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AN/ANN/AFN-219 Comprehensive Examination in English Literature

General information

This exams closes the Main Tier, and is usally taken at the end of the fifth semester.

Prerequisites: the AN-111, 211, 213, 215, 217 literature courses.

AN-291 is a prerequisite of the Final Examination (AN-501), ANN-219 is a prerequisite of all the ``literary'' specialization courses (i.e., ANN-311-324 and ANN-373-378).

Structure and organisation

Markbooks or IDs, are checked before the exam starts. No dictionaries, textbooks or anthologies can be used during the exam.

Time: three hours.

Form: written. Students are expected to write an essay of c. 4 or 5 pages in which they will have to discuss one comprehensive question out of two set by the examiners. The questions will integrate elements of the four survey courses.

The aim of the exam is to check how much students can integrate information they have received in their literature courses (AN-211, 213, 215, 217), and how much they can develop coheremnt arguments about literature, a literary period, or individual literary works.

Topics vary, of course, from semester to semester, but one typical example may be: ``Techniques of Narrative Poetry from Chaucer to Byron'', or ``The Changing Concept of Time in the History of English Literature''.

General Anthologies and Criticism Recommended for the Examination

List of Topics that may be comprised in the essay questions

  1. Old and Middle English literature
    A tableau of medieval genres: Geoffrey Chaucer, his predecessors (heroic, religious, and elegiac poetry) and contemporaries (lyric poetry, and romance).
  2. Required reading (in modern translation)

  3. Renaissance and Baroque (Early Modern) Literature
    1. Elizabethan Poetry: The Sonneteers

      Required Reading

      • Sir Thomas Wyatt: [Whoso list to hunt...]; [Farewell, Love]
      • Emund Spenser: from Amoretti, Sonnet 54 [Of this worlds theatre in which we stay]; Sonnet 67 [Lyke as a huntsman after weary chase]; Sonnet 75 [One day I wrote her name upon the strand]
      • Sir Philip Sidney: from Astrophil and Stella, Sonnet 5 [It is most true that eyes are formed to serve]; Sonnet 10 [Reason, in faith thou art well served, that still]
      • William Shakespeare: Sonnet 18 [Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?]; Sonnet 55 [Not marble, not the gilded monuments]; Sonnet 71 [No longer mourn for me when I am dead]; Sonnet 129 [Th' expense of spirit in waste of shame]; Sonnet 130 [My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun]
    2. Shakespeare's Plays. The Interpretation of the Term "Renaissance"

      Required Reading

      • William Shakespeare: Richard III; A Midsummer Night's Dream; Hamlet; King Lear, The Tempest
    3. Elizabethan and Jacobean Drama: Thomas Kyd, Christopher Marlowe, John Webster, Ben Jonson

      Required Reading (three plays out of the four titles given below)

      • Thomas Kyd: Spanish Tragedy
      • Christopher Marlowe: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus
      • John Webster: The Duchess of Malfi
      • Ben Jonson: Volpone
    4. English Poetry in the First Half of the 17th Century: Ben Jonson, John Donne, George Herbert, Andrew Marvell. The Interpretation of the Term "Metaphysical"

      Required Reading

      • Ben Jonson: Ode to Himself; Song: To Celia; To the Same
      • John Donne: The Good Morrow; A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning; The Ecstasy; from Holy Sonnets, Sonnet 4 [At the round earth's imagined corners, blow]; Sonnet 10 [Batter my heart, three-personed God, for you]; Sonnet 19 [Oh, to vex me, contraries meet in one]
      • George Herbert: Easter-Wings; The Church-Floor
      • Andrew Marvell: Bermudas; To His Coy Mistress; The Garden
    5. John Milton. The Interpretation of the Term "Baroque"

      Required Reading

      • John Milton: L’Allegro; Il Penseroso, Sonnet 17 [When I consider how my light is spent]; Sonnet 18 [On the Late Massacre in Piedmont]; from Paradise Lost, Book I

