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 F20 Gilgamesh, trans. Mitchell B&N
CC101 F20 The Odyssey by Homer, trans. Fitzgerald B&N
CC101 F20 Odysseus at Troy, trans. Esposito B&N
CC101 F20 The Republic by Plato, trans. Reeve B&N
CC101 F20 The Five Books of Moses, trans. Alter B&N
CC102 S21 The Daodejing of Laozi, trans. Ivanhoe B&N
CC102 S21 The Conference of the Birds by Attar, trans. Davis B&N
CC102 S21 The Gospel of Matthew from the New Testament (RSV) B&N
CC102 S21 The Gospel of John from the New Testament (RSV) B&N
CC102 S21 The Analects by Confucius, trans. Burton Watson B&N
CC102 S21 Inferno by Dante, trans. Mandelbaum B&N
CC102 S21 Purgatorio by Dante, trans. Mandelbaum B&N
CC102 S21 Paradiso by Dante, trans. Mandelbaum B&N
CC102 S21 The Aeneid by Virgil, trans. Fitzgerald B&N
CC102 S21 selections from the works of Hrosvitha packet
CC102 S21 Nicomachean Ethics by Aristotle, trans. Ostwald B&N
CC111 F20 Custom online textbook (on course webpage)
CC201 F20 The Prince by Machiavelli, trans. Wootton B&N
CC201 F20 The Canzoniere by Petrarch, trans. Musa B&N
CC201 F20 The Sonnets by William Shakespeare B&N
CC201 F20 Hamlet by William Shakespeare B&N
CC201 F20 Discourse on Method and Meditations by René Descartes, trans. Lafleur B&N
CC201 F20 Don Quixote by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, trans. Rutherford B&N
CC201 F20 Paradise Lost by John Milton B&N
CC201 F20 The Complete Essays by Michel de Montaigne, trans. Screech B&N
CC202 S21 Candide by Voltaire, trans. Wootton B&N
CC202 S21 Confessions by Jean-Jacques Rousseau, trans. Scholar B&N
CC202 S21 Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, trans. Kauffmann B&N
CC202 S21 Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen B&N
CC202 S21 Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman B&N
CC202 S21 Groundwork of the Metaphysics of Morals by Immanuel Kant, trans. Grego & Timmermann B&N
CC202 S21 English Romantic Poetry: An Anthology edited by Applebaum B&N
CC202 S21 On the Genealogy of Morality by Friedrich Nietzsche, trans. Diethe B&N
CC202 S21 The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Du Bois B&N
CC202 S21 The Poems of Emily Dickinson, ed. Franklin B&N
CC202 S21 Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf B&N
CC212 S21 Merchants of Doubt by Naomi Oreskes and Erik Conway B&N
CC221 F20 The Marx and Engels Reader, edited by Tucker B&N
CC221 F20 The Division of Labor in Society by Émile Durkheim B&N
CC221 F20 The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber B&N
CC221 F20 Leviathan by Thomas Hobbes B&N
CC221 F20 Basic Political Writings by Jean-Jacques Rousseau B&N
CC221 F20 Second Treatise of Government by John Locke B&N
CC212 S20 Merchants of Doubt by Oreskes and Conway B&N
CC222 S21 The New Jim Crow by Alexander B&N
CC222 S21 Civilization and its Discontents by Freud, trans. Strachey B&N
CC222 S21 Discipline and Punish by Foucault, trans. Sheridan B&N
CC222 S21 Black Skin, White Masks by Fanon, trans. Philcox B&N
CC222 S21 Gender Trouble by Judith Butler B&N
CC222 S21 Corrosion of Character by Richard Sennett B&N