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Homer, Iliad, Odyssey

Aeschylus, Oresteia; Prometheus Bound

Sophocles, Oedipus Rex; Antigone; Oedipus at Colonus

Vergil, Aeneid

Ovid, Metamorphoses

Lucretius, On the Nature of the Universe

Dante, The Divine Comedy; The Letter to Can Grande

Boccaccio, Decameron

Pirandello, Six Characters in Search of an Author; Rules Of The Game; Henry IV; It Is So (If You Think It So)

Cervantes, Don Quixote

Tirso de Molina, The Trickster of Seville

Calderón, Life Is A Dream

Lope de Vega, Sleepwell (Fuente ovejuna)

Borges, Ficciones

Moliere. Tartuffe; Don Juan; The Misanthrope

Baudelaire, The Flowers of Evil; selections from the literary and art criticism

Proust, Swann's Way; The Past Recaptured

Goethe, Faust, Part One and Act Five from Part Two.

Kafka, The Trial; The Castle; Amerika

Mann, Tonio Kröger; Death in Venice; The Magic Mountain

Wang Wei, The Poetry of Wang Wei, ed. Pauline Yu; Hiding the Universe: Poems by Wang Wei, ed. Wai-lim Yip (Grossman Pub.); The Poems of Wang Wei, trans. G.W. Robinson (Penguin Books) Also see: James Liu, The Art of Chinese Poetry.

Cáo Xuegin (Ts'ao Hsueh-ch'in), Dream of the Red Chamber (C.C. Wang trans., abr.); The Story of the Stone (David Hawkes, trans.: Vols. I, II and--if available-III); also see: Liu Wu-chi, An Introduction to Chinese Literature, pp. 237-246; C.T. Hsia, The Classic Chinese Novel, intro. and chap. VII; Jeanne Knoerle, S.P., The Dream of the Red Chamber.

Lu-Xùn (Lu Hsun), Complete Short Stories (Indiana UP). Also see: C.T. Hsia, A History of Modern Chinese Fiction, 1917-1957, pp. 3-54; T.A. Hsia, The Gate of Darkness: Studies of the Leftist Literary Movement in China: articles on Lu Xún; Milena Dolezelova, "Lu Xún's 'Medicine': in Merle Goldman, ed., Modern Chinese Literature in the May Fourth Era; William A. Lyell, Jr., Lu Hsun's Visions of Reality.

Gogol, The Inspector General; "The Nose"; "The Overcoat"; "Notes of a Madman"; Dead Souls.

Dostoevsky, The Double; Notes from Underground; Crime and Punishment (Norton Critical Ed.); The Devils; The Brothers Karamazov (Norton Critical Ed.)

Tolstoy, The Cossacks; War and Peace ; (Norton Critical Ed.); Anna Karenina (Norton Critical Ed.); The Death of Ivan Ilych.

Shakespeare, As You Like It; Hamlet; Othello; King Lear; Macbeth; Antony and Cleopatra; The Tempest; Henry IV, 1 & 2.

Milton, Lycidas; Comus; the sonnets; Paradise Lost

Wordsworth, "Tintern Abbey"; "Michael"; "Resolution and Independence"; "Ode: Intimations of Immortality"; The Prelude ; "Elegaic Stanzas"; Preface to Lyrical Ballads

Joyce, Dubliners; A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Ulysses

Emerson, Nature; "The American Scholar"; "The Divinity School Address"; Essays: First and Second Series

Melville, Moby-Dick; "Bartleby the Scrivener"; Billy Budd; "Hawthorne and His Mosses" and letters to Hawthorne.

Faulkner, Light in August; The Sound and The Fury; Absalom, Absalom!

Murasaki Shikibu, The Tale of Genji (tr. E. Seidensticker). The Diaries (tr. R. Bowring).

Chikamatsu Monzaemon, Four Major Plays (tr. D. Keene): The Love-Suicides of Sonezaki; The Battle of Coxinga; The Uprooted Pine; The Love-Suicides of Amijima.

Natsume Soseki, Kokoro (tr. E. McClellan).

Plato, Apology; Crito; Phaedo; Symposium; Republic

Aristotle, Poetics

Old Testament, Genesis; Exodus; Ecclesiastes; Psalms; Job; Song of Songs

New Testament, Matthew; John;Revelation; Epistle to the Romans

Rousseau, Confessions; Social Contract; Discourse on Inequality; Discourse on the Origins of Languages; Letter to D'Alembert

Darwin, The Origin of Species

Marx, The Communist Manifesto; Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts of 1844; The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Bonaparte; selections from Capital

Freud, The General Introduction to Psychoanalysis; The Interpretation of Dreams; Civilization and its Discontents


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