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 by directing your fellow discussants to particular passages in the text, 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 (trans.), 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.
  • Ahmed Ali (trans.), Al-Qur’an: A Contemporary Translation, Princeton University Press, 2001. ISBN-10: 0691074992.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN-10: 0486280411.
  • John Keats, Pamphlet, internally distributed.
  • Charles Darwin, On the Origin of Species: A Facsimile of the First Edition (1859). Intro. Ernst Mayr. Harvard University Press, 2003. ISBN: 9780674637528.
  • Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother (film). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. College hosts screenings; students are not required to purchase film.
  • Diana Hacker, A Pocket Style Manual, 7th ed (MLA update). Bedford/St. Martins, 2016.

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. College hosts screenings; students are not required to purchase film.
  • William Shakespeare, The Tempest, Robert Langbaum, ed. Signet Classics Editions, 1998. ISBN-13: 9780451527127
  • Aimé Césaire, A Tempest, Richard Miller, trans. Theatre Communications Group, 2002. ISBN-13: 9781559362108
  • 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.
  • Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters. Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN-10: 0190233105.
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved. Vintage. ISBN-10: 1400033411.