The M.A. Exam Reading List (Revised Fall 2014)

  1. Plato, Republic (Books 7 and 10), Phaedrus
  2. Aristotle, Poetics
  3. Horace, Ars poetica
  4. Longinus, On the Sublime
  5. Augustine, Confessions (Bk 10), On Christian Doctrine (Bk 2)
  6. Dante, "Epistola a Cangrande," Convivio, Book 1
  7. Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy (first three Meditations)
  8. Kant, Critique of Pure Reason (Preface and Introduction), Critique of Judgment (Selections)
  9. Hegel, The Philosophy of History (Introduction), Phenomenology of Spirit (Lordship and Bondage), Lectures on Fine Arts (Introduction)
  10. Marx, The Communist Manifesto, The 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.
  11. Nietzsche, The 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"
  12. Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams (Avon version of text: 128-253, 311-319, 340-344, 374-388), "Fetishism," "The Uncanny," "Negations," Beyond the Pleasure Principle
  13. Saussure, Course in General Linguistics (Parts 1 and 2)
  14. Lévi-Strauss, "The Science of the Concrete" in The Savage Mind, "The Structural Study of Myth"
  15. Benjamin, "The Storyteller," "The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction," "Theses on the Philosophy of History"
  16. Gramsci, "Hegemony, Relations of Force, Historical Bloc" (189-221) and "Popular Culture" (363-379) in Gramsci Reader
  17. Jakobson, "The Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles," “The Closing Statement”
  18. Heidegger, "The Origin of the Work of Art"
  19. Bakhtin, "Discourse in the Novel," Introduction to Rabelais and His World
  20. Adorno & Horkheimer, “The Concept of Enlightenment” and “The Culture Industry’ from The Dialectic of Enlightenment
  21. Lacan, "The Agency of the Letter in the Unconscious," "The Mirror Stage," "The Signification of the Phallus"
  22. Fanon, Black Skins/White Masks (excerpts), "On National Consciousness" from The Wretched of the Earth
  23. Barthes, "The Death of the Author," "The Structuralist Activity"
  24. Althusser, "Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses"
  25. Derrida, "Structure, Sign and Play," "White Mythology"
  26. Foucault, History of Sexuality Vol. 1, "What is an Author?," "What is Enlightenment?"
  27. Bourdieu, "Structures, Habitus, Practices," "Belief and the Body," both from The Logic of Practice.
  28. Jameson, The 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”)
  29. Deleuze & Guattari, Kafka: Toward a Minor Literature, “Rhizomes” from Anti-Oedipus
  30. Glissant, The Poetics of Relation (trans. Wing), “Approaches” (i.e. Section 1); pp. 111-120 (on francophonie); “For Opacity,” pp. 189-94
  31. Kristeva, "Approaching Abjection" in The Powers of Horror
  32. Spivak, "Can the Subaltern Speak?"
  33. Said, Orientalism (Introduction)
  34. Butler, Gender Trouble (Introduction, Chapter 1, Conclusion), “Gender is Burning” from Bodies that Matter
  35. Chow, "The Old/New Question of Comparison in Literary Studies: A Post-European Perspective," ELH, 71.2 (2004): pp. 289-311

Last modified September 30, 2014
Maintained by Cliff Mak
Program in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania