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Cambridge English Reading List, Paper IV
Sunday, 1 Oct 2006 :-:

(note from J. Nathan Matias: There may be scan errors, since I used OCR on this)

(additional note: in general, the items in the reading list are to be found in the English Faculty library, on the Sidgwick site)



Aim and Scope

This paper is designed to enable students to read as wide a range as possible of the literature which falls within its scope, and to study that literature in the light of the period's social and intellectual life. Most students will already have read quite widely in the writing of this period; many will have clear lines of interest they wish to pursue; all should be able, in consultation with their Directors of Studies, to work out challenging and stimulating programmes of work.

It is, of course, impossible in any meaningful sense to 'cover' this period—or even half of it—in the course of a term; and there is no monolithic truth about it which students are required to learn. One of the great strengths of Cambridge English, with its flexible supervision system and its wide range of lectures, is the opportunity it offers for very different kinds of work: this is especially true of English Literature and its Contexts 1830-Present Day. The sheer volume of the literature published within this period means that this paper offers perhaps more scope than any other in Part I for very different individual combinations of authors and programmes of work. Students taking this paper are therefore permitted either to study a range of texts from the period as a whole, or to specialize in two of the three periods 1830-95, 1895-1945, 1945-present. For each of these sub periods, the Faculty has suggested two Core Texts, study of which may serve as a springboard for consideration Of broader issues in the period.

Students may choose to work for the paper in a number of different ways. The kinds of work which may be appropriate include, for example: consideration of critical and theoretical questions raised by the writing of the period; comparisons between authors; the study of particular literary movements or genres;

close critical analysis of an individual author's work; exploration of a variety of literary responses to particular issues or events, which may range from the highly specific (e.g. anti-Catholicism in early Victorian England; the suffragette movement; the Spanish Civil War) to the more general (e.g. the Victorian idea of home; ideas of empire in the period; the growth of consumerism); study of the relationship between literature and other arts in the period; study of the relationship between the literature of this period and that of earlier periods.


It is envisaged that most students will have eight college supervisions for the paper as a whole.

The Faculty will each year offer courses on three of the core texts. In 2005-6 there will be courses on Dickens, Bleak House, T.S.Eliot, The Waste Land, and Samuel Beckett, Collected Shorter Plays.

More generally, there are a large number of Faculty lectures on subjects which fall within the scope of this paper. Most are listed under the heading for this paper in the lecture list, but students should also consult the listings for other papers - especially those for the Novel paper. Special period of English literature 1847-1872, and Literature in English Since 1970. Some lectures offered by other Faculties (such as Modern Languages, Philosophy, Social and Political Sciences, History, and History of Art) may also be of relevance: these are open to all students.


Candidates will be required to answer three questions from at least two of the three sections of the paper. Questions on Core Texts will be marked with an asterisk, and candidates will need to answer one, and may not answer more than two, questions on a Core Text Some of these questions may require concentrated discussion of the text itself, but it is also intended that in many of these questions the Core Text should serve as a prompt for talking about larger issues and themes either in the sub period or in the period as a whole. All three sections of the paper will include essay questions, some of which may require comparison between authors. A knowledge of the the literature, life and thought of the period will be germane to questions set in all sections.

English Literature and its Contexts 1830-Present Day may be replaced either by a portfolio of three essays, at least one of which must be related to a core text or by a dissertation of appropriate range and scope. Students interested in either of these options should consult the Faculty information sheets on portfolios of essays and dissertations in the English Tripos.


There is a vast, and growing, secondary literature on this period. The lists which follow are highly selective, and intended to offer some preliminary suggestions for reading on a range of general topics. Students should familiarize themselves with the use of bibliographies and cf the Faculty and University Library catalogues: they should consult the (extremely helpful) Faculty librarians if they have any difficulty in finding books. Supervisors should offer guidance on editions of texts and relevant secondary reading, and lecturers offering courses in this period will provide more detailed reading lists on the topics they cover. It should be emphasized that whilst works of literary criticism and history such as those listed below can be most useful in providing an overview of the period and of the issues raised by its writing, the first priority for all students should be to read as widely and thoughtfully as possible in the primary literature of the period.

The number of texts a student will read for the paper as a whole will obviously depend partly on the kind of work undertaken: thus, a student wishing to work for two weeks on literary responses to the "Condition of England" question might read a number of mid-Victorian authors (Carlyle, Gaskell, Bronte, Disraeli) and a good deal of history; whilst another might spend the same period working intensively on one or two poets. Supervisors will offer guidance as to what is appropriate in individual cases. Most of the books on the following lists are available in the Faculty Library, or on order. If you experience any difficulty in finding them please ask at the Library Issue Desk.

SECTION A: 1830-1895

CORE TEXTS: Charles Dickens, Bleak House; Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam

Charles Dickens, Bleak House

Recommended Text

The Penguin edition, edited by Nicola Bradbury.

Other Works

The novels, especially Oliver Twist (1837-8); Dombev and Son (1844-6); David Copperfield (1849-1850);

Hard Times (1854); Little Dorrit (1855-7); A Tale of Two Cities (1859); Our Mutual Friend (1864-5)


The standard biography remains that by Dickens.s friend, John Forster (written 1872-4). John Forster,

The Life of Charles Dickens, ed. A.J.Hoppe, 2 vols (1966)

Edgar Johnson, Charles Dickens: His Tragedy and Triumph (1952;1978)

Michael Slater, Dickens and Women (1983).

