The Reading Lists

I. Fiction, Serialization, and the Periodical Press 1820-1920

England (18)
Mitford, Mary. Selections from Our Village (begun in 1819)
Dickens, Charles. Sketches by Boz (1836); Pickwick Papers (1836-1837)
Dickens, Charles. Oliver Twist (1837-1839 in Bentley’s Miscellany)
Reynolds, George. Selections from Mysteries of London (1844)
Thackeray, William Makepeace. Vanity Fair (1847-1848 in Punch Magazine)
Gaskell, Elizabeth. North and South (1854-1855 in Household Words)
Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations (1860-1861 in All the Year Round)
Braddon, Mary Elizabeth. Lady Audley’s Secret (1862 in Sixpenny Magazine, 1863 in London Journal)
Collins, Wilkie. Armadale (1864-1865 in Cornhill Magazine)
Oliphant, Margaret. Miss Marjoribanks (1865-1866 in Blackwood’s Magazine)
Trollope, Anthony. The Way We Live Now (1874-1875 – anachronistic serialization)
Wilde, Oscar. The Picture of Dorian Gray (1890 in Lippincott’s Magazine)
Gissing, George. New Grub Street (1891)
Hardy, Thomas. Tess of the D’Urbervilles (bowdlerized version, 1891 in the Graphic)
Kipling, Rudyard. Kim (1900-1901 in McClure’s and Cassell’s Magazine)
Conrad, Joseph. The Secret Agent (1906-1907 in Ridgeway’s Weekly)
Doyle, Arthur Conan. The Lost World (1912 in the Strand)
Joyce, James. A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man (1914-1915 in the Egoist)

America (14)
Irving, Washington. Sketch Book of Geoffrey Crayon (1819-1820)
Hawthorne, Nathaniel. Selections from Twice Told Tales (1837)
Poe, Edgar Allen. “The Fall of the House of Usher” (1839 in Burton’s Gentleman’s Magazine), “The Murders in the Rue Morgue” (1841 in Graham’s Magazine), “The Mystery of Marie Roget” (1842-1843 serialized in Snowden Ladies’ Magazine)  
Beecher-Stowe, Harriet. Uncle Tom’s Cabin (1851-1852 in The National Era)
Melville, Herman. Bartleby the Scrivener (1853 in Putnam’s Magazine), Benito Cereno (1855 in Putnam’s Magazine)
Southworth, E.D.E.N. The Hidden Hand (1859 in The New York Ledger)
Delaney, Martin. Blake, or the Huts of America (1859 in Anglo-African Magazine)
James, Henry. Portrait of a Lady (1880-1881 in Atlantic Monthly)
Howells, William Dean. The Rise of Silas Lapham (1884 in The Century)
Jewett, Sarah Orne. The Country of the Pointer Firs (1896 in Atlantic Monthly)
Crane, Stephen. Whilomville Stories (1899-1900 in Harper’s New Monthly Magazine)
Sa, Zitkala. Autobiographical vignettes (1900 in The Atlantic Monthly)
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. Herland (1915 in Forerunner)
Wharton, Edith. The Age of Innocence (1920 in The Pictorial Review)

Criticism (10)
Altick, Robert. The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass Reading Public (1957)
Ricoeur, Paul. Time and Narrative (1984)
Kittler, Friedrich. Discourse Networks (1985)
Lund, Michael. America’s Continuing Story: An Introduction to Serial Fiction 1850-1900 (1993)
Sutherland, John. Victorian Fiction: Writers, Readers, Publishers (1995)
Jordan, John and Patten, Robert, eds. Literature in the Marketplace: Nineteenth-Century British Publishing and Reading Practices. (2003)
Okker, Patricia. Social Stories: The Magazine Novel in Nineteenth-Century America (2003)
Mcgill, Meredith. American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting 1834-1854 (2003)
Claybaugh, Amanda. The Novel of Purpose: Literature and Social Reform in the Anglo-American World (2007)
Garcha, Amanpal. From Sketch to Novel: The Development of Victorian Fiction (2009)


II. Victorian Literature

Prose (8):
Carlyle, Thomas. Sartor Resartus (1834)
Darwin, Charles. The Origin of Species (1859)
Mill, John Stuart. On Liberty (1859), The Subjection of Women (1861)
Arnold, Matthew. “The Function of Criticism at the Present Time” (1864), Culture and Anarchy (1869)
Ruskin, John. “Of Ideas of Beauty” (1843), “Of the Pathetic Fallacy” (1856), “Of Queens’ Gardens,” “Of Kings’ Treasuries” (1865)
Pater, Walter. The Renaissance (1873)
Lee, Vernon. Selections from Belcaro (1883)
Wilde, Oscar. “The Critic as Artist” (1890)

Fiction (8)
Martineau, Harriet. Deerbrook (1839)
Bronte, Emily. Wuthering Heights (1847)
Bronte, Charlotte. Villette (1853)
Eliot, George. Middlemarch (1872)
Meredith, George. The Egoist (1879)
Schreiner, Olive. The Story of an African Farm (1883)
Stevenson, Robert Louis. Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886)
Butler, Samuel. The Way of all Flesh (1903)

Poetry (11):

