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The Core Curriculum

Literature Humanities: Texts 1937-2018

The list includes texts designated as optional but not texts read in individual sections during free reading periods (or offered as choice earlier). The sequence of years indicated is always that of academic years regardless of the semester in which the text was read.

Of the texts below, the following were and are customarily read in excerpts: Herodotus, The Persian Wars; Thucydides, The Peloponnesian Wars; Plato, The Republic; Aristotle, Ethics; Old Testament; New Testament; Augustine, Confessions; Dante, Divine Comedy; Boccaccio, Decameron; Rabelais, Gargantua & Pantagruel; Montaigne, Essays; Cervantes, Don Quixote; Spinoza, Ethics; Fielding, Tom Jones; Rousseau, Confessions; and Goethe, Faust.     

During the free choice period at the end of the year, when instructors may choose a nineteenth- or twentieth-century text, and earlier when some room is left in the syllabus for additional choices, the following titles suggest the range of selections made, including the texts listed above and not read during a particular year: Conrad, Heart of Darkness; Joyce Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Morrison, Beloved; Garcia Marquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude; Borges, Labyrinths; Walcott, Omeros; Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God; The Epic of Gilgamesh; Sappho, Poems; Mme De Lafayette, The Princess of Cleves; Voltaire, Candide; Aristophanes; the Lais of Marie de France; and Christine de Pisan's The Book of the City of Ladies.     

Note that Humanities A is also known, thanks to student usage, as Literature Humanities.

