Early Modern Literature

Exam Reading List #1

Professor Patricia Cahill


Early Modern Drama

Anonymous: Arden of Faversham (1592)

*Beaumont, Francis (1584-1616): The Knight of Burning Pestle (1607), *The Maid’s Tragedy (1611)

Cary, Elizabeth (1585-1639): The Tragedy of Miriam (1613)

Chapman, George (1559-1634): The Revenge of Bussy D’Ambois (1613)

Dekker, Thomas (1572?-1623): Shoemaker’s Holiday (1599), *The Witch of Edmonton (1623)

Fletcher, John (1579-1625): *The Maid’s Tragedy (1609), The Woman’s Prize (1611)

*Ford, John (1586-1639): *The Witch of Edmonton (1623), The Broken Heart (1633)

Greene, Robert (1560-1592): Friar Bacon and Friar Bungay (1589)

*Heywood, Thomas (1570?-1641): A Woman Killed with Kindness (1603)

Jonson, Ben (1572-1637): Volpone (1606), The Alchemist (1610), Bartholomew Fair (1614), Mercury Vindicated from Alchemists at Court (1615), Oberon (1616)

Kyd, Thomas (1558-1494): The Spanish Tragedy (1582-92)

Lyly, John (1554?-1606): Endymion (1591)

*Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593): *Dido, Queen of Carthage (1588), Dr. Faustus (1588, 1601), Tamburlaine I & II (1590), Edward II (1594), The Jew of Malta (1592)

*Middleton, Thomas (1580-1627): The Revenger’s Tragedy (1607), Women Beware Women (1653), *The Changeling (1653)

Massinger, Philip (1583-1640): A New Way to Pay Old Debts (1630),

Marston, John (1576-1634): The Malcontent (1603)

Milton, John (1608-1674): Comus (1634)

Rowley, William (1585-1626): *The Witch of Edmonton (1623), *The Changeling (1653)

Shakespeare, William (1564-1616): *King John (1588), Two Gentlemen of Verona (1589-91) *Titus Andronicus (1588-93/reg.1594), 2 Henry VI (1590), 3 Henry VI (1591), 1 Henry VI (1591), Richard III (1592), Edward III (1592-3), The Taming of the Shrew (1590-94), Romeo and Juliet (1591-95/p.1597), Richard II (1594), Comedy of Errors (1594/1623), Love’s Labour’s Lost (1594), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (1595), The Merchant of Venice (1596), I Henry IV (1596-97), II Henry IV (1596-97), Henry V (1598-99), Julius Caesar (1599), Much Ado About Nothing (1598-99), As You Like It (1599-1600), Twelfth Night (1601), Troilus and Cressida (1602), Othello (1603), Measure for Measure (1603-04), Hamlet (1601-04), Timon of Athens (1604-05), All’s Well that Ends Well (1604/5), King Lear (1606), Macbeth (1606), Antony and Cleopatra (1606-07), *Pericles, Prince of Tyre (1607-08), Coriolanus (1608), The Winter’s Tale (1609-10), Cymbeline, King of Britain (1610-11), The Tempest (1610-11)

Tourneur, Cyril (1575-1626): The Atheist’s Tragedy (1611)

Webster, John (1580-1634): The White Devil (1612), The Duchess of Malfi (1623)


Early Modern Prose

Bacon, Francis (1561-1626): Novum Organum (1620), The New Atlantis (1627), selected Essays

Donne, John (1572-1631): Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)

Greene, Robert (1560-1592): The Pandosto (1588)

More, Thomas (1478-1535): Utopia (1516)

Nashe, Thomas (1567-1601): The Unfortunate Traveller (1594)

Raleigh, Walter, Sir (1554-1618): The Discovery of the Large, Rich, and Beautiful Empire of Guiana (1596)

Sidney, Philip, Sir (1554-1586): The Defense of Poesy (1579, 1595)


