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A list of suggested secondary reading, both thematic and contextual works and studies of particular authors, groups of authors, genres etc. can be found here: As of August 2018, this list is still showing the 2017/18 reading list. A fresh reading list has been sent tothe library and they will update the website before the start of term. Please note that the primary texts for 2018/19 are those listed below.

As well as the books on the reading list, you should look out for the essays contained in both Cambridge Companions and Oxford Handbooks. The former are usually more general introductions whilst the latter can be a bit more specialised. Both tend to be good and helpful.

You are also encouraged to explore the (many) good journals in which you are likely to find articles relevant to the course. Search for articles on JSTOR or the MLA Bibliography. Some journals you might consider looking at include but are not limited to: The Seventeenth Century, The Review of English Studies, Renaissance Quarterly, Renaissance Studies, Studies in Philology, Essays in Criticism, Milton Studies, Milton Quarterly, Restoration: Studies in English Literary Culture 1660-1700, The Huntington Library Quarterly.

PRIMARY TEXTS (2018-19) - all essential

The Broadview Anthology of Seventeenth-Century Verse and Prose ed. Alan Rudrum, Holly Faith Nelson, and Joseph Black (Broadview Press, 2000).

Aphra Behn, Oroonoko, The Rover and Other Works ed. Janet Todd (Penguin Classics, 2003).

John Webster, The White Devil ed. Christina Luckyj (Bloomsbury, 2008).

Three Seventeenth-Century Plays on Women and Performance eds Hero Chalmers, Julie Sanders and Sophie Tomlinson (Manchester, 2006).

Three Restoration Comedies ed. Gamini Salgado (Penguin Classics, 2005).