More recently, Peter Ackroyd's mammoth Dickens (1990) is very detailed, if a little quirky in places.


Andrew Maunder and Grace Moore, (eds), Victorian Crime, Madness and Sensation (Ashgate 2004)

Wilkie Collins. The Moonstone (1868)

George Ford, Dickens and His Readers: Aspects of Novel-Criticism since 1836 (1955)

Robert L. Patten, Charles Dickens and his Publishers (1978)

Butt, John and Katherine Tillotson, Dickens at Work (1957)

Philip Collins (ed.), Dickens: The Critical Heritage (1971)

H.J. Dyos and Michael Wolff (eds.), The Victorian City: Images and Realities (1976)

Gareth Stedman Jones, Outcast London: A Study in the Relationship between Classes in VictorianSociety(1971).

Backgrounds, in Norton Critical Edition of Bleak House, eds. George Ford and Sylvere Monod (1977), pp. 897-930.

Henry Mayhew, London Labour and the London Poor: Selections, ed. Victor E. Neuburg (Penguin, 1985)

Edwin Chadwick, Public health, sanitation and its reform, introduced by David Gladstone (2002)

Dickens Project Univeristy of California


Brook. G.L, The Language of Dickens (1970)

Carey, John, The Violent Effigy: A Study of Dickens's Imagination (1991)

Collins, Philip, Dickens and Crime. 3rd edn (1995;1991)

Dever, Carolyn, Death and the Mother from Dickens to Freud: Victorian Fiction and the Anxiety of Origins (1998)

Flint. Kate, Dickens (1986).

Ford, G.H. and L.Lane (eds.), The Dickens Critics (1961)

Garrett, Peter K., The Victorian Multiplot Novel: Studies in Dialogical Form (1980)

Harvey, John, Victorian Novelists and their Illustrators (1970)

Ingham, Patricia, Dickens, Women and Language (1992)

Jordan, John 0., ed., The Cambridge Companion to Dickens (2001) Mengham, Rod, Charles Dickens (2001)

Miller, D.A., 'Discipline in Different Voices: Bureaucracy, Police, Family, and Bleak House', in The Novel and the Police (1988)

Miller, J. Hillis, Dickens: the World of His Novels (1958)

Sanders, Andrew, Dickens and the Spirit of the Age (1999)

Schor, Hilary 'Bleak House and the Dead Mother's Property', Dickens and the Daughters of the House, (1999), ch.4, pp.101-123.

Schramm, Jan-Melissa, Testimony and Advocacy in Victorian Law, Literature, and Theology (2000)

Schwarzbach, F.S., Dickens and the City (1979)

Jeremy Tambling. ed. New Casebooks Bleak House (1998) Trotter, David. Circulation: Defoe. Dickens and the Economies of the Novel (1988)

Welsh, Alexander, The City of Dickens (1971); Dickens Redressed: the Art of Bleak House and Hard Times (2000)

Alfred Tennyson, In Memoriam

Recommended Text

Christopher Ricks (ed.), Tennyson. A Selected Edition. (Harlow: Longman, 1969, pbck 1989)

Other works

Christopher Ricks (ed.), Tennyson. A Selected Edition, (Harlow: Longman, 1969, pbck 1989) Christopher Ricks (ed.). The poems of Tennyson, three volumes. 2nd ed. (1987)


Robert Bernard Martin, Tennyson: the unquiet heart (c1980)

Leonee Ormond. Alfred Tennyson: a literary life (1993)


The Letters of Alfred Lord Tennyson, edited by Cecil Y. Lang and Edgar F. Shannon, Jr, 3 v. (1982-1990)

Charles, Lyell, Principles of geology, ed. James A. Secord (Penguin, 1997)

Laura Otis (ed), Literature and Science in the Nineteenth Century (OUP, 2002)


Daniel Albriqht. Tennyson: the muses' tug-of-war (1986)

Arthur E. Baker, A Concordance to the Poetical and Dramatic Works of Alfred. Lord Tennyson (1914)

Matthew Campbell, Rhythm and Will in Victorian Poetry (1999)

Philip Collins (ed.), Tennyson: seven essays (1992)

Aidan Dan, Tennyson's Scepticism (OUP, 2005) Eric Griffiths. The Printed Voice of Victorian Poetry (1989)

Donald S. Hair, Tennyson's Language (1991)

Philip Henderson, Tennyson: poet and prophet (1978)

James W. Hood, Divining Desire: Tennyson and the poetics of transcendence (2000)

John Dixon Hunt. In Memoriam. Casebook (1970)

John D. Jump (ed.), Lord Alfred Tennyson: the critical heritage (1995, c1967)

J. Killham(ed). Critical Essays on the Poetry of Tennyson (1969)

Henry Kozicki, Tennyson and Clip: history in the major poems (c1979)

Michael Millgate, Testamentary Acts: Browning. Tennyson, James, Hardy (1992 , 1995)

M. Millhauser, Fire and Ice: the influence of science on Tennyson's poetry (1971)

F.B. Pinion, A Tennyson Companion: life and works (1984)

James Richardson, Vanishing Lives: style and self in Tennyson. D.G. Rossetti. Swinburne, and Yeats (1988)

Christopher Ricks, Tennyson, 2nd ed (1989)

R.H. Ross (ed.), Alfred. Lord Tennyson: In Memoriam... (1973)

Susan Shatto and Marion Shaw (eds), Tennyson: In Memoriam (1982)