Early Modern Poetry

Jonson, Ben (1572-1637): selections from The Forest

Donne, John (1572-1631): Songs and Sonnets (1635)

Marlowe, Christopher (1564-1593): “The Passionate Shepherd to His Love” (1599), Hero and Leander (1593)

Milton, John (1608-1674): Lycidas (1637)

Raleigh, Walter, Sir (1554-1618): “The Nymph’s Reply to the Shepherd” (1600)

Shakespeare, William (1564-1616): Venus and Adonis (1593), The Rape of Lucrece (1594), selections from Sonnets (1599/p.1609)

Sidney, Philip, Sir (1554-1586): selections from Astrophel and Stella (1581-3, 1591)

Spenser, Edmund, Sir (1552?-1599): The Shepheardes Calendar (1579), The Faerie Queen Book I-IV (1590)

Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of (1517?-1547): selections from Tottel’s Miscellany (1557)

Wyatt, Thomas, Sir (1503?-1542): selections from Tottel’s Miscellany (1557)


Secondary Reading


Cohen, Jeffery Jerome, Ed. Animal, Vegetable, Mineral: Ethics and Objects. Washington: Punctum Books, 2012. http://punctumbooks.com/titles/animal-vegetable-mineral-ethics-and-objects/

Greenblatt, Steven. “The Will to Absolute Play.” Renaissance Self-Fashioning From More to Shakespeare. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2005.

Gurr, Andrew. Playgoing in Shakespeare’s London. 3rd ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004.

Hoffele, Andreas. Stage, Stake, and Scaffold: Humans and Animals in Shakespeare’s Theater. Oxford: Oxford, 2011.

Goldberg, Jonathan. The Seeds of Things: Theorizing Sexuality and Materiality in Renaissance Representations. New York: Fordham University Press, 2009

Mazzio, Carla. “The History of Air: Hamlet and the Trouble with Instruments.” South Central Review 26.1 & 2 (2009): 153-196.

Paster, Gail Kern. Humoring the Body: Emotions and the Shakespearean Stage. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

Shannon, Laurie. The Accommodated Animal: Cosmopolity in Shakespearean Locales. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2013.

Shapin, Steven. The Scientific Revolution. Chicago: Chicago University Press, 1996.

Stern, Tiffany. Documents of Performance in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Woodbridge, Lisa. English Revenge Drama: Money, Resistance, and Equality. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 2010. Print.



Restoration Literature

Exam Reading List #2

Professor Martine Brownley


Behn, Aphra (1640-1689): The Rover (1681), selections from Poems on Several Occasions (1684), Oroonoko (1688)

Boyle, Robert (1627-1691): A Free Inquiry into the Vulgarly Received Notion of Nature (1686)

Browne, Thomas, Sir (1605-1682): Religio Medici (1643)

Bunyan, John (1628-1688): Pilgrim’s Progress (1678)

Cavendish, Margaret, Duchess of Newcastle (1623-1673): Observations upon Experimental Philosophy (1666), The Description of the New World, Called the Blazing World (1666), The Convent of Pleasure (1668)

Dryden, John (1631-1700): Essay on Dramatic Poesy (1668), All for Love (1677), Absalom and Achitophel (1682)

Etheridge, George (1636-1692): The Man of Mode (1676)

Herrick, Robert (1591-1694): selections from Hesperides

Marvell, Andrew (1621-1678): “The Mower Against Gardens,” “Damon the Mower,” “The Mower to the Glowworms,” “The Mower’s Song,” “The Garden,” (1650-2), “An Horatian Ode,” (1650), “To His Coy Mistress” (1650), & “Upon Appleton House” (1651),

Milton, John (1608-1674): “Areopagitica” (1644), Paradise Lost (1674), Paradise Regained (1671), Samson Agonistes (1671)

Otway, Thomas (1652-1685): Venice Preserved (1682)

Shadwell, Thomas (1642-1692): The Virtuoso (1678)

Wilmot, John, Second Earl of Rochester (1647-1680): “Upon Nothing” (1679), “A Satire Against Reason and Mankind” (1679), ”The Disabled Debauchee” (1680), & “The Imperfect Enjoyment” (1680),

Wycherley, William (1640-1715): The Country Wife (1675)


Secondary Reading

Fish, Stanley. Surprised by Sin: The Reader in Paradise Lost. 2nded. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1998.

