MA Orals Reading List ‑‑ Sixteenth Century
Revised October 2007
Choose at least ten works of literature, and at least two works of criticism.
A. Shorter verse (at least one):
- Skelton, Philip Sparrow, Tunning, and Bowge of Court.
- Wyatt and Surrey, selections in English Sixteenth‑Century Verse, ed. Sylvester, or a comparable collection.
- Gascoigne and Ralegh, selections in Sylvester or elsewhere.
- Spenser (not to be taken with B2), Epithalamion, Shepherd's Calendar, Amoretti.
B. Longer verse (at least one):
- Marlowe, Hero and Leander, and Shakespeare, Venus and Adonis.
- Spenser, Faerie Queene I or III, and Mutability Cantos (not to be taken with A4).
- Sidney, Astrophil and Stella (not to be taken with both C1 and D3).
- Shakespeare, Sonnets.
C. Fictional prose (at least one):
- Sidney, Old Arcadia or (in its non‑composite version) New Arcadia (not to be taken with both B3 and D3).
- Gascoigne, Adventures of Master F. J. (not to be taken with both A3 and E(a)4).
- Lyly, Euphues, or Lodge, Rosalynde.
- Nashe, Unfortunate Traveller.
D. Intellectual prose (at least one):
- More, Utopia.
- Hooker, Laws of Ecclesiastical Polity I.
- Foxe's Book of Martyrs and /or Holinshed's Chronicles (selections TBA).
- Sidney, Apology for Poetry (not to be taken with both B3 and C1).
E. Drama, non‑Shakespearean (at least two):
(a) Feature no more than one from this group:
- Udall, Ralph Roister Doister.
- Sackville and Norton, Gorboduc.
- Gascoigne, Supposes (not to be taken with both A3 and E2).
(b) Feature no more than one from this group:
- Lyly, Endymion.
- Peele, Arraignment of Paris.
- Greene, Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay.
- Kyd, Spanish Tragedy.
- Jonson, Every Man in his Humor.
- Dekker, Shoemaker's Holiday.
(c) Feature no more than one from this group:
- Marlowe, 1 Tamburlaine.
- Marlowe, Doctor Faustus.
F. Shakespeare (at least three):
- Comedy of Errors.
- Richard III.
- Richard II.
- 1 Henry IV.
- Romeo and Juliet.
- Julius Caesar.
- Midsummer Night's Dream.
- As You Like It.
- Merchant of Venice.
- Much Ado About Nothing.
- Twelfth Night.
Critical works (exemplorum gratiâ; may be supplemented from the Ph.D. critical readings list):
- Julia Briggs, This Stage Play World, 2nd ed. (1997)
- Margaret Ferguson, et al., Rewriting the Renaissance (1996)
- Northrop Frye, A Natural Perspective (1965)
- Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self‑Fashioning (1980)
- Thomas Greene, The Light in Troy (1982)
- Richard Helgerson, Forms of Nationhood (1992)
- William Kerrigan and Gordon Braden, The Idea of the Renaissance (1989)
- Katharine Maus, Inwardness and Theater (1995)