W. D. Shaw, Tennyson's Style (1976)

Alan Sinfield, Alfred Tennyson (1986)

Rebecca Stott (ed.), Tennyson (1996)

Herbert F. Tucker, Tennyson and the Doom of Romanticism (1988)


Matthew Arnold, the Bronte sisters, Elizabeth Barrett Browning, Robert Browning, Samuel Butler, Thomas Carlyle, Lewis Carroll, Arthur Hugh Clough, Wilkie Collins, Charles Darwin, Benjamin Disraeli, George Eliot, Elizabeth Gaskell, George Gissing, Thomas Hardy, Gerard Manley Hopkins, A.E.Housman, Henry James, Charles Kingsley, Rudyard Kipling, George Meredith, John Stuart Mill, William Morris, J.H.Newman, Walter Pater, Christina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, John Ruskin, Robert Louis Stevenson, A.C.Swinburne, W.M.Thackeray, Anthony Trollope, Mrs Humphry Ward, H.G.Wells, Oscar Wilde.



Richard Altick, The English Common Reader: A Social History of the Mass

Reading Public. 1800-1900 (1957): Victorian People and Ideas (1974)

Asa Briggs, Victorian People (1954); Victorian Cities (1963): Victorian Things (1988)

J.F.C. Harrison, The Early Victorians (1971; republished as Early

Victorian Britain 1832-51); Late Victorian Britain 1870-1901 (1990)

Eric Hobsbawm, Industry and Empire (1968); The Age of Capital 1848-1875 (1984)

Gordon Marsden, ed., Victorian Values: Personalities and Perspectives in Nineteenth-Century Society


Martha Vicinus, ed., Suffer and Be Still: Women in the Victorian Age

(1972); A Widening Sphere: Changing Roles of Victorian Women (1977)

Cultural and Intellectual History

Nina Auerbach. Woman and the Demon: The Life of a Victorian Myth (1982)

Gillian Beer. Darwin's Plots (1983)

J.H.Buckley, The Victorian Temper: a Study in Literary Culture (1952) Stefan Collini, Public Moralists (1991)

E.K.Helsinger, R.L.Sheets, W. Veeder, eds., The Woman Question: Society and Literature in Britain and America, 1837-1883 (1983)

John Holloway, The Victorian Sage (1953)

Walter E. Houghton, The Victorian Frame of Mind, 1830-1870 (1957)

U.C.Knoepfelmacher, ed., Nature and the Victorian Imagination (1977)

Laurence Lerner, ed., The Victorians: the Context of English Literature (1978)

Kimberley Reynolds and Nicola Humble, Victorian Heroines: Representations of Femininity in Nineteenth-Century Literature and Art (1993)

Basil Willey, Nineteenth-Century Studies (1949);

More Nineteenth-Century Studies (1956)

Raymond Williams. Culture and Society, 1780-1950 (1958)

The Victorian Web

The Novel

Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, The Madwoman in the Attic: the Woman Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination (1979)

F.R. Leavis, The Great Tradition (1948)

George Levine, The Realistic Imagination (1981)

David Lodge, The Language of Fiction (1966)

D.A. Miller, The Novel and the Police (1988)

J. Hillis Miller, Fiction and Repetition: Seven English Novels (1982)

Judith Lowder Newton, Women. Power & Subversion: Social Strategies in British Fiction, 1778-1860


Elaine Showalter, A Literature of their Own: British Women Novelists from Bronte to Lessing (1977)

John Sutherland, Victorian Novelists and Publishers (1976)

Kathleen Tillotson, Novels of the Eighteen Forties (1954)

Raymond Williams, The English Novel from Dickens to Lawrence (1970)

Patricia Ingham, Invisible Writing and the Victorian Novel (2000)

Francis O'Gorman, ed., The Victorian Novel (2002)


Isobel Armstrong, ed., Victorian Scrutinies: Reviews of Poetry. 1830-1870 (1972); Victorian Poetry:

Poetry, Poetics and Politics (1993)

Joseph Briustow, ed., The Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (2000)

Matthew Campbell, The Realms of Verse: Englisnh Poetry in a Time of Nation-Building (2001)

Eric Griffiths. The Printed Voice of Victorian Poetry (1989)

E.D.H. Johnson, The Alien Vision of Victorian Poetry (1952)

Robert Langbaum, The Poetry of Experience: the Dramatic Monologue in Modern Literary Tradition


Angela Leighton, Victorian Women Poets: Writing Against the Heart (1992)

R.A. Levine, ed., The Victorian Experience: the Poets (1982)


M.R. Booth. Victorian Spectacular Theatre (1850-1910) (1981)

L.W. Conolly and J.P. Wearing, English Drama and Theatre, 1800-1900. A Guide to Information Sources


M. Meisel, Shaw and the Nineteenth-Century Theatre (1963)

A. Nicoll, A History of English Drama. Vol.IV, Early Nineteenth-Century Drama (2nd edn, 1955); Vol.V, Late Nineteenth-Century Drama (2nd edn, 1959) J.R. Stephens, The Censorship of English Drama. 1824-1901 (1980) Nina Auerbach, Private Theatricals: the Lives of the Victorians (1990) Anthony Jenkins, The Making of Victorian Drama (Cambridge, 1991) Michael R. Booth, Theatre in the Victorian Age (Cambridge. 1991) The Nineteenth-Century London Stage: an Exploration

SECTION B: 1895-1945

CORE TEXTS: T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems; Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

T.S. Eliot, Selected Poems (Faber & Faber, 1954, repr. 1961, 2002 printing available in paperback)

Other Works

The Waste Land: A Facsimile and Transcript of the Original Drafts, ed.