      Anthologies and Criticism

      • Fowler, Alastair (ed.). The New Oxford Book of Seventeenth Century Verse
      • Gardner, Helen (ed.). The Metaphysical Poets
      • Jones, Emrys (ed.). The New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse
      • Ország, László (ed.). Szöveggyűjtemény a reneszánsz és a polgári forradalom korának angol irodalmából
      • Alpers, Paul J. (ed.). Edmund Spenser
      • Barber, C.I., Creating Elizabethan Tragedy: The Tragedy of Marlowe and Kyd
      • Barish, Jonas A. (ed.). Jonson: Volpone
      • Braunmuller, A.R. and Hattaway, Michael (eds). The Cambridge Companion to English Renaissance Drama
      • Brown, John Russel: Studying Shakespeare
      • Bush, Douglas, John Milton
      • Carey, John, John Donne: Life, Mind and Art
      • Carey, John (ed.). Andrew Marvell
      • Danielson, Dennis (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Milton
      • Dyson, A.E. and Lovelock, Julian (eds). Milton: Paradise Lost
      • Géher István. Shakespeare olvasókönyv: Tükörképünk 37 darabban
      • Hammond, Gerald (ed.). Elizabethan Poetry: Lyrical and Narrative
      • Hammond, Gerald (ed.). The Metaphysical Poets
      • Holdsworth, R.V. (ed.). Webster: "The White Devil" and "The Duchess of Malfi"
      • Jones, Peter (ed.). Shakespeare: The Sonnets
      • Jump, John (ed.). Marlowe: Doctor Faustus
      • Jump, John (ed.). Shakespeare: Hamlet
      • Kermode, Frank (ed.). Shakespeare: King Lear
      • Kéry. László. Shakespeare tragédiái
      • Kéry. László. Shakespeare vígjátékai
      • Lovelock, Julian (ed.). Donne: Songs and Sonnets
      • Muir, Kenneth and Schoenbaum, S. (eds). A New Companion to Shakespeare Studies
      • Palmer, D.J., Shakespeare: The Tempest
      • Price, Antony (ed.). Shakespeare: A Midsummer Night's Dream
      • Wells, Stanley (ed.). The Cambridge Companion to Shakespeare Studies
  4. 18th-century Literature
    1. English Poetry in the 18th century

      Required Reading

      • Alexander Pope, An Essay on Man: Epistle 1. Of the Nature and State of Man, with Respect to the Universe; The Rape of the Lock; Ode on Solitude
      • Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard
      • Robert Burns, Holy Willie's Prayer; A Fond Kiss, A Red, Red Rose; Auld Lang Syne, For A' That and A' That.
    2. Fiction in the 18th century

      Required Reading

      • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe or Moll Flanders
      • Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels
      • Henry Fielding: Tom Jones
      • Samuel Richardson, Pamela (excerpts)
      • Laurence Sterne: The Life and Opinions of Tristam Shandy
      • Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice and another novel
      • Anthologies and Criticism
      • Donoghue, Denis. Jonathan Swift
      • Lonsdale, Roger (ed.). Dryden to Johnson (Sphere History of Literature, Vol. 4)
      • Kada Júlia (ed.). Huszonöt fontos angol regény
      • Kocztur Gizella. Regény és személyiség. Az angol regény születése: Defoe - Richardson - Fielding
      • Lonsdale, Roger. The New Oxford Book of Eighteenth Century Verse (with fresh critical introductions)
      • Morris, David B. Alexander Pope: The Genius of Sense
      • Probynm Clive. English Fiction of the Eighteenth Century, 1700-1789
      • Róna Éva, Szöveggyűjtemény a restauráció és a XVIII. század angol irodalmából
      • Stephen, Leslie: History of English Thought in the 18th c. in two volumes
      • Tillotson, Geoffrey. On the Poetry of Pope
      • Tillotson, Geoffrey. Pope and Human Nature
      • Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel
  5. 19th-century Literature
    1. The Romantic Movement in Poetry

