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Renaissance and Enlightenment

Reading List for Majors

Shakespeare:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Twelfth Night
  • The Tempest
  • Richard II
  • Henry IV, part 1
  • Antony and Cleopatra
  • King Lear
  • Othello
  • Hamlet
  • Macbeth
  • Sonnet 18 ("Shall I compare thee to a summer's day")
  • Sonnet 29 ("When in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes")
  • Sonnet 73 ("That time of year thou mayst in me behold")
  • Sonnet 146 ("Poor soul, the center of my sinful earth")

Jonson:

  • Volpone
  • The Alchemist

Donne:

  • "The Ecstasy"
  • "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"
  • "Holy Sonnet 14" ("Batter my heart, three-personed God")

Herbert:

  • "The Collar"
  • "Love (III)"

Marvell:

  • "To His Coy Mistress"
  • "The Garden"

Milton:

  • Paradise Lost

Dryden:

  • "MacFlecknoe"

Pope:

  • "The Rape of the Lock"

Swift:

  • Gulliver's Travels

Fielding:

  • Joseph Andrews

Burney:

  • Evelina

Boswell:

  • Life of Johnson (abridged) (Penguin Edition)
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