Valerie Eliot (1971)

Collected Poems 1909-1962 (1974, 2002)

Selected Essays (1951,1999)

Selected Prose of T. S. Eliot ed. Frank Kermode (1975)

Inventions of the March Hare: Poems 1909-1917 ed. Christopher Ricks (1996)



Peter Ackroyd: T.S.Eliot (1984)

Ronald Bush: T.S.Eliot: A Study in Character and Style (1983) Lyndall Gordon: Eliot's Early Years (1977) Eliot's New Life (1988)


Hugh Kenner: The Pound Era (1971)

Michael Levenson (ed.): The Cambridge Companion to Modernism (1999)

Peter Nicholls: Modernisms, a literary guide (1995)

Michael Grant (ed): T.S.Eliot: The Critical Heritage (1982), 2 vols.

T.E. Hulme: Selected Writings, ed. Patrick McGuinness (1998)

Louis Menaud, Discovering Modernism - T.S Eliot and his context (OUP, 2005)


Ronald Bush (ed.): T.S.Eliot: The Modernist in History (1991)

Donald Childs, Modernism and Eugenics; Woolf.Eliot, Yeats and the Culture of Degeneration (2001)

Robert Crawford: The Savage and the City in the work ofT. S. Eliot (1987)

Lois A. Cuddy and David Hirsch (eds): Critical Essays on T.S.Eliot's "The Waste Land" (1991)

Terry Eagleton:. Criticism and Ideology (1976)

Maud Ellmann: The Poetics of Impersonality. T.S.Eliot and Ezra Pound (1987)

Hugh Kenner: The Invisible Poet: T.S.Eliot (1960)

Graham Martin (ed.) Eliot in Perspective (1970)

Peter Middleton: The Academic Development of "The Waste Land",' in Samuel

Weber (ed.), Demarcating the Disciplines: Philosophy. Literature. Art (1986)

Franco Moretti: Signs Taken for Wonders (1988)

A. David Moody (ed.): The._Cambridge Companion to T. S. Eliot (1994)

Michael North, Reading 1922 (1999)

Georges Poulet: Studies in Human Time. tr. Eliot Coleman (1956)

Christopher Ricks: T. S. Eliot and Prejudice (1994); Decisions and Revisions in T.S.Eliot (2003)

Ronald Schuchard: Eliot's Dark Angel: intersections of life and art (1999)

Sanford Schwartz: The Matrix of Modernism: Pound, Eliot and Early

Twentieth-Century Thought (1985)

Eric Sigg: The American T.S. Eliot: a study of the early writings (1989)

Stan Smith: The Origins of Modernism. Eliot, Pound. Yeats and the Rhetorics of Renewal (1994)

B. C. Southam: A Student's Guide to the Selected Poems ofT. S. Eliot (1968/1994)

David Trotter: The Making of the Reader: Language and Subjectivity in Modern American, English and

Irish Poetry (1984)

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Recommended Text

The Penguin edition, edited by Hermione Lee, has the fullest annotations.

Other works

The novels, especially Jacobs Room (1922),. Mrs Dallowav (1925), Orlando (1928), The Waves (1931), Between the Acts (1941).

A Writers Diary: being extracts from the diary of Virginia Woolf. ed. Leonard Woolf (1953:1979).

Virginia Woolf. A Room of Ones Own: Three Guineas, ed. Morag Shiach (1992)

Andrew McNeillie, ed., The Essays of Virginia Woolf (1986-)


Virginia Woolf. Moments of Being, ed. Jeanne Schulkind (1985).

Hermione Lee, Virginia Woolf (1996)


Virginia Woolf, Congenial Spirits: The Selected Letters of Virginia Woolf. ed. Joanne Trautmann Banks (1989)

Perry Meisel, The Myth of the Modern: A Study of British Literature and Criticism after 1850 (1987)

Sigmund Freud, Two short accounts of psycho-analysis, ed. James Strachey (Penguin, 1981)

Vincent Sherry, The Great War and the Language of Modernism (2003)


Erich Auerbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Fiction, trans. Willard Ropes Trask (1953): also in Virginia Woolf: To the Lighthouse, ed. Morris Beja (1970).

Juliet Dusinberre, Alice to the Lighthouse: children's books and radical experients in art. 2nd ed. (1999)

Daniel Ferrer, Virginia Woolf and the Madness of Language, trans. Geoffrey Bennington and Rachel


Perry Meisel, The Absent Father: Virginia Woolf and Walter Pater (1980)

Gillian Beer, Virginia Woolf: The Common Ground (1996)

Mary Jacobus, The Third Stroke: Reading Woolf with Freud', in Rachel Bowlby, ed., Virginia Woolf (1992)

Laura Marcus. Virginia Woolf (1997)

Susanne Raitt, Virginia Woolfs To the Lighthouse (1990)

Sue Roe and Susan Sellers, The Cambridge Companion to Virginia Woolf (2000)

Jane Goldman, Feminist Aesthetics of Virginia Woolf (1998)


W.H.Auden, George Barker, Arnold Bennett, Elizabeth Bowen, Ivy Compton-Burnett, Joseph Conrad, Hilda Doolittle, William Empson, Ford Madox Ford, E.M.Forster, John Galsworthy, Robert Graves,

Henry Green, Graham Greene, Ivor Gurney, Christopher Isherwood, Henry James, David Jones, James Joyce, D.H.Lawrence, Rosamond Lehmann, C.Day Lewis, Wyndham Lewis, Louis MacNeice, Katherine Mansfield, Edwin Muir, Sean O'Casey, George Orwell, Wilfred Owen, Ezra Pound, J.C.Powys, T.F. Powys, Laura Riding, Isaac Rosenberg, Siegfried Sassoon, Olive Schreiner, George Bernard Shaw, Stephen Spender, Christina Stead, J.M.Synge, Edward Thomas, Dylan Thomas, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Evelyn Waugh, H.G.Wells, W.B.Yeats.