      Required Reading

      • William Blake: From Poetical Sketches: Mad Song, Song (How sweet I roamed) Songs of Innocence and Experience
        From The Marriage of Heaven and Hell: The Proverbs of Hell, A Song of Liberty
      • William Wordsworth: We Are Seven, Lines Composed a Few Miles above Tintern Abbey..., The Lucy poems ("Strange Fits of Passion", "She Dwelt Among the Untrodden Ways", "Three Years She Grew", "A Slumber Did My Spirit Seal"), Composed Upon Westminster Bridge, It is a Beauteous Evening..., The World is Too Much With Us, I wandered Lonely As a Cloud, Immortality Ode, The Solitary Reaper, London, 1802
        From The Prelude: Book First
        Criticism: Preface to "Lyrical Ballads" (18Ö)
      • Samuel Taylor Coleridge: The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Kubla Khan, Christabel, Frost at Midnight, Dejection: an Ode
        Criticism: From Biographia Literaria: Chapters XIII, XIV
      • George Gordon, Lord Byron: The Destruction of Sennacherib, She walks in Beauty, When We Two Parted, So We'll Go No More A-Roving, Darkness, Prometheus, On This Day I Complete My Thirty-Sixth Year
        From Childe Harold's Pilgrimage: "Adieu, adieu! my native shore...", To Inez (in Canto I)
        From Don Juan: Canto the First
        Excerpts from Letters, Journals, Diaries
      • Percy Bysshe Shelley: Ozymandias, Song to the Men of England, England in 1819, Ode to the West Wind, The Indian Serenade, The Cloud, To the Skylark, The Mask of Anarchy, Adonais
        From Prometheus Unbound: "Preface", "The Song of Asia" (Act II)
        Criticism: The Defence of Poetry John Kea
        ts: On First Looking Into Chapman's Homer, When I have Fears, On the Sea, On Sitting Down to Read King Lear Once Again, On the Elgin Marbles, The Eve of St Agnes, La Belle Dame Sans Merci, Ode to a Nightingale, Ode on a Grecian Urn, To Psyche, To Autumn, Bright Star
        From Fall of Hyperion: Induction
        Excerpts from the Letters John Clare: From The Shepherd's Calendar: "January", I Am
    2. Fiction in the 19th Century

      Required Reading: Choose one novel by 6 of the following authors:

      • Sir Walter Scott
      • Charlotte Brontë
      • Emily Brontë
      • Mary Shelley
      • Charles Dickens
      • William Makepeace Thackeray
      • Mrs Gaskell
      • George Eliot
      • Thomas Hardy
    3. Victorian Poetry

      Required Reading

      • Alfred, Lord Tennyson: Mariana, The Lady of Shallott, The Lotus-Eaters, From In Memoriam A.H.H.: "Prologue", I-III, L, LIV, LVI, Break, break, break, The splendour falls..., Tears, Idle Tears, Crossing the Bar
      • Robert Browning: My Last Duchess, A Toccata of Galuppi's, Home-Thoughts, From Abroad
      • Elisabeth Barrett Browning: From Sonnets from the Portuguese 1, 43
      • Dante Gabriel Rossetti: The Blessed Damozel, Sudden Light, From The House of Life: Sonnets LXIX, LXXVII
      • Christina Rossetti: Song, Remember
      • Algernon Charles Swinburne: The Garden of Proserpine
      • Gerard Manley Hopkins: God's Grandeur, Spring, The Windhover
      • Thomas Hardy: The Darkling Thrush, Under the Waterfall, Neutral Tones

