Reading lists

for General Comprehensive and Field of Study examinations

Examination reading lists

PhD students sit the following examinations as part of the candidacy process: a General Comprehensive examination, a written Field of Study Examination and an oral Field of Study examination. Field of Study examinations are based on one of the approved Field Reading Lists. For further details about examination processes, please refer to the candidacy requirements.

Field reading lists

You may change up to 20% of texts in the specific reading list you choose, unless otherwise specified. Changes must be clearly indicated. The Supervisory Committee must approve all amendments, using the Approval of Field of Study Reading List, regardless of whether you have made any changes. The list must follow recommended MLA Handbook formatting. Final reading lists must have representation across nations, genres, and periods.  

American Literature

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British Literature from 1900 to the Present

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Canadian Literature

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Creative Writing

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Early Modern Literature

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Literary Theory

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Media and Digital Humanities

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Medieval Literature

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Prose Fiction

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Restoration and 18th Century Literature

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Romantic-Period Literature

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Women's Writing in English

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Graduate program contacts

Contact us for any questions you may have about the programs we offer in the Department of English.

Graduate Program Administrator

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Carole Taylor

Associate Head (Graduate Program)

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Dr. Suzette Mayr

Creative Writing Coordinator

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Dr. Vivek Shraya