Literary Foundations II

Course Texts

The course texts will be available at Barnes and Noble. You may, of course, purchase them elsewhere. Make sure to acquire your books in time to complete the first reading assignment. Note that the bookstore returns unsold course books to publishers after a few weeks, so do not hold off on buying the books for the latter part of the semester.

N.B. Please purchase these specific editions of the course texts. I have supplied ISBNs (International Standard Book Numbers) for these editions below; use these to search for titles on online bookstores. We will often refer in class to specific pages of our texts, and your participation can only be complete if you can turn easily to the page in question. We are also reading two texts in translation. No two translations are the same; if you are reading a different translation from the one we are studying, you are not doing the required reading.

I am aware that this reading list makes for a rather expensive class. Before you seek “cheaper” alternatives, please consider the value of owning good editions of books, clearly printed and durably bound, with helpful notes, introductions, and other editorial apparatus. These are books you will return to many times in college and beyond. Nonetheless, if costs are a major concern, or if you already own a course book in a different edition, please consult me as soon as possible. The course books will also be on reserve at the library. Electronic texts (Kindle, online, etc.) other than those distributed via the course website are not acceptable in this course.

Dickens, Charles. Great Expectations. Edited by Charlotte Mitchell. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN: 9780141439563.

Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. In “Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave” and “Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl” by Frederick Douglass and Harriet Jacobs. Modern Library. New York: Random House, 2000. ISBN: 9780345478238. [I have placed the Library of America edition on reserve.]

Eliot, T. S. The Waste Land: Authoritative Text, Contexts, Criticism. Edited by Michael North. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 2001. ISBN: 9780393974997.

Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von. The Sorrows of Young Werther. Translated by Burton Pike. Modern Library. New York: Random House, 2004. ISBN: 9780812969900.

Kafka, Franz. The Metamorphosis and Other Stories. Translated by Joyce Crick. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford UP, 2009. ISBN: 9780199238552.

Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein: The 1818 Text, Contexts, Nineteenth-Century Responses, Modern Criticism. Edited by J. Paul Hunter. Norton Critical Edition. New York: Norton, 1996. ISBN: 9780393964585.

Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels. Edited by Robert DeMaria, Jr. Penguin Classics. London: Penguin, 2003. ISBN: 9780141439495.

Woolf, Virginia. Mrs. Dalloway. San Diego: Harcourt, 1925. ISBN: 9780156628709.

Poetry Selections

The readings in poetry will be available on electronic reserve via the library at:
http://ereserves.newschool.edu/eres/coursepass.aspx?cid=1179
The source volumes for the poetry selections are listed below; interested students may wish to purchase them for themselves. I have placed some print editions of these poets on regular reserve as well (not always the same ones, where noted).

Dickinson, Emily. Final Harvest: Emily Dickinson’s Poems. Edited by Thomas H. Johnson. New York: Little, Brown, 1961. ISBN: 0316184152. [I have also placed the more recent edition by R. W. Franklin on reserve.]

Donne, John. The Major Works. Edited by John Carey. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1990. IBSN: 019284041X. [I have placed Carey’s more extensive Longman’s Annotated edition of the Complete Shorter Poems on reserve.]

Milton, John. The Major Works. Edited by Stephen Orgel and Jonathan Goldberg. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. IBSN: 019280409X.

Shelley, Percy Bysshe. The Major Works. Edited by Zachary Leader and Michael O’Neill. Oxford World’s Classics. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2003. IBSN: 0192813749.