      Anthologies and Criticism

      • Szenczi Miklós (ed.). Szöveggyűjtemény a XIX. sz. korának angol irodalmából
      • Abrams, M.H. (ed.) English Romantic Poets: Modern Essays in Criticism
      • Abrams, M.H. The Correspondent Breeze: Essays on English Romanticism
      • Abrams, M.H. The Mirror and the Lamp
      • Abrams, M.H. Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature
      • Bate, W.J. From Classic to Romantic
      • Bloom, Harold. A Visionary Company. A Reading of English Romantic Poetry
      • Bostetter, E.E. The Romantic Ventriloquists
      • Bowra, M. The Romantic Imagination
      • Frye, Northrop. A Study of English Romanticism
      • Perkins, D. The Quest for Permanence
      • Raimond, Jean and Watson, J.R. A Handbook to English Romanticism
      • Stevenson, Lionel. The Pre-Raphaelite Poets
      • Armstrong, Isobel. Victorian Poetry. Poetry, Poetics and Politics
      • Richards, Bernard. English Poetry of the Victorian Period 1830-1890
      • Cecil, David. Early Victorian Novelists
      • Fraiman, Susan. Unbecoming Women: British Women Writers and the Novel of Development
      • Garret, Peter. The Victorian Multiplot Novel
      • Gilbert-Gubar. The Mad Woman in the Attic
      • Kada Júlia (ed.). Huszonöt fontos angol regény
      • Kettle, A. An Introduction to the English Novel
      • Kiely, Robert. The Romantic Novel in England
      • Miller, J. Hillis. The Form of Victorian Fiction
  6. English Literature in the 20th century
    1. Poetry. Modernism and After: Yeats, Eliot, Auden and D. Thomas

      Required Reading

      • W. B. Yeats: To the Rose upon the Rood of Time, The Lake Isle of
      • Innisfree, Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitation, The Wild Swans
      • at Coole, An Irish Airman foresees his Death, The Fisherman, Easter 1916, The Second Coming, Sailing to Byzantium, Leda and the Swan, Among School Children, A Dialogue of Self and Soul, Lapis Lazuli, The Circus Animals' Desertion, Under Ben Bulben
      • T. S. Eliot: The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, The Waste Land
      • W. H. Auden: Ode, A Summer Night, Paysage Moralisé, A Bride in the 30's, Dover, Musé des Beaux Arts, In Memory of William Butler Yeats, The Shield of Achilles
      • Dylan Thomas: Before I knocked and flesh let enter, After the Funeral, Poem in October, Fern Hill, Do not go gentle into that good night
    2. Prose. Tradition and Experiment: James, Conrad, Joyce, Woolf and Lawrence

      Required Reading

      • Henry James: The Portrait of a Lady
      • Joseph Conrad: Heart of Darkness or Lord Jim
      • James Joyce: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man
      • Virginia Woolf: Mrs Dalloway or To the Lighthouse
      • D. H. Lawrence: Sons and Lovers or The Rainbow or Women in Love
    3. Drama. Realism, Poetry and the Absurd: Shaw, Osborne, Yeats, Eliot, Beckett

      Required Reading

      • G. B. Shaw: Widowers' Houses or Mrs Warren's Profession, Saint Joan
      • John Osborne: Look Back in Anger
      • W. B. Yeats: The Countess Cathleen or The Shadowy Waters or The Only Jealousy of Emer
      • T. S. Eliot: Murder in the Cathedral or The Cocktail Party
      • Samuel Beckett: Waiting for Godot or Endgame Criticism
      • Báti László and Kristó Nagy István (eds.). Az angol irodalom a huszadik században
      • Bradbury, Malcolm. The Modern British Novel
      • Esslin, Martin. The Theatre of the Absurd.
      • Hamilton, Ian (ed.). The Oxford Companion to Twentieth-Century Poetry
      • Innes, Christopher. Modern British Drama, 1890-1990
      • Kada Júlia (ed.). Huszonöt fontos angol regény
      • Perkins, David. A History of Modern Poetry. 2 vols.
      • Stevenson, Randall. Modernist Fiction: An Introduction
      • Stewart, J. I. M. Eight Modern Writers. Vol. 12 of the Oxford History of English Literature
      • Taylor, John Russell. Anger and After: A Guide to the New British Drama

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