Course History

General Studies 145/146 changes in small ways each year, and periodically undergoes a review by the faculty that leads to more substantial changes.  On this page you will find the reading lists for the course since Fall 2009.  Works are listed in the order that they were read.

2013-2014

Fall Semester

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Genesis
  • The Qur’an
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Plato, Symposium
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies
  • Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition (1859)
  • John Keats, Lyric Poems
  • Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother (film)

Spring Semester

  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
  • M. K. Gandhi: 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings Centenary Edition
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film)
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead
  • Francis Bacon, The New Organon
  • Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory”
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World

2012-2013

Fall Semester

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition (1859)
  • Genesis
  • The Qur’an
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex
  • The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Plato, Symposium
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • Christine de Pizan, The Selected Writings of Christine de Pizan
  • Euripides, The Bacchae
  • John Keats, Lyric Poems
  • Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother (film)

Spring Semester

  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals
  • M. K. Gandhi: 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings Centenary Edition
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film)
  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest
  • Aime Cesaire, A Tempest
  • Francis Bacon, The New Organon
  • Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory”
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Bill McKibben, Earth: Making Life on a Tough New Planet

2011-2012

Fall Semester

  • Homer, Odyssey
  • The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
  • Genesis
  • Exodous
  • Euripides, The Bacchae
  • The Gospel According to Luke
  • Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad
  • The Qur’an
  • Seneca, Selected Letters and "On the Private Life"
  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • M. K. Gandhi, "Message of the Gita" and Selected Political Writings
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film)
  • Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Spring Semester

  • Plato, Symposium
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • William Shakespeare, Othello
  • Galileo, "Letter to the Grand Dutchess Christina"
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method
  • Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon (film)
  • Frayn, Copenhagen
  • Paul's Epistle to the Romans
  • Miguel Leon-Portilla, The Broken Spears
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Poems, Protest, and a Dream
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved

2010-2011

Fall Semester

  • Homer, Odyssey
  • The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began
  • Genesis
  • Exodous
  • Euripides, The Bacchae
  • The Gospel According to Luke
  • Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad
  • The Qur’an
  • Seneca, Selected Letters and "On the Private Life"
  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • M. K. Gandhi, "Message of the Gita" and Selected Political Writings
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film)
  • Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Spring Semester

  • Plato, Symposium
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • William Shakespeare, Othello
  • Galileo, "Letter to the Grand Dutchess Christina"
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method
  • Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon (film)
  • Frayn, Copenhagen
  • Paul's Epistle to the Romans
  • Miguel Leon-Portilla, The Broken Spears
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Poems, Protest, and a Dream
  • Conrad, Heart of Darkness
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved

2009-2010

Fall Semester

  • The Bhagavad-Gita
  • Homer, Odyssey
  • Sappho, selected poems
  • Charlie Chaplin, City Lights (film)
  • Genesis
  • Euripides, The Bacchae
  • The Gospel According to Luke
  • Ibn Ishaq, The Life of Muhammad
  • The Qur’an
  • Cicero, On Duties
  • Machiavelli, The Prince
  • Rousseau, Origins of Inequality
  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings
  • M. K. Gandhi, "Message of the Gita" and Selected Political Writings
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film)
  • Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from Birmingham Jail"

Spring Semester

  • Plato, Symposium
  • Augustine, Confessions
  • William Shakespeare, Othello
  • Galileo, "Letter to the Grand Dutchess Christina"
  • Descartes, Discourse on Method
  • Akira Kurosawa, Rashomon (film)
  • Frayn, Copenhagen
  • Euripides, Madea
  • Exodous
  • Miguel Leon-Portilla, The Broken Spears
  • Sor Juana Ines de la Cruz, Poems, Protest, and a Dream
  • Voltaire, Candide
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved