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English Tripos, 2006: Texts, topics, and sub-periods

The Faculty Board of English give notice that the following texts, periods, and portions of subjects are for special study for the English Tripos, 2005 (Statutes and Ordinances, p. 291). Unless otherwise stated, editions of texts are not specified.

Part I

Paper 1.English Literature and its contexts, 1300-1550
 Set texts and specified topics
 Geoffrey Chaucer, Troilus and Criseyde, in The Riverside Chaucer, gen. ed. Larry D. Benson (Oxford, 1987), Book 3, Lines 1-1414; Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, ed. J. R. R. Tolkien and E. V. Gordon, rev. N. Davis, (Oxford, 1967), lines 1535-1997; William Langland, The Vision of Piers Plowman, (B Text), ed. A. V. C. Schmidt, second edition (London, 1995), Passus XVIII
 Topics on which optional questions will be set:
 Christ's Body; Passion; Idleness and Inactivity.
Paper 2.English literature and its contexts, 1500-1700
 Sub-periods and core texts
 1500-1579: Sir Thomas More, Utopia, tr Ralph Robinson, in Three Early Modern Utopias, Susan Bruce (ed), Oxford World Classics, 1999; Emrys Jones (ed) New Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, 1991, Skelton to Surrey;
 1579-1642: Sir Philip Sidney, The Defence of Poesy, Astrophil and Stella, Ben Jonson, Every Man in His Humour, Sejanus, Volpone, The Alchemist, Bartholomew Fair
 1642-1700: Margaret Cavendish, Duchess of Newcastle, The Blazing World
 John Milton, Paradise Lost.
Paper 3.English literature and its contexts, 1688-1847
 Sub-periods and core texts
 1688-1744: Anthony Ashley Cooper, Earl of Shaftesbury, Characteristics of Men, Manners, Opinions, Times; Alexander Pope, the 1743 Dunciad;
 1744-1789: David Hume, Enquiry Concerning Human Understanding; Laurence Sterne, The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy;
 1789-1847: William Wordsworth, The 1805 Prelude; Jane Austen, Persuasion
Paper 4.English literature and its contexts 1830 - present
 Sub-periods and core texts
 1830-1895: Charles Dickens, Bleak House; Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam
 1895-1945: TS Eliot, Selected Poems; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse;
 Post-1945: Samuel Beckett, Collected Shorter Plays; Iain Sinclair, Lights out for the Territory.
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.European languages and literatures

Classical Greek

Set Texts for Sections A and B

Plato: On Poetry, ed. Penelope Murray (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, 1996)

Sophocles: Antigone, ed. Mark Griffith (Cambridge Greek and Latin Classics, 1999)

Recommended Text for Section C

Homer: Iliad, 1, ed. with introduction, translation, and commentary by Simon Pulleyn (OUP, 2000)

Classical Latin

Set Texts for Sections A and B

Virgil: Aeneid , II

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

Recommended Text for Section C

A Faculty online anthology of Latin verse: Lucretius, De rerum natura, I.1-43; III.830-1094; IV.1052-1287; Catullus, 1;2;3;5;7;11;13;16;21;22;29;31;34;26;42;46;62;64;69;85;101; Virgil, Eclogues 4;6; Georgics IV.281-566; Ovid, Amores, I; Metamorphoses, I.1-162; XV.75-476; Heroides, 5;7;10;18;19; Horace, Odes, I.iv; I.v; I.ix; I.xii; I.xxii; I.xxxvii; II.xiv; II.xx; III.i; III.xiii; III.xxx; IV.i; IV.vii; Juvenal, Satires 1; 6; Lucan, Pharsalia, III.375-452; IX.950-1108; Seneca, Medea, 740-1027


Set Texts for Sections A and B

Racine: Andromaque

Flaubert: Trois Contes, ed. P.-M. de Biasi (GF-Flammarion, 1986, variously reprinted)

Recommended Text for Section C

A Faculty online anthology of French verse: Villon; Ronsard; du Bellay; La Fontaine; Hugo; Baudelaire; Verlaine; Rimbaud; Mallarmé; Apollinaire; Valéry; Char; Reverdy.


Set Texts for Sections A and B

Goethe: Faust, Part I

Brecht: Mutter Courage und ihre Kinder

Recommended Text for Section C

A Faculty online anthology of German verse: Luther; Angelus Silesius; Goethe; Hölderlin; Novalis; Heine; Rilke; Trakl; Brecht; Celan.


Set Texts for Sections A and B

Dante: Purgatorio, I-XVIII

Primo Levi: Se questo è un uomo (Einaudi Tascabili, 1953, many times reprinted)

Recommended text for Section C

A Faculty online anthology of Italian verse: Cavalcanti; Dante; Petrarch; Ariosto; Tasso; Michelangelo; Leopardi; Ungaretti; Montale.

Old English

Set texts for Sections A and B

SECTION A: Beowulf: A Student Edition, ed. George Jack (Oxford: Clarendon, 1994), ll. 710-1191

SECTION B: Beowulf (entire)

Recommended Texts for Section C

Caedmon's Hymn; Preface to the Translation of Gregory's Pastoral Care; Translation of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy, selections: 'Proem', 'On Government', and 'Orfeus and Eurydice'; The Wanderer; The Seafarer; Deor; Wulf and Eadwacer; Riddles 5, 7, 12, 29, 43, 45, 55; The Wife's Lament; The Husband's Message; The Ruin; The Dream of the Rood; Passion of Saint Edmund; The Battle of Maldon; Judith; Wulfstan's Sermo Lupi ad Anglos; Apollonius of Tyre. All these texts are available in Old and Middle English: An Anthology, ed. Elaine Treharne (Oxford: Blackwell, 2000).

Paper 8.English language for literature, 1300 to the present
 Specified Topics: Argument, Borrowing, Pastiche
Paper 9.English literature and its contexts, 1300 to the present: Open dissertation
Paper 10.Early medieval literature and its contexts, 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)

Early Middle English

Set Texts. 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


Set Texts.

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.


Set Texts.

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.104, para. 229 - p.110, para. 246, end.

Part II

Group A

Paper 1.Practical criticism
Paper 2.Tragedy

Group B(i)

Paper 3.Chaucer
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)   Literature, Culture, and Crisis, 1631-1671.
 (c)   Wordsworth.
 (d)   Modernism and the Short Story.

Group B(ii)

Paper 8.The English moralists
Paper 9.The history and theory of literary criticism
Paper 10.The novel
Paper 11.American literature
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)   Contemporary Writing in English, 1979 to the present.

Group C(ii)

Paper 27.A special subject in comparative literature (Paper CS 5 of the Modern and Medieval Languages Tripos): The Body

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