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Most textbooks used in college-level English Literature courses cover the topics relevant to the exam, but the approaches to certain topics and the emphasis given to them may differ.
You should also read critically the contents of at least one literary anthology, many of which are used as textbooks in English literature courses at the college level. Most textbook anthologies contain a representative sample of readings, as well as discussions of historical background, literary styles, and devices characteristic of various authors and periods, and other material relevant to the test. The anthologies do vary somewhat in content, approach and emphasis; you are therefore advised to consult more than one anthology, as well as some specialized books on major authors, periods, and literary forms and terminology. You should also read some of the major novels that are mentioned or excerpted in the anthologies.
CLEP English Literature Examination Guide
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2013 CLEP Official Study Guide
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- Black, Broadview Anthology of British Literature (Broadview)
- Damrosch et al., Longman Anthology of British Literature (Longman)
- Greenblatt, Norton Anthology of English Literature (W.W. Norton)
- Various eds., Oxford Anthology of English Literature (Oxford University Press)
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