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

  • Kate Brown, Plutopia: Nuclear Families, Atomic Cities, and Great Soviet and American Plutonium Disasters. Oxford University Press, 2015. ISBN-10: 0190233109.
  • Avard Fairbanks, Marcus Whitman Statue, Whitman College Collection.
  • A Proper Monument?, Exhibition in Maxey Museum, Whitman College.
  • W. E. B. Du Bois, The Souls of Black Folk, Dover Publications, 1994. ISBN-10: 0486280411.
  • Primo Levi, The Periodic Table, Schocken, 1995.  ISBN-13: 978-0805210415
  • Octavia Butler, Parable of the Sower, Grand Central Publishing, 2000. ISBN-13: 978-0446675505
  • The New Testament, NRSV, Tellings of the parable of the sower from Mark, Matthew, and Luke. Available online
  • 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
  • Plato, Apology and Crito in The Trial and Death of Socrates, 3rd ed., Hackett, 2000.  ISBN-13: 978-0872205543
  • Martin Luther King Jr., "Letter from a Birmingham Jail." Available online

Spring Semester

  • Karl Marx, Selected Writings. Ed. Laurence H. Simon. Hackett, 1994. ISBN: 0872202186.
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morality. Trans. Clark, Maudemarie and Alan Swenson. Hackett, 1998. ISBN-13: 9780872202832.
  • Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex. Trans. Constance Borde and Sheila Malovany-Chevallier. New York: Vintage, 2011. ISBN-10: 030727778X.
  • Gillo Pontecorvo, The Battle of Algiers (film). Criterion Collection. Provided through Kanopy streaming service and Penrose Library; students are not required to purchase film.
  • Therīgāthā: Poems of the First Buddhist Women, Charles Hallisey, trans., Harvard University Press, 2015. ISBN-13: 978-0674427792
  • Malcolm X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X: As Told to Alex Haley, Ballantine, 1987.  ISBN-13: 978-0345350688
  • Audre Lorde, The Black Unicorn, Reissue Edition, W. W. Norton and Co., 1995. ISBN-13: 978-0393312379
  • Pedro Almodóvar, All About my Mother (film). Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. College hosts screenings; students are not required to purchase film.