Classic books, in close conversation.

“I sit with Shakespeare, and he winces not.” – WEB DuBois

This list is updated for the start of each semester, so that students will know in advance what books will be required for their Core courses. Click the links in the right column to see the exact editions being used in the current semester.

Copies of the Core texts can be obtained from the Core office, as long as supplies allow, for the entire semester (in the form of books donated by alumni to Core Book Bank) or for a set period of time (as books signed-out from the Core library).

Course Semester Title, with Author(s) and Translators link
CC101 F22 Gilgamesh, trans. Mitchell B&N
CC101 F22 The Odyssey by Homer, trans. Fitzgerald B&N
CC101 F22 Odysseus at Troy, trans. Esposito B&N
CC101 F22 The Republic by Plato, trans. Reeve B&N
CC101 F22 The Five Books of Moses, trans. Alter B&N
CC102 S23 The Daodejing of Laozi, trans. Ivanhoe B&N
CC102 S23 The Conference of the Birds by Attar, trans. Davis B&N
CC102 S23 The Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament (RSV) B&N
CC102 S23 The Gospel of John from the New Testament (RSV) B&N
CC102 S23 The Analects by Confucius, trans. Watson B&N
CC102 S23 Inferno by Dante, trans. Mandelbaum B&N
CC102 S23 Purgatorio by Dante, trans. Mandelbaum B&N
CC102 S23 Paradiso by Dante, trans. Mandelbaum B&N
CC102 S23 The Aeneid by Virgil, trans. Fitzgerald B&N
CC102 S23 selections from the works of Hrosvitha packet
CC102 S23 Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, trans. Ostwald B&N
CC111 F22 Custom online textbook (on course webpage)
CC201 F22 two letters from Petrarch packet
CC201 F22 The Canzionere by Petrarch, trans. Musa B&N
CC201 F22 The Prince by Machiavelli, trans. Wootton B&N
CC201 F22 The Essays: A Selection by Michel de Montaigne, trans. Screech B&N
CC201 F22 selected poems, prayers, letters, and speeches of Queen Elizabeth I packet
CC201 F22 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, trans. Rutherford B&N
CC201 F22 The Sonnets by William Shakespeare B&N
CC201 F22 Hamlet by William Shakespeare B&N
CC201 F22 Discourse on Method and Meditations by René Descartes, trans. Lafleur B&N
CC201 F22 The Convent of Pleasure by Margaret Cavendish packet
CC201 F22 Paradise Lost by John Milton B&N
CC202 S23 Candide by Voltaire, trans. Wootton B&N
CC202 S23 Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass B&N
CC202 S23 The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov, trans. Nelson, Pevear and Volokhonsky B&N
CC202 S23 Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, trans. Kauffmann B&N
CC202 S23 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen B&N
CC202 S23 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman B&N
CC202 S23 Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant, trans. Grego & Timmermann B&N
CC202 S23 English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology edited by Appelbaum B&N
CC202 S23 On the Genealogy of Morality by Friedrich Nietzsche, trans. Diethe B&N
CC202 S23 The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois B&N
CC202 S23 Frankenstein by Mary Shelley B&N
CC212 S23 Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway B&N
CC221 F22 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes B&N
CC221 F22 Second Treatise of Government by John Locke B&N
CC221 F22 Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau B&N
CC221 F22 excerpt from “Of the Original Contract” by David Hume packet
CC221 F22 selections of declarations of liberty and equality packet
CC221 F22 A Vindication of the Rights of Women by Mary Wollstonecraft packet
CC221 F22 excerpts from Rousseau’s Emile packet
CC221 F22 Democracy in America by Alexis de Tocqueville B&N
CC221 F22 The Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith packet
CC221 F22 The Marx and Engels Reader, edited by Tucker B&N
CC221 F22 The Division of Labor in Society by Émile Durkheim B&N
CC221 F22 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber B&N
CC212 S23 Merchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway B&N
CC222 S23 The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander B&N
CC222 S23 Civilization and its Discontents by Freud, trans. Strachey B&N
CC222 S23 Discipline and Punish by Foucault, trans. Sheridan B&N
CC222 S23 Black Skin, White Masks by Fanon, trans. Philcox B&N
CC222 S23 In the Ruins of Neoliberalism by Wendy Brown B&N
CC320 F22 Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, trans. Kauffmann B&N
CC320 S23 Gilgamesh, trans. Mitchell (for Tabatabai section, B1) B&N
CC320 S23 Genesis (for Prentice section, A1) B&N