M.A. Reading List

  • PlatoRepublic (Books 7 and 10), Phaedrus
  • AristotlePoetics
  • HoraceArs poetica
  • LonginusOn the Sublime
  • AugustineConfessions (Bk 10), On Christian Doctrine (Bk 2)
  • Dante, "Epistola a Cangrande," Convivio, Book 1
  • DescartesMeditations on First Philosophy (first three Meditations)
  • KantCritique of Pure Reason (Preface and Introduction), Critique of Judgment (Selections)
  • HegelThe Philosophy of History (Introduction), Phenomenology of Spirit (Lordship and Bondage), Lectures on Fine Arts (Introduction)
  • MarxThe Communist ManifestoThe German Ideology (excerpt from pt. 1 on Feuerbach), excerpts from Capital vol. 1 (Chapter 1, "The Commodity," parts 1-4 [pp. 125-177 in the Ben Fowkes translation]; Chapter 26, the secret of primitive accumulation; and Chapter 33, the modern theory of colonization), excerpt from the Economic and Philosophic Manuscripts on alienated labor.
  • NietzscheThe Birth of Tragedy (Chapters 1-18 including Preface and Introduction), On the Genealogy of Morals (Preface and First Treatise), "On Truth and Lying in an Extramoral Sense"
  • FreudThe Interpretation of Dreams (Avon version of text: 128-253, 311-319, 340-344, 374-388), "Fetishism," "The Uncanny," "Negations," Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  • SaussureCourse in General Linguistics (Parts 1 and 2)
  • Lévi-Strauss, "The Science of the Concrete" in The Savage Mind, "The Structural Study of Myth"
  • Benjamin, "The Storyteller," "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," "Theses on the Philosophy of History"
  • Gramsci, "Hegemony, Relations of Force, Historical Bloc" (189-221) and "Popular Culture" (363-379) in Gramsci Reader
  • Jakobson, "The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles," “The Closing Statement”
  • Heidegger, "The Origin of the Work of Art"
  • Bakhtin, "Discourse in the Novel," Introduction to Rabelais and His World
  • Adorno & Horkheimer, “The Concept of Enlightenment” and “The Culture Industry’ from The Dialectic of Enlightenment
  • Lacan, "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious," "The Mirror Stage," "The Signification of the Phallus"
  • FanonBlack Skins/White Masks (excerpts), "On National Consciousness" from The Wretched of the Earth
  • Barthes, "The Death of the Author," "The Structuralist Activity"
  • Althusser, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses"
  • Derrida, "Structure, Sign and Play," "White Mythology"
  • FoucaultHistory of Sexuality Vol. 1, "What is an Author?," "What is Enlightenment?"
  • Bourdieu, "Structures, Habitus, Practices," "Belief and the Body," both from The Logic of Practice.
  • JamesonThe Political Unconscious (9-57), and from Postmodernism: Or, the Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism, Chapter 1 (“The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism”) and Chapter 2 (“Theories of the Postmodern”)
  • Deleuze & GuattariKafka: Toward a Minor Literature, “Rhizomes” from Anti-Oedipus
  • GlissantThe Poetics of Relation (trans. Wing), “Approaches” (i.e. Section 1); pp. 111-120 (on francophonie); “For Opacity,” pp. 189-94
  • Kristeva, "Approaching Abjection" in The Powers of Horror
  • Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"
  • SaidOrientalism (Introduction)
  • ButlerGender Trouble (Introduction, Chapter 1, Conclusion), “Gender is Burning” from Bodies that Matter
  • Chow, "The Old/New Question of Comparison in Literary Studies: A Post-European Perspective," ELH, 71.2 (2004): pp. 289-311