Given the limited time we have with our majors, we must acknowledge that the readings they undertake in the English curriculum are only a stone’s skip across a wide and rich expanse of literary waters. The list above is likewise not a comprehensive list of literary touchstones, but it is intended as a guide as you follow your own intellectual interests and curiosities. We expect that in your courses you’ll read substantially but not exhaustively from the works listed here, and that you’ll also read a number of works that do not appear on the list.

Let your preparation for the comprehensive exam be an occasion to revisit the novels, poems, and plays that you’ve read closely in your classes as well as an opportunity to extend your independent explorations of the literary canon.

Your professors recommend this guide as a useful map for you in these explorations, both while you are in Sewanee and in the years to follow.