Victorian to Modern Long List

The PhD Oral Examination

in the

Victorian to Modern Period

(July 2018)


Choose forty authors representing various literary genres, in addition to six secondary works.



Charles Baudelaire (1821-1867)
Christina Rossetti (1828-1894)

Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828-1882)

George Meredith (1828-1909)

James Thomson (1834-1882)

William Morris (1834-96)

Robert Bridges (1834-1930)
A.C. Swinburne (1837-1909)

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

Stéphane Mallarmé (1842-1898)
Charles Montagu Doughty (1843-1926)
Michael Field [Katherine Bradley (1846-1914) and Edith Cooper (1862-1913)]
Gerard Manley Hopkins (1844-1889)

Alice Meynell (1847-1922)

Charlotte Mew (1869-1928)
W.E. Henley (1849-1903)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

A.E. Housman (1859-1936)

Katherine Tynan (1861-1931)

Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941)

Arthur Symons (1865-1945)

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Ernest Dowson (1867-1900)

Lionel Johnson (1867-1902)

D.H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Ezra Pound (1885-1972)

T. S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Wilfred Owen (1893-1918)



William Morris (1834-96)

Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Ouida (Mary Louise de la Ramee) (1839-1908)

Thomas Hardy (1840-1928)

W.H. Hudson (1841-1922)

Henry James (1843-1916)

Bram Stoker (1847-1912)

Alice Meynell (1847-1922)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

George Moore (1852-1933)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Marie Corelli (1855-1924)

Ella Hepworth Dixon (1855-1932)

Olive Schreiner (1855-1920)

H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925)

Vernon Lee [Violet Paget] (1856-1935)

George Gissing (1857-1903)

Joseph Conrad (1857-1924)

Mona Caird (1858-1932)

Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930)

George Egerton [Mary Chavelita Bright] (1859-1945)

Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936)

H.G. Wells (1866-1946)

Arnold Bennett (1867-1931)

H.H. Munro (1870-1916)

Max Beerbohm (1872-1956)

John Cowper Powys (1872-1963)
Ford Madox Ford (1873-1939)

Dorothy Richardson (1873-1957)

G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

E.M. Forster (1879-1970)

Virginia Woolf (1882-1941)

James Joyce (1882-1941)

Wyndham Lewis (1882-1957)

D. H. Lawrence (1885-1930)

Katherine Mansfield (1888-1923)





W.S. Gilbert (1804-89) & Arthur Sullivan (1842-1900)

Henrik Ibsen (1828-1906)

August Strindberg (1849-1912)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Arthur Pinero (1855-1934)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904)

J.M. Barrie (1860-1937)

W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936)

J.M. Synge (1871-1909)



Nonfiction Prose


Charles Darwin (1809-1882)

John Ruskin (1819-1900)

Matthew Arnold (1822-1888)

William Morris (1834-1896)

Samuel Butler (1835-1902)

Charles Doughty (1843-1926)

Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900)

Alice Meynell (1847-1922)

Annie Besant (1847-1933)

Edmund Gosse (1849-1903)

Walter Pater (1839-1894)

Max Nordau (1849-1923)

Robert Louis Stevenson (1850-94)

Lafcadio Hearn (1850-1904)

Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)

Sigmund Freud 1856-1939)

Vernon Lee [Violet Paget] (1856-1935)

George Bernard Shaw (1856-1950)

Beatrice Webb (1858-1943)

Sidney Webb (1859-1947)

Havelock Ellis (1859-1939)

Henri Bergson (1859-1941)

Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947)

W.B. Yeats (1865-1939)

Arthur Symons (1865-1945)

Roger Fry (1866-1934)

Bertrand Russell (1872-1970)

G.E. Moore (1873-1958)

Winston Churchill (1874-1965)

Lytton Strachey (1880-1932)

Oswald Spengler (1880-1936)

T.E. Hulme (1873-1917)

John Maynard Keynes (1883-1946)

T.E. Lawrence (1888-1935)

T.S. Eliot (1888-1965)

Rebecca West (1892-1983)



Secondary works in Victorian and Modernist Studies

Stephen Arata, Fictions of Loss

Ann Ardis, New Women, New Novels

Nina Auerbach, Woman and the Demon : The Life of a Victorian Myth

Alison Booth, Greatness Engendered

Patrick Brantlinger, Rule of Darkness: British Literature and Imperialism

Joseph Bristow, ed., The Fin-de-Siècle Poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s

Carol Christ, Victorian and Modern Poetics

Bram Dijkstra, Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siecle Culture

Linda Dowling, Language and Decadence in the Victorian Fin de Siècle; The Vulgarization of Art

Jessica Feldman, Victorian Modernism

Rita Felski, The Gender of Modernity

Jonathan Freedman, Professions of Taste: Henry James, British Aestheticism and Commodity Culture

Regenia Gagnier, Idylls of the Marketplace: Oscar Wilde and the Victorian Public

Graham Hough, The Last Romantics

Andreas Huyssen, After the Great Divide

Frank Kermode, Romantic Image

Stephen Kern, The Culture of Time and Space

Michael Levenson, A Genealogy of Modernism

Laura Marcus, Dreams of Modernity

Jerome J. McGann: Black Riders: The Visible Language of Modernism

Perry Meisel, The Myth of the Modern

Talia Schaffer, The Forgotten Female Aesthetes

Naomi Schor, Reading in Detail: Aesthetics and the Feminine

Elaine Showalter, Sexual Anarchy: Gender and Culture at the fin de Siecle

Richard Stein, The Ritual of Interpretation

Jesse Oak Taylor, The Sky of Our Manufacture

Raymond Williams, Culture and Society, 1780-1950

Andrea Zemgulys, Modernism and the Locations of Literary Heritage