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Tentative Reading List

HON 101 (1st semester): Ancient Greece
The Epic of Gilgamesh
Homer: the Iliad, the Odyssey
The Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Job
Sophocles: Trojan Women, Oedipus Rex (the King), Antigone
Aeschylus: The Oresteia
Euripides: The Bacchae, Medea
Aristophanes: Birds, Lysistrata, Frogs, Clouds
Plato: The Dialogues of Plato, The Republic
Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethic, Poetics

HON 102 (2nd semester): Ancient Rome & Medieval World
Confucius: The Analects
Tao Te Ching

Lucretius: On the Nature of Things
Virgil: The Aeneid
Ovid: The Metamorphoses
Aurelius: Meditations
Boethius: The Consolation of Philosophy
Augustine: Confessions, The City of God (selections)
Beowulf

The Song of Roland
One Thousand and One Arabian Nights
Chaucer: The Canterbury Tales
Dante: The Inferno
The Poetic Edda
(selections)
Qur'an (selected suras)
Anselm & Aquinas: readings in medieval theology (handout)
Sundiate

HON 201 (3rd semester): Renaissance & Enlightenment
Luther: On Christian Liberty
Erasmus: Praise of Folly
Marlowe: The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus
Shakespeare: King Lear, The Merchant of Venice
Molière: Tartuffe, The Misanthrope
Déscartes: Meditations
Montaigne: Essays
Hobbes: Leviathan (Part One)
Milton: Paradise Lost
Cervantes: Don Quixote
Swift: Gulliver's Travels
Voltaire: Candide
selections from science (handouts)
Donne: selected poetry (handouts)

HON 202 (4th semester): 19th Century
Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future System
Romantic poets: (Keats & Shelley): selected poems (handout)
Whitman: selected poems (handout)
Shelley: Frankenstein (1818 edition.)
Goethe: Faust
Marx & Engels: The Communist Manifesto
Melville: Moby Dick
Darwin: The Origin of Species (selections)
Flaubert: Madame Bovary
Mill: On Liberty, Utilitarianism
Thoreau: Walden, Civil Disobedience
Twain: Huckleberry Finn
Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment
Du Bois: The Souls of Black Folks
Douglass: The Life of Frederick Douglass
Washington: Up From Slavery
Jacobs: The Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

HON 301 (5th semester): 20th Century
Nietzsche: The Gay Science
Conrad: Heart of Darkness
Achebe: Things Fall Apart
Kafka: The Metamorphosis, The Penal Colony, Before the Law
Eliot: The Wasteland, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock
Woolf: To the Lighthouse, A Room of One's Own
Freud: Civilization and Its Discontents
Foucault: The History of Sexuality Volume I
Wittgenstein: Philosophical Investigations Part I
Camus: Myth of Sisyphus, The Plague
Borges: Ficciones
Faulkner: Absalom, Absalom!
de Beauvoir: The Second Sex (selections)
Said: Orientalism (selections)
Fanon: The Wretched of the Earth
Havel: Living in Truth (read only essays by Havel)
Pynchon: The Crying of Lot 49
Vonnegut: Slaughterhouse 5
Pirandello: Six Characters in Search of an Author
Miller: Death of a Salesman

(tentative reading list revised Spring 2014)

 

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