In the cases where we’ll only read short excerpts from books, I’ll post PDFs on the blog. You should print those so you can take notes while you read, then bring your annotated hard copies to class.

The rest of the course texts are available at the bookstore, and they’re readily available elsewhere, too. They are listed below.

It’s a good idea to get all of the texts in the editions listed here, and that’s especially important for texts that are available also in other translations and editions that are substantively different. I’ve put an asterisk next to those texts, so you can make sure to get the editions listed here. (I’ve selected them with their cost in mind as well as their quality.)


  • Paul Beatty, The Sellout. New York: Picador, 2016. Print.
  • Orhan Pamuk, The Museum of Innocence, tr. Maureen Freely. New York: Vintage, Print.
  • *Plato, The Republic, tr. G. M. A. Grube. Indiana: Hackett, 1992. Print.
  • *Sophocles, Antigone, tr. Richard Emil Braun. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1990. Print.
  • *William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Norton Critical Edition). New York; Norton, Print.
  • Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway, with foreword by Maureen Howard. New York: Mariner Books, 1990. Print. 


  • Eric Hayot, The Elements of Academic Style: Writing in the Humanities. New York: Columbia UP, 2014.
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