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.
  • Robert Alter, Genesis. W. W. Norton & Company, 1997. ISBN-10: 039331670X.
  • 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.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN-10: 0486280411.
  • John Keats, Lyric Poems. Dover Thrift Edition, 1991. ISBN-10: 0486268713.
  • Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition (1859). Intro. Ernst Mayr. Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780674637528.
  • Sigmund Freud, The Uncanny. Trans. David McLintock. Penguin Classics, 2003. ISBN-10: 0142437476.
  • Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother (film). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.
  • Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual, 7th ed. Bedford/St. Martins, 2014. ISBN-13: 9781457642326.

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, Twelfth Night, eds. Roger Warren and Stanley Wells. Oxford World's Classics/Oxford University Press, 2008. ISBN-13: 9780199536092
  • 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.
  • Jorge Luis Borges, Collected Fictions. Trans. Andrew Hurley. Penguin, 1999. ISBN-10: 0140286802.
  • 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.
  • Mike Davis, Late Victorian Holocausts: El Niño Famines and the Making of the Third World. Verso, 2001. ISBN-10:1859843824.
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved. Vintage. ISBN-10: 1400033411.