Syllabus/achievement requirements

Primary texts in Norton Anthology, 2 vols, 10th edn, except where otherwise indicated. The Literature Online (ProQuest) database is available to all students through the University subscription


  • Thomas Malory, Morte Darthur, ‘The Death of Arthur’ and ‘The Deaths of Lancelot and Guinevere’
  • Sir Thomas More, Utopia
  • John Milton, from Aereopagitica
  • Samuel Richardson, Clarissa (preface, available on Canvas)
  • Frances Burney, Evelina (preface, available on Canvas)
  • William Wordsworth, Lyrical Ballads (extracts from preface)
  • George Eliot, from ‘Silly Novels by Lady Novelists’
  • Blast, ‘Long Live the Vortex’
  • Virginia Woolf, ‘A Room of One’s Own’
  • Ngugi Wa Thiong’o, ‘Decolonising the Mind’
  • Philip Sidney, ‘The Defence of Poesy’
  • Percy Shelley, from ‘A Defence of Poetry’
  • Salman Rushdie, ‘Is Nothing Sacred?’ (available on Canvas)
  • Zadie Smith, ‘The Waiter’s Wife’


  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199536279)
  • Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe (Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 0393964523)
  • Jane Austen, Persuasion (Oxford University Press, ISBN 0199535558)
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs Dalloway


  • Geoffrey Chaucer, ‘To His Scribe Adam’
  • Old English Riddles (available on Canvas)
  • Anon, ‘The Wanderer’
  • Thomas Wyatt, ‘Whoso List to Hunt’
  • William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18
  • John Donne, Holy Sonnet 14
  • John Donne, ‘The Flea’
  • William Wordsworth, ‘Lines Composed a Few Miles Above Tintern Abbey’
  • John Keats, ‘Ode to a Nightingale’
  • Percy Shelley, ‘Ozymandias’
  • Gerard Manley Hopkins, ‘The Windhover’ and ‘As Kingfishers Catch Fire’
  • Christina Rossetti, ‘Goblin Market’
  • Wilfred Owen, ‘Dulce et Decorum Est’
  • T. E. Hulme, ‘Autumn’
  • T. S. Eliot, ‘The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock’
  • Seamus Heaney, ‘The Grauballe Man’
  • Carol Ann Duffy, ‘Prayer’ (Literature Online), ‘Anne Hathaway’ (available on Canvas), ‘Medusa’
  • Tony Harrison, ‘National Trust’ (Literature Online)
  • M. Nourbese Philip, ‘Discourse on the Logic of Language’


  • Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot
  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Norton Critical Edition, ISBN 0393978192)
  • Oscar Wilde, The Importance of Being Earnest

Obligatory secondary reading

  • Dominic Rainsford, Studying Literature in English (Taylor & Francis, ISBN 0415699231)
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