Peter Clarke, Hope and Glory: Britain 1900-1990 (1997)

J.H. Grainger, Patriotisms: Britain 1900-1939 (1986)

Jose Harris, Private Lives. Public Spirit: A Social History of Britain 1870-1914 (1993)

Cultural and Intellectual History

Chris Baldick, The Social Mission of English Criticism (1983)

Bernard Bergonzi, The Myth of Modernism and Twentieth-Century Literature (1986)

Malcolm Bradbury, The Social Context of Modern English Literature (1971)

Peter Brooker, Modemism/Post-Modemism (1982); Modernity and Metropolis (2002)

John Carey, The Intellectuals and the Masses (1992)

Peter Childs, Modernism (2000)

C.B. Cox and A.E. Dyson, eds., The Twentieth Century Mind. History. Ideas and Literature in Britain.1:1900-1918(1972)

Valentine Cunningham, British Writers of the Thirties (1988)

Richard Ellmann and Charles Feidelson, eds., The Modern Tradition: Backgrounds of Modem Literature(1965)

Rita Felski, The Gender of Modernity (1998)

Samuel Hynes, The Edwardian Turn of Mind (1968); The Auden Generation (1976)

V. Kolocotroni, J. Goldman and 0. Taxidou (eds), Modernism: An Anthology of Sources and Documents(1998)

Michael Levenson, A Genealogy of Modernism (1984); ed., The Cambridge Companion to Modernism(1999)

David Lodge, The Modes of Modern Writing (1977); After Bakhtin (1990)

Peter Nicholls. Modernisms: A Literary Guide (1995)

The Novel

John Batohelor, The Edwardian Novelists (1982)

Mary Ann Caws. Reading Frames in Modern Fiction (1985)

Anne Fernihough. D.H. Lawrence: Aesthetics and Ideology (1993)

Jeremy Hawthorn, ed., The British Working-Class Novel in the Twentieth Century (1984)

Jefferson Hunter, Edwardian Fiction (1982)

Peter Keating, The Haunted Study. A Social History of the English Novel 1875-1914 (1989)

David Lodge, The Modes of Modern Writing (1977); After Bakhtin: Essays on Fiction and Criticism(1990)

Patricia Stubbs, Woman and Fiction: Feminism and the Novel 1880-1920 (1979)

David Trotter, The English Novel in History 1895-1920 (1993)


Donald Davie. Thomas Hardy and British Poetry (1973) Maud Ellmann, The Poetics of Impersonality: T.S. Eliot and Ezra Pound (1986) Hugh Kenner, The Pound Era (1972)

Graham Martin and P.N. Furbank, eds., Twentieth-Century Poetry: Critical Essays and Documents (1975)

Edward Mendelson, ed., The English Auden: Poems. Essays and Dramatic Writings 1927-1939 (1977) John Press, ed., A Map of Modern English Verse (1969) Stan Smith, Inviolable Voice: History and Twentieth-Century Poetry (1982)

C.K. Stead, The New Poetic: Yeats to Eliot (1964); Pound. Yeats. Eliot and the Modernist Movement(1986)

David Trotter, The Making of the Reader (1984)

Keith Tuma, Fishing by Obstinate Isles: Modem and Postmodern British Poetry and American Readers(1998)


John Russell Brown, Theatre Language (1972)

Jean Chothia. English Drama of the Early Modern Period 1890-1940 (1996)

lan Clarke. Edwardian Drama (1989)

Andrew Kennedy, Six Dramatists in Search of a Language (1975)

The Revels History of Drama in English. Vol.7: 1880 to the Present Day (1978)

J.L. Styan, Modern Drama in Theory and Practice (3 vols., 1981)

J.R. Taylor, The Rise and Fall of the Well-Made Play (1967)

Raymond Williams, Drama in Performance (enl. edn., 1968)

SECTION C: 1945-Present

CORE TEXTS: Samuel Beckett, Collected Shorter Plays; lain Sinclair, Lights Out for the Territory Samuel Beckett, Collected Shorter Plays (London: Faber and Faber, 1984)

Other works

The Complete Dramatic Works (London: Faber and Faber 1986) The Theatrical Notebooks of Samuel Beckett: vol 4: the shorter plavs. edited by Stanley E. Gontarski (1999).

The fiction, especially More Pricks than Kicks (1934): Murphv(1938): Watt(1953): The Trilogy (Mollov (1955), Malone Dies (1956), and The Unnamable (1958), How It Is (1964); III Seen III Said (1982);

Worstward Ho (1983)); The Complete Short Prose, 1929 - 1989. ed Stanley E. Gontarski (1997).