Tennyson, Alfred Lord. “The Lady of Shalott,” “Tithonus,” “The Palace of Art,” “The Lotus Eaters,” “Ulysses,” “Godiva,” “Aylmer’s Field,” In Memoriam, Maud: A Monodrama, “Lucretius,” “The Ancient Sage,” “The Coming of Arthur” (Idylls of the King) (1832-1869) 
Browning, Robert. “Porphyria’s Lover,”  “Johannes Agricola on God,” “My Last Duchess,” “Soliloquy of the Spanish Cloister,” “Pictor Ignotus,” “The Bishop Orders His Tomb at St. Praxed’s Church,” “Love among the Ruins,” “Fra Lippo Lippi,” “Andrea del Sarto,” “Bishop Blougram’s Apology, “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” “An Epistle Containing the Strange Medical Experience of Karshish, the Arab Physician,” “Cleon,” “Caliban upon Setebos,” “A Death in the Desert” (1836-1864)
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel. “Jenny,” “The Blessed Damozel,” “ Troy Town,” “Sister Helen,”“My Sister’s Sleep,” “Dante at Verona,” “The Burden of Nineveh,” “Eden Bower” (1847-1881)
Browning, Elizabeth Barrett. Sonnets from the Portuguese (1850), Aurora Leigh (1857)
Rossetti, Christina. “Goblin Market,” “The Prince’s Progress,” “Song [‘When I amdead my dearest’],” “In an Artist’s Studio,” “Resurrection,” “Christian and Jew: A Dialogue,” “The Iniquity of the Fathers upon the Children [Under the Rose],” “The Lowest Room,” “A Christmas Carol [In the bleak mid-winter’],” “A Birthday” (1862-1890)
Swinburne, Algernon. Poems and Ballads (1866)
Webster, Augusta. Portraits (1870)
Thomson, James. The City of Dreadful Night (1874)
Meynell, Alice. Preludes (1875)
Field, Michael. Sight and Song (1892)
Hopkins, Gerard Manley. “The Wreck of Deutschland,” “Binsey Poplars,” “CarrionComfort,” “The Windhover,” “Tom’s Garland,” “I Wake and Feel the Fell of Dark Not Day,” “No Worst, There Is None. Pitched Past Pitch of Grief,” “As Kingfisher’s Catch Fire Dragonflies Draw Flame,” “That Nature Is a Heraclitean Fire and of the Comfort of the Resurrection,” “God’s Grandeur,” “Felix Randal,” “Pied Beauty,” “Spring and Fall,” “Harry Ploughman” (pub. 1918)

Drama (4):
Bulwer-Lytton, Edward. Money: A Comedy in Five Acts (1840)
Hazlewood, C.H. Adaptation of Lady Audley’s Secret (1863)
Shaw, George Bernard. Mrs. Warren’s Profession (1893)
Wilde, Oscar. The Importance of Being Earnest (1895)

Criticism (10)
Williams, Raymond. Culture and Society: 1780-1950 (1958)
Levine, George and William Madden, eds. The Art of Victorian Prose (1968)
Chapple, J.A.V. Science and Literature in the Nineteenth Century (1986)
Booth, Michael. Theatre in the Victorian Age (1991)
Armstrong, Isobel. Victorian Poetry: Poetry, Politics, Poetics (1993)
Morris, Pam. Realism (2003)
Bristow, Joseph. The fin de si├Ęcle poem: English Literary Culture and the 1890s (2005)
Davis, Philip. The Victorians (2005)
Ablow, Rachel. The Marriage of Minds: Reading Sympathy in the Victorian Marriage Plot (2007)
Hadley, Elaine. Living Liberalism: Practical Citizenship in Victorian Britain (2010)

III. Twentieth-Century British and Anglophone Literature

Fiction (16)
Wells, H.G. Tono-Bungay (1908)
Forster, E.M. Howards End (1910)
Ford, Ford Maddox. The Good Soldier (1915)
West, Rebecca. The Return of the Soldier (1918)
Lawrence, D.H. Women in Love (1920)
Joyce, James. Ulysses (1922)
Mansfield, Katherine. The Garden Party and Other Stories (1922)
Rhys, Jean. Voyage in the Dark (1934)
Waugh, Evelyn. Scoop (1938)
Woolf, Virginia. Between the Acts (1941)
Beckett, Samuel. Molloy (1951)
Selvon, Sam. The Lonely Londoners (1956)
Carter, Angela. Nights at the Circus (1984)
Rushdie, Salman. Satanic Verses (1988)
Ishiguro, Kazuo. Remains of the Day (1989)
Mitchell, David. Cloud Atlas (2004)

Plays (3)
Synge, John M. The Playboy of the Western World (1907)
Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot (1953)
Friel, Brian. Translations (1980)

Poetry (10)
Hardy, Thomas. Selected poems (1912-1913)
Eliot, T.S. Wasteland (1922); Four Quartets (1943)
Lawrence, D.H. Birds, Beasts, and Flowers (1923)
H.D. Sea Garden (1925)
Auden, W.H. and Macneice, Louis. Letters from Iceland (1937)
Yeats, William Butler. Selected Poems (from Rosenthal edition)
Larkin, Philip. High Windows (1974)
Walcott, Derek.  Omeros (1990)
Smith, Stevie. New Selected Poems (1988)
Heaney, Seamus. Opened Ground: Selected Poems (1966-1996)

Prose (1)
Forster, E.M. Aspects of the Novel (1927)

Criticism (10)
Williams, Raymond. Culture and Society (I, III) (1958)
Kenner, Hugh. A Sinking Island: The Modern English Writers (1988)
Jameson, Frederic. Postmodernism (1991)
Waugh, Patricia. Practicing Postmodernism: Reading Modernism (1992)
Rainey, Lawrence. Institutions of Modernism (1998)
Morrisson, Mark. The Public Face of Modernism (2001)
North, Michael. Reading 1922 (2002)
Esty, Jed. A Shrinking Island (2003)
Wollaeger, Mark. Modernism, Media, Propaganda (2006)
Walkowitz, Rebecca. Cosmopolitan Style: Modernism Beyond the Nation (2006)