Honors Program Reading List

Honors Program Reading List

HON 101 (1st semester): Ancient Greece

  • The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Homer: the Iliad, the Odyssey
  • The Bible: Genesis, Exodus, Job
  • Sophocles: Oedipus Rex, Antigone
  • Aeschylus: The Oresteia
  • Euripides: Medea
  • Aristophanes: Lysistrata
  • Plato: The Dialogues of Plato, The Republic
  • Aristotle: The Nicomachean Ethics

HON 102 (2nd semester): Ancient Rome & Medieval World

  • Confucius: The Analects
  • Tao Te Ching
  • Selections from Buddhist Scriptures
  • 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
  • Qur'an (selected suras)
  • Anselm & Aquinas: readings in medieval theology (handout)
  • Sundiata

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 (selections)
  • Hobbes: Leviathan (Part One)
  • Milton: Paradise Lost
  • Cervantes: Don Quixote
  • Swift: Gulliver's Travels
  • Voltaire: Candide

HON 202 (4th semester): 19th Century

  • Kant: Prolegomena to Any Future System
  • 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 Folk
  • 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 Fall 2016

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