AuthorTextAcademic Years
Anon.HYMN TO DEMETER1986-2010
Anon.GILGAMESH2008
HomerILIAD1937-2018
HomerODYSSEY1956-57[S]; 1963-94; 1997-2018
SapphoPOEMS1986-92; 2015-18
AeschylusORESTEIA1937-2018
AeschylusPROMETHEUS BOUND1940-55; 1961[?]-75
HerodotusTHE HISTORIES1938-64; 1966-70;1975-78; 1980-86; 1995-2018
SophoclesOEDIPUS THE KING1937-2015
SophoclesANTIGONE1937-58; 1959-92
SophoclesOEDIPUS AT COLONUS1942-43; 1954-58; 1966-67; 1969-92
SophoclesELECTRA1942-53; 1958-59
SophoclesPHILOCTETES1953-54; 1958-59; 1960-65; 1967-74
SophoclesAJAX1959-63; 1964-65
EuripidesELECTRA1937-54; 1958-79; 1990-92
EuripidesIPHIGENIA IN TAURIS1937-40; 1954-55; 1960-61; 1963-64; 1966-67
EuripidesMEDEA1937-41; 1942-45; 1948-54; 1955-58; 1959-60; 1961-63; 1982-90; 2003-15
EuripidesTHE TROJAN WOMEN1942-49; 1960-61; 1969-74
EuripidesHIPPOLYTUS1941-48; 1951-58; 1959-75
EuripidesTHE BACCHAE1945-48; 1958-59; 1961-62; 1963-64; 1966-67; 1969-70; 1977-78; 1980-2002; 2015-18
EuripidesALCESTIS1954-55; 1966-67; 1969-71
EuripidesHERACLES1962-74
EuripidesORESTES1969-74
ThucydidesTHE PELOPONNESIAN WARS1938-2018
AristophanesFROGS1937-48; 1951-52; 1954-56; 1957-58; 1959-60; 1961-62; 1966-80; 1983-90; 2000-2002
AristophanesCLOUDS1940-41; 1942-51; 1953-55; 1956-57; 1958-59; 1960-62; 1963-76; 1978-79 ; 1990-92; 2006-07
AristophanesBIRDS1941-45; 1950-51; 1957-58
AristophanesTHESMOPHORIAZUSAE1945-47; 1948-50
AristophanesPEACE1947-48
AristophanesLYSISTRATA1951-52; 1953-54; 1955-57; 1958-60; 1961-62; 1963-64; 1966-79; 1982-83; 1998-2000; 2003-05; 2008-15
PlatoAPOLOGY1937-60; 1961-64; 1967-68; 1970-74; 1978-92; 2006-07
PlatoSYMPOSIUM1937-64; 1966-2018
PlatoTIMAEUS1969-70
PlatoEUTHYPHRO1951-58; 1962-64; 1967-68; 1970-71
PlatoPHAEDRUS1958-59; 1967-68; 1969-70
PlatoMENO1959-60; 1969-70; 1971-74
PlatoPROTAGORAS1969-70; 1971-74
PlatoPHAEDO1960-62; 1967-68
PlatoGORGIAS1960-61
PlatoION1961-62
PlatoCRITO1962-64; 1970-71; 1978-79
PlatoREPUBLIC1937-68; 1970-75; 1977- 9?
AristotlePOETICS1937-69; 1972-92
AristotleETHICS1937-58; 1959-92
AristotlePSYCHOLOGY, METAPHYSICS, STATECRAFT1958-59
AristotleMETAPHYSICS1963-65; 1977-78
AristotleINTRODUCTION TO ARISTOTLE1969-70
LucretiusON THE NATURE OF THE UNIVERSE1937-64; 1968-69; 1972-77; 1978-79
LucianSATIRICAL SKETCHES1962-63
Marcus AureliusMEDITATIONS1937-41
VergilAENEID1937-52; 1953-2018 [F1995; S1997-2015; F2015-18]
TacitusANNALS1942-44
TacitusGERMANY1942-44
ApuleiusGOLDEN ASS1963-64; 1966-70; 1972-77; 1980-81; 1983-84; 1993-98
OvidMETAMORPHOSES1972-79; 2009-15
OvidTHE EROTIC POEMS1999-2000
PetroniusSATYRICON1969-70 [S]
Bible (OT)GENESIS1948-49; 1954-55; 1958-72; 1973-94; 1990-2018
Bible (OT)JOB1940-59; 1960-68; 1971-72; 1977-78; 1990-2015
Bible (OT)JONAH1990-92 [F]
Bible (OT)AMOS1953-54; 1959-62; 1964-68
Bible (OT)ECCLESIASTES1966-67; 1969-70
Bible (OT)EXODUS1956-68; 1966-68; 1982-97 [F]
Bible (OT)ISAIAH1962-63; 1986-90
Bible (OT)HOSEA1967-68
Bible (NT)MATTHEW1948-49; 1953-55; 1957-81; 1984-90; 2000-2002
Bible (NT)LUKE1990-2000; 2003-2018
Bible (NT)JOHN1954-55; 1957-72; 1976-77; 1979-80; 1990-2018
Bible (NT)I CORINTHIANS1957-58; 1965-69
Bible (NT)REVELATION1958-59; 1964-69
BibleROMANS1959-64; 1965-71; 1980-90; 1995-97 [F]
BiblePROVERBS1969-70
BibleSONG OF SONGS1969-70; 1990-92
AugustineCONFESSIONS1937-42; 1943-2018
Anon.BEOWULF1974-76; 1978-80
Anon.SIR GAWAIN AND THE GREEN KNIGHT1973-78
Anon.THE CID1974-76
Anon.SONG OF ROLAND1974-76
Anon.HROSWITHA1990-92
GottfriedTRISTAN1981-84
GottfriedPARZIFAL1964-66
DanteINFERNO1937-2018
DantePURGATORIO1945-59; 2007-2010
DantePARADISO1945-49; 1957-58; 1965-66
DanteDIVINE COMEDY1965-66
BoccaccioDECAMERON1986-2011; 2015-2018
MachiavelliTHE PRINCE1937-48
RabelaisGARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUEL I & II1937-67; 1976-77
RabelaisGARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUELI & III1967-68; 1968-69; 1971-72; 1978-86
RabelaisGARGANTUA AND PANTAGRUELI & exc. from II-V1969-70; 1973-76
MontaigneESSAYS1937-60; 1961-2018
MontaigneRAYMOND SEBOND1960-61
ShakespeareI HENRY IV1937-59; 1960-65; 1980-81
ShakespeareII HENRY IV1937-54; 1955-59; 1960-61
ShakespeareTWELFTH NIGHT1937-38; 1939-41; 1945-47
ShakespeareHAMLET1937-58; 1959-60; 2007-08
ShakespeareKING LEAR1937-2006; 2009-18
ShakespeareAS YOU LIKE IT1938-39; 1952-53
ShakespeareMACBETH1941-43
ShakespeareTHE TEMPEST1941-43; 1949-52; 1959-62; 1974-75; 1977-78; 1982-86
ShakespeareMUCH ADO ABOUT NOTHING1943-44
ShakespeareMEASURE FOR MEASURE1944-45
ShakespeareTROILUS AND CRESSIDA1958-59
ShakespeareANTONY AND CLEOPATRA1959-60; 1961-62
CervantesDON QUIXOTE1937-73; 1978-86; 1990-2018
MiltonPARADISE LOST1937-57; 1959-68; 1970-73; 2015-2018
MiltonSAMSON AGONISTES1957-59; 1970-71; 1972-73
MiltonLYCIDASSee bottom of page
SpinozaETHICS1937-57; 1958-68; 1970-71; 1972-73
DescartesMEDITATIONS1966-68; 1980-92
MolièreTARTUFFE1937-58; 1959-67
MolièreTHE PHYSICIAN IN SPITE OF HIMSELF1937-44; 1950-58; 1961-64
MolièreTHE SCHOOL OF WIVES1938-64
MolièreTHE BOURGEOIS GENTLEMAN1944-49
MolièreTHE WOULD BE INVALID1953-54; 1958-59
MolièreTHE PRECIOUS RIDICULOUS1958-59
Mme. de LafayetteTHE PRINCESS OF CLEVES1986-90
SwiftGULLIVER'S TRAVELS1937-68; 1970-73; 1982-84
FieldingTOM JONES1937-49
HumeDIALOGUE CONCERNING NATURAL RELIGION1957-58
DiderotRAMEAU'S NEPHEW1955-56
RousseauCONFESSIONS1937-45; 1972-73; 1978-79
LessingLAOCOON1945-46
VoltaireCANDIDE1937-52; 1953-55; 1956-8; 1959-63; 1979-80
VoltaireZADIG AND MICROMEGAS1958-59
GoetheFAUST1937-45; 1950-58; 1959-67; 1970-72; 1978-79; 1986-2000; 2012-2015
NietzscheBEYOND GOOD AND EVIL1955-56; 1958-59; 1979-80
BlakePORTABLE BLAKE1967-68
AustenPRIDE AND PREJUDICE1985-2018
StendhalTHE RED AND THE BLACK1972-73; 1981-82
DostoyevskyCRIME AND PUNISHMENT1952-58; 1959-62; 1970-73; 1978-84; 2000-2018
DostoyevskyTHE DEVILS1958-59
DostoyevskyNOTES FROM UNDERGROUND1962-68; 1970-73; 1978-79
ShawMAN AND SUPERMAN1952-53
MelvilleMOBY DICK1972-73
AdamsEDUCATION1955-56
KafkaTHE TRIAL or METAMORPHOSIS1972-73
YeatsSELECTED POEMS1955-56
WoolfTO THE LIGHTHOUSE1990-2018
HavelGARDEN PARTY2006

NB: The record is not clear on this but, since some veterans insist Lycidas was read as a required text, I include it here.