Texts and Editions

The following texts will be made available at the beginning of the term at the Whitman College book store.  If you choose to secure these texts through another source, make sure to obtain the correct editions; see the ISBN numbers to make sure you have the correct editions.  Since you’ll be using these books in class to support your interpretations and arguments, it is important for everyone to have the same editions.

Fall Semester

  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: the original 1818 text. Broadview Press, 3rd edition, 2012. ISBN-13: 9781554811038.
  • Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition (1859). Intro. Ernst Mayr. Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780674637528.
  • Robert Alter, Genesis. W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. ISBN-10: 039331670X.
  • The Qur’an. Trans. M.A.S. Abdel Haleem. Oxford World's Classics/Oxford University Press, 2010. ISBN-10: 0199535957.
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex. Trans. Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. New York: Vintage, 2011. ISBN-10: 030727778X.
  • The Bhagavad-Gita. Trans. Barbara Stoler Miller. Bantam Classics, 1986. ISBN-10: 0553213652.
  • Plato, Symposium. Trans. Nehamas and Woodruff. Hackett, 1989. ISBN-10: 0872200760.
  • Christine de Pizan, The Book of the City of Ladies, trans. Rosalind Brown-Grant. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN-13: 9780140446890.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN-10: 0486280411.
  • The Gospel According to Luke. NRSV text.  (Luke online reading instructions: follow the link to Oxford Biblical Studies Online.  Select "New Oxford Annotated Bible [NSRV]" under the "Bible Texts" tab.  Navigate to Luke using the directory on the left hand side of the text: The New Testament\The Gospels\The Gospel According to Luke.  Navigate through the chapters using the directlry to the left of the text.  Especially if your section has a "no electronics" policy, your instructor may require you to print the reading so you can bring it to class.)
  • John Keats, Lyric Poems. Dover Thrift Edition, 1991. ISBN-10: 0486268713.
  • Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother (film). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
  • Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual, 6th ed. Bedford/St. Martins, 2012. ISBN-13: 9780312542542.

Spring Semester

  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings. Ed. Laurence H. Simon. Hackett, 1994. ISBN: 0872202186.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals. Trans. Douglas Smith. Oxford World's Classics/Oxford University Press, 1996. ISBN-13: 9780199537082.
  • M. K. Gandhi, 'Hind Swaraj' and Other Writings Centenary Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2009. ISBN-10: 052114602X.
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film). Criterion Collection.
  • William Shakespeare, Hamlet, ed. G. R Hibbard. Oxford World's Classics/Oxford University Press, 1998. ISBN-13: 9780199535811
  • Tom Stoppard, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. New York: Grove Press, 1967. ISBN-13:9780802132758.
  • Francis Bacon, The New Organon. Eds. Lisa Jardine, Michael Silverthorne. Cambridge University Press. ISBN-10: 0521564832.
  • Werner Heisenberg, “The Copenhagen Interpretation of Quantum Theory”  (This link directs you to the e=reserve page for Encounters, hosted at the Penrose Library.  This page contains the reading assignment in .pdf format.  If prompted for a password, use "encounters".  Especially if your section has a "no electronics" policy, you may need to preint the essay and bring it to class.
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History. Pantheon Books. ISBN-10: 0394747232.
  • Art Spiegelman, Maus II: A Survivor’s Tale: And Here My Troubles Began. Pantheon Books. ISBN-10: 0679729771.
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved. Vintage. ISBN-10: 1400033411.
  • Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World. Verso, 2001. ISBN-10:1859843824.