Verse, also famous for the Heroic Couplet
    Required
    *The works required on the list were written somewhere between 1711 and 1735.
  • Tom Jones

    Tom Jones
    Social Commentary, Satire, Bildungsroman
    Required
  • Phillis Wheatley

    Phillis Wheatley
    Includes African American poetry with themes of Christianity and classicism.
    Required
    *Whetaley wrote the majority of her work between 1771 and 1774.
  • The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano

    The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
    Slave Narrative
    Required
    *Although it was published in 1789, an exact date could not be found.
  • Pride and Prejudice

    Pride and Prejudice
    Comedy of Manners
    Optional
  • Frankenstein

    Frankenstein
    Horror, Gothic, Romance, Science Fiction
    Optional
    *Although it was published in 1688, an exact date could not be found.
  • Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave

    Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An American Slave
    Includes Slave Narrative, Memoir, and Bildungsroman.
    Required
    *While this work was published in 1845, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • William Wordsworth

    William Wordsworth
    Romantic Age Poetry
    Required
    *1850 is when The Prelude was written.
  • Sojourner Truth

    Feminist and Abolitionist Speech
    Required
    *The Ain't I a Woman speech was delivered at the Women's Convention in Akron, Ohio.
  • Moby Dick or The Whale

    Moby Dick or The Whale
    American Romanticism, Adventure
    Required
  • Bleak House

    Bleak House
    Satire, Romance, Melodrama, Social Criticism,Satire, Detective Fiction
    Optional
    *Published in twenty monthly installments between March 1852 and September 1853
  • Frances E.W. Harper

    Includes Feminism and poems about slavery.
    Required
    *Harper was born September 24, 1825 and died February 22, 1911.
  • Walt Whitman

    Walt Whitman
    Includes poetry that closely resembles prose and humanism.
    Required
    *While Leaves of Grass was published in 1855, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

    Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
    Includes Slave Narrative, Coming of Age, and Feminist Literature.
    Required
    *While the work was published in 1861, portions were published in serial form before then.
  • Middlemarch

    Middlemarch
    Panoramic, Realism, Social Commentary
    Required
    *published in eight parts over two-month intervals from December 1871 through December 1872 with the last two parts appearing in two successive months.
  • Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
    Satire, Adventure
    Required
    *While Huckleberry Finn was published in 1884, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • Emily Dickinson

    Emily Dickinson
    Includes Poetry, Transcendentalism, and a wide array of themes.
    Required
    *While a good amount of Dickinson's poetry was published in 1890, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • The Age of Innocence

    The Age of Innocence
    Includes Social Commentary and Satire
    Optional
    *While The Age of Innocence was published in 1920, a specific day and month could not be found
  • T.S. Eliot

    T.S. Eliot
    Modernist Poetry
    Required
    *The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock was published in 1915 and The Waste Land was published in 1922.
  • To The Lighthouse

    To The Lighthouse
    Stream of Consciousness, Modernist
    Required
  • The Sound and the Fury

    The Sound and the Fury
    Souther Gothic
    Optional
    *Although it was published in 1929, an exact date could not be found.
  • George Washington Gomez

    George Washington Gomez
    Mexicotexan Novel, Coming of Age
    Required
    *Although it was published in 1990, Paredes wrote it in the 1940s.
  • Invisible Man

    Invisible Man
    Bildungsroman, Social Commentary
    Required
    *While Invisible Man was published in 1952, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • Waiting for Godot

    Waiting for Godot
    Theater of the Absurd, Tragicomedy
    Required
  • Thedore Roethke

    Thedore Roethke
    Confesional Poetry
    Required
    *The Waking was published in 1953. All of the poems have various publication dates.
  • Pale Fire

    Pale Fire
    Includes Poetry, Comdedy, and Tragedy. Also Metafiction and Commentary.
    Optional
    *While Pale Fire was published in 1962, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • Sylvia Plath

    Sylvia Plath
    Confessional Poetry
    Required
    *Plath wrote most of her famous work between 1961-1963.
  • In Cold Blood

    In Cold Blood
    True Crime and Non-fiction
    Optional
    *While In Cold Blood was published in 1966, an actual day and month could not be found.
  • Flannery O'Connor

    Flannery O'Connor
    Southern Gothic, Grotesque, Realistic
    Optional
    *While Flannery O'Connor's Complete Short Stories was published in 1971, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • Song of Solomon

    Song of Solomon
    Bildungsroman, part Slave Narrative
    Required
    *While Song of Solomon was published in 1977, a specific day and month could not be found.
  • Emplumada

    Emplumada
    Chicana, Feminist, Political Poetry
    Required
  • Gloria Anzaldua

    Gloria Anzaldua
    Chicana, Feminists, Political, Queer Theory
    Required
  • Cherrie Moraga

    Chicanon, Feminist, Political, Queer Theory
    Required
    Loving in the War Years was published in 1983, The Last Generation was published in 1993.
  • Breath, Eyes, Memory

    Breath, Eyes, Memory
    Includes Haitian-American fiction, young adult literature, and gender identity.
    Optional
    *While Breath, Eyes, Memory was published in 1994, a specific day and month could not be found
  • African American Women's Language

    African American Women's Language
    Linguistics, African American Women's Language
    Optional