Linda Ben-Zvi, ed. Women in Beckett: performance and critical perspectives (1990)

Enoch Brater, Beyond minimalism: Beckett's late style in the theater (1987)

Pierre Chabert, ed., Samuel Beckett: roman. theatre, images, acteurs. mises en scene, voix. musiques (1990)

Steven Connor, Samuel Beckett: Repetition. Theory and Text (1988)

Robin J. David and Lance St John Butler, eds, 'Make sense who may': essays on Samuel Beckett's later works (1989)

Martin Esslin. Theatre of the Absurd. 3'"ed. (Penguin. 1982)

Beryl S. Fletcher, A student's guide to the plavs of Samuel Beckett. 2nd edition (1985)

John Fletcher and John Spurting, Beckett: the playwright. 3rd edition (1985)

Peter Gidal. Understanding Beckett: A Study of Monologue and Gesture in the Works of Samuel Beckett (1986)

Jane Allison Hale, The broken window: Beckett's dramatic perspective (1987)

Maurice Harmon, ed.. No author better served: the correspondence of Samuel Beckett & Alan Schneider (1998)

Sidney Homan, Beckett's theaters: interpretations for performance (1984)

Jonathan Kalb, Beckett in Performance (1989) James Knowlson, Damned to Fame: the life of Samuel Beckett (1996):

James Knowlson and John Pilling, Frescoes of the skull: the later prose and drama of Samuel Beckett (1979)

lan C. McCrudden, The phenomenon of the voice and the listening 'I': the subject in Beckett's later prose and drama (1995)

Anna McMullan. Theatre on trial: Samuel Beckett's later drama (1993)

Lois Oppenheim, Directing Beckett: interviews with and essays by twenty-two prominent directors of

Samuel Beckett's work (1994)

John Pilling, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Beckett (1994); Beckett Before Godot (1997)

Rosemary Pountney, Theatre of Shadows: Samuel Beckett's drama 1956 " 1976 (1998)

Christopher Ricks, Beckett's Dying Words (1993)

Bruce Stewart, ed, Beckett and bevond (1999)

Klaus Volker, ed., Beckett in Berlin (1986)

S.E. Wilmer, Beckett in Dublin(1992)

Katherine Worth, Samuel Beckett's theatre: life's journeys (1999)

Jordan R. Young, The Beckett Actor: JacMacGowran, Beginning to End (1987)

lain Sinclair, Lights Out for the Territory: 9 Excursions in the Secret History of London (London: Granta, 1997), with illustrations by Marc Atkins

lain Sinclair has been active as a writer for some thirty years but has only recently come to prominence. This means that, as yet, only a few critical studies of his work have been published, although there are a number of newspaper reviews. Aside from providing a way into Sinclair's other writings, Lights Out for the Territory is, accordingly, open to a number of new critical approaches unencumbered by existing criticism. One of the more revealing critical responses to Sinclair's work, a letter addressed to Sinclair by Doug Oliver, is included by Sinclair himself in White Chappell. Scarlet Tracings, lain Sinclair is also a film-maker and his representation of London in Lights Out for the Territory can be compared with Patrick Keiller's film London and the work of Christopher Petit. Viewed historically, Sinclair's representation of London can be compared with the literary Londons of Daniel Defoe, William Blake, and Charles Dickens, through to Peter Ackroyd's London: The Biography (2000).

Other works

Lud Heat (1975); Suicide Bridge (1979), re-published together as Lud Heat and Suicide Bridge, with an introduction by Michael Moorcock (1995); White Chappell. Scarlet Tracings (1987); Flesh eggs & Scalp Metal: Selected Poems, 1970 - 1987 (1989); of The Shamanism Intent: Some Flights of Redemption (1991); Downriver (1991): Radon Daughters (1994); Slow Chocolate Autopsy, with David McKean (1997);

Rodinsky's Room, with Rachel Lichtenstein (1999); Crash [on David Cronenberg's film and J.G. Ballard's novel] (1999): Liguid City with Marc Atkins (1999); Sorry Meniscus: Excursions to the Millennium Dome (1999); Dark Lanthorns. with Rachel Lichtenstein (1999); Rodinsky's A to Z of London (1999); Landor's Tower (2002).

Criticism and contexts

Peter Ackroyd, London: The Biography (2000)

Bob Gilbert, The Kings Cross Cut (A City Canal & its Community) (1985)

Will Hutton, The State We're In (1995) Patrick Keiller, London (a film) (1993) (available on VHS)

Arthur Machen. The London Adventure or the Art of Wandering (1924)

Rod Mengham, 'The Writing of lain Sinclair:"0ur Narrative Starts Everywhere'", in Contemporary British Fiction, ed. Richard Lane, Rod Mengham and Philip Tew (Polity, 2002), pp. 56-67

Rachel Potter, 'Culture Vulture: The Testimony of lain Sinclair's Downriver', Parataxis: modernism and modern writing. 5 (Winter 1993-4) pp. 40-48

Simon Perril, 'A Cartography of Absence: the Work of lain Sinclair', Comparative Criticism. 19 (1997), pp. 309-339

Simon Perril, ed., Tending the Vortex: the Works of Brian Catling (2001)

Denise Rilev. ed.. Poets on Writing (1992)

Jon Savage. England's Dreaming, Sex Pistols and Punk Rock (1991)

Richard Sennet, Flesh and Stone (The Body and the City in Western Civilization) (1994)

lain Sinclair, ed. Conductors of Chaos: a poetry anthology (1996)

lain Sinclair, 'London, Necropolis of Fretful Ghosts', Sight and Sound. June 1994.

