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The PhD Oral Examination in


Part I: Core List
(the student must offer all of these texts)

  1. Classical
  2. Medieval
  3. Renaissance
  4. Gothic and Romantic
  5. Nineteenth Century
  6. Twentieth Century

Part 2: Supplementary List

Candidates must offer at least twenty literary works in addition to those on their core list. They are not obliged to take all their works from this list (which proffers, however, a range of possibilities), but they must be prepared to defend their own selections to the committee. Candidates may organize the supplementary list in any way they choose (e.g., through particular historical or thematic concentrations).

  1. Classical/Post-Classical
  2. Medieval
  3. l6th/17th Century
  4. 18th Century/Gothic/Romantic
  5. 19th Century
  6. 20th Century:

Part 3: Critical and Theoretical Readings

Candidates should select at least six of the following texts. At least two of these works should have a fairly broad focus (for example, your list may not only consist of works on medieval and Renaissance romance). Candidates may propose supplementary readings if they so choose.

  1. M. M. Bakhtin, "Forms of Time and Chronotype in the Novel" (in particular the sections on "The Greek Romance" and "Chivalric Romance") from The Dialogic Imagination
  2. Gillian Beer, The Romance
  3. Harold Bloom, "The Internalization of Quest Romance" (from The Ringers in the Tower)
  4. Derek Brewer, "The Nature of Romance," Poetica (Tokyo) 9 (1978)
  5. Howard Felperin, Shakespearian Romance
  6. Northrop Frye, The Secular Scripture: A Study of the Structure of Romance
  7. Pamela Gradon, "The Romance Mode," chapter IV of Form and Style in Early English Literature
  8. Fredric Jameson, "Magical Narrative: Romance as Genre," NLH , 7 ( 1975), pp. 135-63
  9. C. S. Lewis, The Allegory of Love
  10. G. Logan and Gordon Teskey (eds.), Unfolded Tales: Essays on Renaissance Romance
  11. Michael McKeon, The Origins of the English Novel 1600-1740 , chapters 1 and 4
  12. Michael Nerlich, Ideology of Adventure , vol. I, chapter 1
  13. Patricia Parker, Inescapable Romance: Studies in the Poetics of a Mode
  14. Robert Scholes and Robert Kellogg, The Nature of Narrative
  15. John Stevens, Medieval Romance: Themes and Approaches
  16. Eugène Vinaver, The Rise of Romance

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