Gregerson, Linda. The Reformation of the Subject: Spenser, Milton, and the English Protestant Epic. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1995.

McKeon, Michael. The Origins of the English Novel, 1600-1740. Baltimore: John’s Hopkins University Press, 2002.

Picciotto, Joanna. The Labors of Innocence in Early Modern England. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 2010.



Critical Theory

Exam Reading List #3

Professor Geoffrey Bennington


Agamben, Georgio. Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life. Trans. Daniel Heller-Roazen. Stanford: Stanford UP, 1998.

Aristotle. The Politics and Constitution of Athens. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Ed. Trans. Stephen Everson. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1996. (Book I)

Bataille, George. Theory of Religion. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Zone Books, 1992.

Bodin, Jean. On Sovereignty: Four Chapters from Six Books of the Commonwealth. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1992.

Derrida, Jacques:

—–.  Acts of Religion. Ed. Gil Anidjar. New York: Routledge, 2002.

—–. The Animal that That Therefore I Am: Perspectives in Continental Philosophy. Ed. Marie-Louis Mallet. Trans. David Wills. New York: Fordham UP, 2008.

—–. The Beast and the Sovereign. Vols I. Ed. Michel Lisse et. al. Trans. Geoffrey Bennington. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2009.

—-.  Limited Inc. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1972.

—–. “Linguistics and Grammatology.”  Of Grammatology. Trans. Gaytri Spivak. Baltimore: The John’s Hopkins University Press, 1976. 27-73.

—-. “The Law of Genre.” http://www.english.upenn.edu/~cavitch/pdf-library/Derrida_LawofGenre.pdf.

—–. Rogues: Two Essays on Reason. Trans. Pascale-Anne Brault and Michael Nass. Stanford: Stanford University Press, 2005.

—–. Voice and Phenomenon: Introduction to the Problem of Sign in Husserl’s Phenomenology. Trans. Leonard Lawlor. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 2011.

—. ”White Mythology.” Margins of Philosophy. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1982. 207-73.

—–. ”Cogito and the History of Madness” & “Freud and the Scene of Writing.” Writing and Difference. Trans. Alan Bass. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1978. 31-63 & 196-231.

Descartes, Rene. Discourse on Method and Meditations on First Philosophy. 3rd ed. Trans. Donald A. Cress. Indianapolis: Hackett Publishing Company, 1993.

Foucault, Michel. “Part Five.” History of Sexuality Vol I: An Introduction. Trans. Robert Hurley. New York: Random House, 1978. 135-59. 

—–.Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College De France 1977-1978. Ed. Michel Senellart. Trans. Graham Burchell. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007. (Selections)

—–. The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College De France 1977-1978. Ed. Michel Senellart. Trans. Graham Burchell. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. (Selections)

Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Ed. Richard Tuck. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996.

Kantorowicz, Earnst H. The King’s Two Bodies: A Study in Medieval Political Theology. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1997.

Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern. Trans. Catherine Porter. Harvester Wheatsheaf: New York, 1993. 

Locke, John. Two Treatises of Government. Cambridge Texts in the History of Political Thought. Ed. Peter Laslett. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988.

Machiavelli, Niccolo. The Prince. Ed. & Trans. Peter Bondanella and Mark Musa. New York: Penguin Books, 1979.

Morton, Timothy. The Ecological Thought. Boston: Harvard UP 2012. Print.

Schmitt, Carl. Political Theology: Four New Chapters on the Concept of Sovereignty. Trans. Paul W. Kahn. New York: Columbia University Press, 2011.


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