Patrick Wright, On Living in an Old Country (1985);

A Journey through Ruins (The Last Days of London) (1991)

Julian Wolfrey, Writing London (2012). (OUP, 2004)



Peter Ackroyd, Kingsley Amis, Martin Amis, J.G. Ballard, Julian Barnes, Samuel Beckett, John Berger, Elizabeth Bowen, Christine Brooke-Rose, Anthony Burgess, Angela Carter, John Fowles, William Golding, Nadine Gordimer, Alasdair Gray, Henry Green, Graham Greene, Kazuo Ishiguro, B.S. Johnson, James Kelman, Doris Lessing, David Lodge, lan McEwan, Iris Murdoch, V.S. Naipaul, George Orwell, Meryvn Peake, Anthony Powell, J.C. Powys, T.F. Powys, Jean Rhys, Salman Rushdie, Paul Scott, Alan Sillitoe, lain Sinclair, Zadie Smith, Muriel Spark, Graham Swift, J.R.R.Tolkein, Sylvia Townsend Warner, Evelyn Waugh, Irvine Welsh, Angus Wilson, Jeannette Winterson.


W.H. Auden, Simon Armitage, George Barker, Eavan Boland, Basil Bunting, Andrew Crozier, Donald Davie, Carol Ann Duffy, James Fenton, lan Hamilton Finlay, Alien Fisher, Roy Fisher, Veronica Forrest-Thomson, W.S. Graham, Robert Graves, Thorn Gunn, Tony Harrison, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, Ted Hughes, John James, Elizabeth Jennings, David Jones, Patrick Kavanagh, Philip Larkin, Tom Leonard, Hugh MacDiarmmid, Sorley Maclean, Louis MacNeice, Glyn Maxwell, Edwin Morgan, Edwin Muir, Paul Muldoon, Douglas Oliver, Sylvia Plath, J.H. Prynne, Tom Raworth, Denise Riley, Stevie Smith, Dylan Thomas, R.S. Thomas, Charles Tomlinson, John Wilkinson


John Arden, Alan Ayckbourn, Sebatian Barry, Samuel Beckett, Brendan Behan, Edward Bond, Howard Brenton, Jim Cartwright, Caryl Churchill, Martin Crimp, Shelagh Delaney, David Edgar, Michael Frayn, Brian Friel, Trevor Griffiths, David Hare, Sarah Kane, Martin MacDonagh, John McGrath, Frank McGuinness, Conor McPherson, Patrick Marber, Tom Murphy, Sean O'Casey, Joe Orton, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Stephen Poliakoff, Dennis Potter, Mark Ravenhill, Cecil P. Taylor, Terence Rattigan, Philip Ridley, Tom Stoppard, David Storey, Nick Ward, Timberlake Wertenbaker, Arnold Wesker.

Essayists and Critics

Benedict Anderson, Perry Anderson, W.H. Auden, J.L. Austin, John Berger, Peter Brook, Donald Davie, Terry Eagleton, William Empson, Veronica Forrst-Thomson, Paul Gilroy, Seamus Heaney, Geoffrey Hill, Frank Kermode, F.R. Leavis, David Lodge, John McGrath, Tom Nairn, George Orwell, Christopher Ricks, Gilbert Ryle, Denise Riley, Gillian Rose, lain Sinclair, AlanSinfield, E.P. Thompson, Raymond Williams, Patrick Wright.


T.W. Adorno, The Culture Industry, ed. J.M. Bernstein (1991)

Aiiaz Ahmad. In Theory: Classes, Nations. Literatures (1992)

Perry Anderson. English Questions (1992): The Origins of Postmodernitv (1998)

B. Appleyard, The Pleasures of Peace: Art and Imagination in Postwar Britain (1989); The Culture Club:

Crisis in the Arts (1984)

Jonathan Barnbrook. ed.. Young British Art: The Saatohi Decade (1999)

Horn K. Bhabha. The Location of Culture (1994)

Malcolm Bradbury, The Social Context of Modern English Literature (1971)

John Brannigan, Orwell to Present. 1945 - 2000 (2002)

Peter Brooker, ed.. Modernism / Postmodernism (1992)

Alex Callincos. Against Postmodernism (1990)

Peter Clarke, HoBe_and Glory: Britain 1900 - 1990 (1997)

D. Childs. Britain since 1945: A Political History (1997) Robert Crawford, Devolving English Literature (1992)

J.F. English, Comic Transactions: Literature. Humour and the Politics of Community in Twentieth-Century Britain (1994)

Paul Gilroy, 'There Ain't No Black in the Union Jack': The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation (1987)

R.Hewison, In Anger: culture in the Cold War, 1945-60 (1981); Too Much: Art and Society in the Sixties. 1960-1975 (1986);

The Heritage Industry: Britain in a Climate of Decline (1987)

Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism, or the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (1991)

R. Kearney, Postnationalist Ireland: Politics, Culture. Philosophy (1997)

Hugh Kenner, A Sinking Island: The Modern English Writers (1987)

Declan Kiberd, Inventing Ireland: The Literature of the Modern Nation (1995)

Kenneth Morgan, The People's Peace: British History 1945-1990 (1992)

Tom Nairn, Break-up of Britain (1982); After Britain (2000)

David Lodge, The Modes of Modern Writing (1977); After Bakhtin (1990)

Raphel Samuel, Theatres of Memory: vol 1: Past and Present in Contemporary Culture (1994);

