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Early Modern Literature

Students are also expected to familiarize themselves with current and historically important scholarship in the field.

Works prefaced by an asterisk are required, and may not be replaced by substitution.

Drama

(Dates are of first performance, when known.)

1. Anon. Arden of Faversham (1588-92?)
2. Beaumont, John. The Knight of the Burning Pestle (1607)
3. Brome, Richard. A Jovial Crew (1641)
4. Cary, Elizabeth. Tragedy of Mariam (1613) OR Edward II (1627)
5. Chapman, George. Bussy D'Ambois (1610-11)
6. Dekker, Thomas. The Shoemaker's Holiday (1599)
7. Ford, John. Tis Pity She's a Whore (1629-33)
8. Jonson, Ben. The Alchemist (1610)
9. -----. Volpone (1606)
10. -----. Bartholomew Fair (1614)
11. -----. Masque of Blackness (1605)
12. Kyd, Thomas. The Spanish Tragedy (1585-87?)
13. Marlowe, Christopher. Doctor Faustus (1588-9)
14. -----. Edward II (1591-3)
15. -----. The Jew of Malta (1589-90)
16. Marston, John. The Malcontent (1602-4)
17. Middleton, Thomas [?]. The Revenger's Tragedy (1607)
18. Middleton, Thomas and William Rowley. The Changeling (1622)
19. Milton, John. Comus (1634)
20. Rastell, John. The Four Elements (c. 1520)
21. Shakespeare, William. * Hamlet (1599-1601)
22. -----. * King Lear (1605-6)
23. -----. * Othello (1603-04)
24. -----. The Tempest (1611)
25. -----. Henry IV, Part One (1596)
26. -----. Henry V (1599)
27. -----. A Midsummer Night's Dream (1595)
28. -----. Measure for Measure (1604)
29. Skelton, John. Magnyfycence
30. Webster, John. The Duchess of Malfi (1613-14)

Verse

31. Crashaw, Richard. "The Flaming Heart"; "The Weeper"; "A Hymn to . . . Saint Teresa" (1652)
32. Daniel, Samuel. From Delia 33, 45, 46 (1592)
33. Donne, John. "The good-morrow"; "The sunne Rising"; "The Canonization"; Aire and Angels"; "The Flea"; "The Curse"; "The Apparition"; "A Valediction: Forbidding Mourning"; "The Extasie"; "The Relic"; "A Nocturnal upon St. Lucy's Day"; "The Baite": (1633); "Holy Sonnets," 1-12 (1633),An Anatomy of the World (1612), Elegy 16, Elegy 19 (1633)
34. Drayton, Michael. Poly-Olbion Songs 1, 4, and 17 (1612); "Ode. To the Virginian Voyage" (1606)
35. Elizabeth I. "The Doubt of Future Foes" (c. 1568), "On Monsieur's Departure" (c. 1582)
36. Golding, Arthur, trans. From Metamorphoses: Description of the Golden Age (1567)
37. Herbert, George. "The Altar"; "Easter Wings"; "Jordan (l)"; "Jordan (ll); "The Collar"; "Anagram"; "The Pearl"; "Paradise" (1633)
38. Herrick, Robert. "Delight in Disorder"; "Corinna's going A-Maying"; "To the Virgins"; Upon Julia's Clothes" "The Argument of his Book" (1648)
39. Jonson, Ben. "To Penshurst" (1616); "Inviting a Friend to Supper" (1616); "To my First Son" (1616); "To my First Daughter" (1616); "To the Memory of my Beloved, the Author, Mr William Shakespeare" (1623); "An Execration upon Vulcan"
40. Lanyer, Aemilia. From Salve Deus Rex Judaeorum"To the Virtuous Reader," "Eve's Apology in Defense of Women" (1611); "The Description of Cooke-ham" (1611)
41. Marlowe, Christopher. Hero and Leander (1599)
42. Marvell, Andrew. "To His Coy Mistress"; "The Garden"; the Mower poems; "Upon Appleton House" (1651); "Bermudas" (1681)
43. Milton, John. * Paradise Lost (1667-8)
44. -----. "Lycidas" (1638), Samson Agonistes (1671)
45. Shakespeare, William. Sonnets (1609), Venus and Adonis (1593), The Rape of Lucrece (1594)
46. Sidney, Mary Herbert, Countess of Pembroke. A Dialogue betweene two shepheards, Thenot, and Piers, in praise of Astrea (1590); "To the Angel Spirit of the Most Excellent Sir Philip Sidney" (c. 1595)
47. Sidney, Philip. Astrophil and Stella (1591)
48. Skelton, John. "The Tunning of Elinour Rumming" (1517); "Philip Sparrow," first part.
49. Spenser, Edmund. * The Faerie Queene, Books 1, 2, 3 (1591); Mutability Cantos (1596)
50. -----. The Shepheardes Calendar (1579), Amoretti 1, 34, 54, 67, 74, 75, "Epithalamion" (1595)
51. Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of. Sonnets; "So cruel prison"; "My Lute Awake"; "Wyatt Resteth Here" (1557); Aeneid Book 2 (1557)
52. Vaughan, Henry. "Regeneration"; "The Retreat" (1650)
53. Wroth, Mary. Urania, sonnets 6, 9, 14, 19, 22, 27, 32, 48, "A Crown of Sonnets Dedicated to Love" (1621)
54. Wyatt, Thomas. Sonnets, "Mine Own John Poins" (1557)

Prose

55. Amadas, Philip and Arthur Barlowe, from The First Voyage Made to Virginia (1589)
56. Ascham, Roger. The Schoolmaster (1570)
57. Askew, Anne, from The First Examination of Anne Askew (1546-7)
58. Anger, Jane. Iane Anger her Protection for Women (1589)
59. Bacon, Francis. from The Essays: Of Truth, Of Death, Of Vicissitude of Things, Of Studies, Of Gardens, Of Plantations (1597, 1625); and The Advancement of Learning (1605)
60. Browne, Thomas. Religio Medici (1642)
61. Burton, Richard, from The Anatomy of Melancholy: "Democritus Junior to the Reader"; "Love Melancholy" (1621)
62. Cavendish, Margaret, The Description of a New World, Called The Blazing World (1666)
63. Castiglione, Baldassare. The Book of the Courtier (trans. Thomas Hoby, 1561)
64. Chaloner, Thomas, trans. Erasmus' Praise of Folly. (1543)
65. Clifford, Lady Anne. From Anne Clifford's Diary for 1616-19
66. Donne, John. Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions (1624)
67. Elizabeth I. "Speech to the Troops at Tilbury" (c. 1588)
68. Elyot, Thomas. The Book Named the Governor (1531)
69. Florio, John, trans. Montaigne's Essais: On idleness, On solitude, On the length of life, On Cannibals (1603)
70. Gosson, Stephen. The School of Abuse (1579)
71. Hariot, Thomas. A Brief and True Report (1588)
72. Hobbes, Thomas. Leviathan, Book l (1651)
73. Hooker, Richard. Lawes of Ecclesiastical Polity, Preface and Book I (1593).
74. James I. Basilikon Doron (1603)
75. Jonson, Ben. Timber, or Discoveries (1641)
76. Makin, Bathsua. An Essay to Revive the Ancient Education of Gentlewomen (1673)
77. Milton, John. Areopagitica (1642)
78. More, Thomas. Utopia (1516)
79. Nashe, Thomas. The Unfortunate Traveller (1594) OR John Lyly, Euphues (1578)
80. Puttenham, George. The Arte of English Poesie (1589)
81. Sidney, Philip. The Defense of Poesy (1595)