Department of English


Drama Field  Exam Working List:

Students are required to select 20-30 texts from the list below, balancing dramatic and theoretical texts, and will compose an additional list of texts.  They will work with the faculty panel in choosing texts for this additional list that are focused on the student’s specific research area.

Primary Dramatic Works (alphabetical by author):

The Second Shepherds’ Pageant (Wakefield).


Edward Albee. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

J.M Barrie.  Peter Pan.

Samuel Beckett. Waiting for Godot; Collected Shorter Plays.

Aphra Behn. The Rover.

Dion Boucicault. The Octoroon. The Shaughraun.

The Duke of Buckingham. The Rehearsal.

Byron.  Manfred.

Alice Childress. Wedding Band.

Caryl Churchill.  Cloud Nine; Top Girls.

Wilkie Collins. The Woman in White.

William Congreve. The Way of the World.

Brian Friel. Translations.

Athol Fugard. Master Harold… and the Boys.

John Gay. The Beggar’s Opera.

William Schwenck Gilbert. The Mikado.

Oliver Goldsmith. She Stoops to Conquer.

Lorraine Hansberry. A Raisin in the Sun.

Thomas Heywood. A Woman Killed with Kindness.

David Henry Hwang. M. Butterfly.

Ben Jonson. The Alchemist.

Sarah Kane. Blasted.

Hanif Kureishi. Borderline.

Thomas Kyd. The Spanish Tragedy.

George Lillo. The London Merchant.

Christopher Marlowe. Doctor Faustus (A and B texts); Tamburlaine Part I.

David Mamet. Glengarry Glen Ross; Oleanna.

Charles Marowitz (with Peter Brook).  Marat/Sade.

Frank McGuinness. Observe the Sons of Ulster Marching towards the Somme.

Thomas Middleton. The Changeling; The Roaring Girl.

Arthur Miller.  Death of a Salesman.

Sean O’Casey. Juno and the Paycock.

Eugene O’Neill. Long Day’s Journey into Night.

John Osborne.  Look Back in Anger.

Joe Orton. Loot; What the Butler Saw.

Arthur Wing Pinero.  The Second Mrs. Tanqueray.

Harold Pinter.  The Caretaker; The Homecoming.

William Shakespeare.  Hamlet; King Lear (Q and F); The Tempest; Twelfth Night.

Ntozake Shange. A Theater Piece.

George Bernard Shaw.  Major Barbara. Mrs. Warren’s Profession.

Percy Bysshe Shelley. The Cenci.

Sam ShepardTrue West.

Richard Brinsley Sheridan. The School for Scandal.

Richard Steele.  The Conscious Lovers.

Tom Stoppard.  Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.

Wole Soyinka.  The Strong Breed.

John Millington Synge.  Playboy of the Western World.

Dylan Thomas. Under Milk Wood.

Willam Butler Yeats.  On Baile’s Strand; Purgatory.

Luis Valdez.  Zoot Suit.

Derek Walcott. Dream of Monkey Mountain.

John Webster. The Duchess of Malfi.

Oscar Wilde. The Importance of Being Earnest.

Tennessee Williams. A Streetcar Named Desire.

August Wilson. The Piano Lesson.

William Wycherley. The Country Wife.

Influential Non-Anglophone Plays (alphabetical by author):

Aeschylus. The Oresteia.

Aristophanes. Lysistrata.

Bertolt Brecht. Mother Courage and Her Children.

Anton Chekhov. The Cherry Orchard.

Euripedes. Medea; The Bacchae.

Jean Genet.  The Blacks.

Goethe. Faust Part 1.

Henrik Ibsen. A Doll’s House.

Eugène Ionesco. Rhinoceros.

Kalidasa, Sakuntala.

Federico García Lorca.  Blood Wedding.

Molière. Tartuffe.

Luigi Pirandello. Six Characters in Search of an Author.

Racine. Phèdre.

Sophocles. Antigone; Oedipus Rex.

August Strindberg. Miss Julie.

Zeami. Lady Aoi. (Noh play)

Theoretical and Critical Works (alphabetical by author):

Aristotle. Poetics.

Antonin Artaud. The Theatre and Its Double.

C.L. Barber. Shakespeare’s Festive Comedy.

Jonas Barish. The Anti-Theatrical Prejudice.

Herbert Blau. The Audience.

Augusto BoalThe Theater of the Oppressed.

Bertolt Brecht. On Experimental Theater.

A.C. Bradley. Shakespearean Tragedy.

Oscar Brockett.  Century of Innovation:  A History of European and American Theatre and Drama since 1870.

Peter Brook.  The Empty Space.

Peter Brooks. The Melodramatic Imagination.

Robert Brustein. Theater of Revolt.

William Congreve. “Concerning Humor in Comedy.”

E. Gordon Craig. The Art of the Theatre.

Jonathan Dollimore and Alan Sinfield, eds. Political Shakespeare. First Edition

Martin EsslinThe Theatre of the Absurd.

Stephen Greenblatt. Representing the Renaissance.

Andrew Gurr. The Shakespearean Stage, 1574-1642.

Ben Johnson. Epistle to Volpone.

Jan Kott. Shakespeare Our Contemporary.

David Mamet. Writing in Restaurants.

Manfred Pfister. The Theory and Analysis of Drama.

G.B. Shaw. A Dramatic Realist to His Critics.

Richard Schechner. Environmental Theater.

Philip Sidney. An Apology for Poetry.

Madame Germaine de Staël. Literature Considered in Relation to Social Institutions.

Konstantin Stanislavksy. Creating a Role; My Life in Art.

George Steiner.  The Death of Tragedy.

Victor Turner. From Ritual to Theater.

Robert Weimann. Shakespeare and the Popular Tradition in the Theater: Studies in the Social Dimension of Dramatic Form and Function.

Raymond Williams. Modern Tragedy.

William WorthenModern Drama and the Rhetoric of Theater.

Émile Zola. Naturalism in the Theatre.

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