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Works Not in English

Reading List for Majors

Note: All lists are political. The political statement of this list is not really one we care to make. The list is insufficiently inclusive of women and non-Europeans. The works presented here are, however, ones that have been highly influential in English literary history. They are those most likely to be expected of aspiring graduate students . We think they are wonderful books — but so are many others not listed here.

Homer:

  • The Iliad
  • The Odyssey

Sappho:

  • Poems

Aeschylus:

  • Oresteia

Sophocles:

  • Oedipus Rex

Euripides:

  • The Trojan Women

Vergil:

  • The Aeneid

Dante:

  • The Divine Comedy

Murasaki:

  • The Tale of Genji

Boccaccio:

  • The Decameron

Rabelais:

  • Gargantua and Pantagruel

Cervantes:

  • Don Quixote

Racine:

  • Phedre

Moliere:

  • Tartuffe

De Lafayette:

  • The Princess of Cleves

Voltaire:

  • Candide

Goethe:

  • Faust

Stendahl:

  • The Red and the Black

Flaubert:

  • Madame Bovary

Tolstoy:

  • War and Peace
  • Anna Karenina

Dostoyevsky:

  • The Brothers Karamazov
  • Crime and Punishment

Ibsen:

  • A Doll's House

Chekhov:

  • The Cherry Orchard

Kafka:

  • The Trial

Proust:

  • Swann's Way

Mann:

  • The Magic Mountain
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