Theatres of Memory, vol. 2: Island Stories: Unravellind Britain (1998)

Alan Sinfield and Alastair Davies, eds., British Culture of the Postwar: an introduction to literature and society 1945-1999 (2000)

A. Sivanandan, Communities of Resistance: Writings on Black Struggles for Socialism (1990)

M. Veldman, Fantasy, the Bomb and the Greening of Britain: Romantic Protest. 1945-1980 (1994)

Dennis Walder, ed, Literature in the Modem World (1990)

Patricia Waugh, The Harvest of the Sixties: English Literature and Its Background, 1960-1990 (1995)

Niael Wheale. The Postmodern Arts (1995)

Patrick Wright. On Living in an Old Country (1985)


F. Alexander. Contemporary Women Novelists (1989)

L. Anderson, ed., Plotting Change: Contemporary Women's Fiction (1990)

N. Baker, Happily Ever After? Women's Fiction in the Postwar Britain, 1945-60 (1989)

Horn! K. Bhabha. ed. Nation and Narration (1990)

Malcolm Bradbury, The Modern British Novel (1994)

Steven Connor. The English Novel in History. 1950 - 1995 (1996)

Cairns Craig, Out of History: Narrative Paradigms in Scottish and English Culture (1996)

Mark Currie, ed., Metafiction (1995); Postmodern Narrative Theory (1998)

A. Gasiorek, Post-War British Fiction: Realism and After (1995)

Dominic Head, The Cambridge Introduction to Modern British Fiction. 1950-2000 (2002)

Brian McHale, Postmodersnist Fiction (1987); Constructing Postmodernism (1992)

Rod Mengham, ed, An Introduction to Contemporary Fiction (1999)

M- Scanlan, Traces of Another Time: History and Politics in Postwar British Fiction (1990)

Randall Stevenson, The British Novel since the Thirties (1986)

D.J. Taylor, After the War: The Novel and English Society since 1945 (1993)

Richard Todd, Consuming Fictions: The Booker Prize and Fiction in Britain Today (1996)

Patricia Waugh. Metafiction (1984)


James Acheson, ed. Contemporary British Poetry: Essays in Theory and Criticism (1996)

Peter Barry, Contemporary British Poetry and the City (2000)

Neii Corcoran, English Poetry since 1940 (1993); After Yeats and Joyce: Reading Modem Irish Literature

(1997); ed. The Chosen Ground: Essays on the Contemporary Poetry of Northern Ireland (1992)

Donald Davie. Thomas Hardy and British Poetry (1973)

G. Day and B. Docherty, eds., British Poetry from the 1950s to the 1990s: Politics and Art (1997)

Antony Easthope and John 0. Thompson, Contemporary Poetry Meets Modern Theory (1991)

Veronica Forrest-Thomson. Poetic Artifice (1978)

lan Gregson, Contemporary British Poetry and Postmodernism: Dialogue and Estrangement (1996)

Robert Hampson and Peter Barry. The New British Poetries. 1970-1990 (1993)

Seamus Heaney, Preoccupations (1980); The Government of the Tongue (1988): The Redress of Poetry (1995)

David Kennedy, New Relations: The Refashioning of British Poetry 1980 -1994 (1996)

Edward Lucie-Smith. ed.. British Poetry Since 1945 (1985)

Alison Mark and Deryn Rees-Jones, Contemporary Women's Poetry: Reading /Writing /Practice (2000)

Alan Robinson. Instabilities in Contemporary British Fiction (1988)

David Trotter. The Making of the Reader (1985)

Keith Tuma, ed., Anthology of Twentieth-Century British & Irish Poetry (2001)

Marjorie Perloff, 21st-century Modernism: The "New" Poetics (2002)

Denise Riley, ed., Poets on Writing (1992); The Words of Selves (2000)


James Acheson, ed., British and Irish Drama since 1960 (1993)

Philip Auslander, Liveness: performances in a mediatized culture (London: Routledge, 1999).

Howard Barker, Arguments for a Theatre. 3rd edition (1997)

K.A. Berney, ed, Contemporary British Dramatists (1994)

C.W.E. Bigsby, ed., Contemporary English Drama (1981)

N. Boireau, ed., Drama on Drama: Dimensions of Theatricalitv on the Contemporary British Stage (1997)

Peter Brook, The Empty Space (1972)

John Russell Brown, ed, Modem British Dramatists (1968); ed.. Modern British Dramatists: New Perspectives (1984)

Man/in Carlson, Performance: A Critical Introduction (1996)

Ruby Cohn, Retreats from Realism in Recent English Drama (1991)

John Elsom, Post-War British Theatre (1979)

L. Goodman, Contemporary Feminist Theatres (1993)

Geraldine Harris, Staging Feminities: Performance and Performativitv (1999)

C.D. Innes, Modern British Drama (1992) Baz Kershaw, The Politics of Performance (1992)

C. Murray, Twentieth-Century Irish Drama (1997)

D. Rebellato, 1956 And All That: The Making of Modern British Drama (1999)

T. Shank, ed, Contemporary British Theatre (1996)

Aleks Sierz, In-ver-face Theatre: British Drama Today (2001)

Alan Sinfield, Out on Stage: Lesbian and Gay Theatre in the Twentieth Century (1999)

Michelene Wandor, Carry on Understudies: Theatre and Sexual Politics (1986)

Raymond Williams, Drama in Performance (1968)

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