First-Year Seminar Required Texts

Please purchase the exact editions, available from the college bookstore.

Fall 2016 Texts

  • Hannah Arendt, “What Is Freedom?” from Between Past and Future (extracts circulated)
  • Plato, The Last Days of Socrates, ed. Harold Tarrant, trans. Hugh Tredenick, Penguin Classics
  • Plutarch, The Makers of Rome: Nine Lives, trans. Ian Scott-Kilvert, Penguin Classics
  • William Shakespeare, Coriolanus, ed. A. R. Braunmuller and Stephen Orgel, The Pelican Shakespeare, Penguin Classics
  • Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Of the Social Contract and Other Political Writings, trans. Quintin Hoare, ed. Christopher Bertram, Penguin Classics
  • Toussaint L’Ouverture, The Haitian Revolution, ed. Nick Nesbitt, Verso
  • Phillis Wheatley, Complete Writings, ed. Vincent Carretta, Penguin Classics
  • John Stuart Mill and Harriet Taylor Mill, Essays on Sex Equality, ed. Alice S. Rossi, University of Chicago Press
  • Mahatma Gandhi, Selected Political Writings, ed. Dennis Dalton, Hackett
  • Sallust, Catiline’s War, The Jugurthine War; Histories, trans. A. J. Woodman, Penguin Classics
  • Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, ed. Michael Kammen, trans. Elizabeth Trapnell Rawlings, Bedford/ St. Martins
  • Great Speeches of the 20th Century, ed. Bob Blaisdell, Dover Thrift Editions
  • George Orwell, Animal Farm, 50th Anniversary Edition, Signet

Spring 2017 Texts

  • Ralph Waldo Emerson, ‘Self-Reliance’ and Other Essays, Dover Thrift Editions, ISBN:  978-0486277905
  • Aristotle, Nicomachean Ethics, trans. Terence Irwin, Hackett Publications, ISBN:  978-0872204645
  • Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals and Ecce Homo, trans. Walter Kaufmann, Penguin, ISBN: 978-0679724629
  • Augustine, Confessions, trans. R. S. Pine-Coffin, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0140441147
  • Malcolm X and Alex Haley, The Autobiography of Malcolm X, Penguin Modern Classics - trade paperback edition (not mass market edition), ISBN:  978-0345376718
  • Aeschylus, Prometheus Bound, trans. Deborah Roberts, Hackett Publications, ISBN: 978-1603841900
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein, or the Modern Prometheus, ed. Maurice Hindle, Penguin Classics, ISBN: 978-0141439471
  • Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz, Selected Works, trans. Edith Grossman, W. W. Norton, ISBN: 978-0393351880
  • James Joyce, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, ed. Seamus Deane, Penguin Classics , ISBN: 978-0142437346
  • Eleanor Roosevelt, “On the Adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights”; Martin Luther King, Jr., “I Have a Dream"; Harvey Milk, “The Hope Speech” in History’s Greatest Speeches, ed. James Daley, Dover Thrift Editions, ISBN: 978-0486497396
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