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English Tripos, 2003: Prescribed texts and specified topics

The Faculty Board of English give notice that they have prescribed the following texts, periods, and portions of subjects for special study for the English Tripos, 2003 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 284):

Part I

Paper 1. English literature and its background, 1300-1550

Chaucer, Trolius and Criseyde, Book 3, lines 1-1414 (Riverside Chaucer, ed. Larry D. Benson), Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, lines 1535-1997 (ed. J. R. R. Tolkein and E. V. Gordon, revised N. Davis); Piers Plowman, B, Passus XVIII (ed. A. V. C. Schmidt, Everyman)

Topics on which optional questions will be set: Christ's Body; Passion and Lyricism; Idleness and Inactivity.

Paper 2. English literature and its background, 1500-1700

Specified topics: Play and Playing; Religion and the Supernatural; Rhyme and Rhythm in Poetry.

Paper 3. English literature and its background, 1700-1830

Specified topics: Landscape; Literature and Science; Greece and Rome.

Paper 4. English literature and its background, since 1830

Specified topics: (1830-1900) Dramatic Monologue; Pre-Raphaelitism.

(1900-Present) Dramatic Monologue; Englishness.

Paper 5. Shakespeare


Paper 6. Literary criticism

The following topics are specified for special study.

Section A: Practical Criticism

Section B: The Function of Criticism; Theories of Versification; Writing and the Unconscious.

Paper 7. Foreign language and literature: passages for translation and comment

French Flaubert, Trois contes.

German Franz Kafka, 'Das Urteil', 'In der Strafkolonie', 'Ein Landartz', 'Ein Bericht fur eine Akademie', 'Ein Hungerkunstler', 'Erstes Leid', 'Eine kleine Frau', 'Josefine, die Sangerin oder Das Volk der Mause', in Sämtliche Erzählungen (Fischer Verlag, Frankfurt am Main, 1980).

Greek Sophocles, The Women of Trachis, ed. P. E. Easterling (Cambridge University Press, 1982).

Italian Dante, Purgatorio, I-XVIII (No edition specified).

Latin (classical) Horace: Satires, I.i, I.iv, I.vi; I.ix, II.i; II.ii; II.v; II.vi; II.vii. Recommended edition; Loeb, ed H. Rushton Fairclough (1926, many times reprinted).

Latin (medieval) Die Lieder des Archipoeta, ed. Karl Langosch (Stuttgart, 1965, repr. 1993).

Old English 'The Wanderer', 'The Wife's Lament', 'Dream of the Rood', 'Beowulf', lines 702-897, (in Bruce Mitchell and Fred Robinson, A Guide to Old English, 5th ed. (Oxford: Blackwell).

Spanish Cervantes, 'El celoso extremeño', 'La fuerza de la sangre', 'El casamiento engañoso', 'El coloquio de los perros', eds. Florencio Sevilla Arroyo and Antonia Rey Hazas (Madrid, 1991).

Paper 8. Early medieval literature and its background, 1066 - c. 1350 (also serves as Paper 14 of Part II and as Paper 11 of Part I of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Tripos)

Set Texts:

Early Middle English

All the following four texts and line numbers are taken from A Book of Middle English, ed. J. A. Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, second edition (Oxford: Blackwell, 1996): Owl and Nightingale, lines 1-252; Lawman's Brut, lines 1-173; Ancrene Wisse, lines 1-93; Harley Lyrics, in Selection 13, g-k; Ywain and Gawain, ed. Albert B. Friedman and Norman T. Harrington, EETS 254 (London: Oxford University Press, 1964; rpt. 1982), lines 1-312.


La Chanson de Roland, ed. F. Whitehead, rev. T. D. Hemming (London: Bristol Classical Press, 1993), lines 1671-1760, 2375-2475; Le Mystère d'Adam, in Medieval Drama, ed. David Bevington (Boston, 1975), lines 113-357; Marie de France, 'Laüstic' and 'Chevrefoil', in Lais, ed. Alfred Ewert (1944; rpt. Oxford, Blackwell, 1987); The Romance of Horn, ed. Mildred K. Pope, Anglo-Norman Texts, 9-10 (Oxford: Blackwell, 1955), lines 4099-4308; Beroul, Le Roman de Tristan, ed. Alfred Ewert (1939; rpt. Oxford: Blackwell, 1988), lines 1835-2088.


Nigel of Longchamp, Speculum Stultorum, ed. J. H. Mozley and R. R. Raymo (Berkeley: University of California Press, 1960), lines 1503-1708; Latin Lyrics: as in Faculty Booklet; Walter Map, De Nugis Curialium, ed. M. R. James, rev. C.N.L. Brooke and R.A.B. Mynors (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1983), p. 224, line 17 - p. 232, line 28; Andreas Capellanus, De Amore, ed. P. G. Walsh (London: Duckworth, 1982), p. 204, para. 229 - p. 110, para. 246, end.

Part II

Group B (i)

Paper 4. Medieval English literature, 1066-1500 (also serves as Paper 13 of Part II of the Anglo-Saxon, Norse, and Celtic Tripos)

Subject for special study: Comedy and Performance.

Paper 5. Special period of English literature: 1500-1547.

Paper 6. Special period of English literature: 1847-1872.

Paper 7. Special subject I

(a) Shakespeare and the development of English literature: Shakespeare in performance.

(b) There is currently no paper.

(c) Spenser and his time.

(d) Samuel Johnson.

Paper 10. The novel

Paper 11. American literature

Group B (ii)

Paper 12. Special Subject II

(a) Commonwealth and international literature in English.

Set Texts: Rudyard Kipling, Kim, (1901; Oxford, 1987); Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children (Cape, 1981); Timothy Findlay, Not Wanted on the Voyage (1984; Macmillan, 1985); Tsitsi Dangarembga, Nervous Conditions (Women's Press, 1988); Derek Walcott, Dream on Monkey Mountain (Cape, 1972); Bessie Head, When Rain Clouds Gather (1968; Heinemann, 1987); The Oxford Book of Modern Australian Verse, ed. Peter Porter (Oxford, 1996).

(b) Literature and visual culture.

Specified topic for Section B : The Grand Tour, 1750-1900

(c) Literature in English since 1970.

Group C (ii)

Paper 24. A special period or subject in French literature, thought, or history (Paper 11 of Part II of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos, in any year in which the subject announced by the Faculty Board of Modern and Medieval Languages has been approved for this purpose by the Faculty Board of English)

Subject for special study: Modern critical theory.

The Faculty Board give notice that, under Regulation 3 for the English Tripos (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 284), a candidate who offers this paper in the English Tripos may not also offer Paper 9 of Part II of the English Tripos (History and theory of literary criticism).

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Cambridge University Reporter, 20 June 2001
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