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Set Texts

Set Texts 2018-19

The following texts are required for the 2018-19 year. Please make every effort to get the Oxford, Penguin and Faber editions listed below; with translated texts, such as Faust, Kokoro and The Hour of the Star, this is particularly important. The Dover editions are included for the sake of economy, but you’re welcome to get other editions of these texts. Some of the shorter primary texts will be available as photocopied handouts and/or as online reading (pdfs or links).

All set texts are available at the Warwick Bookshop, but most can also be found at http://www.amazon.co.uk (links are provided on the syllabus page) or at http://www.bookfinder.com/. Please remember to bring your copy of the week’s assigned reading to both lectures and seminars; note that coming to class without the reading will be marked as an absence.


Johann von Goethe, Faust Part I, trans. David Luke (Oxford World’s Classics)

Olaudah Equiano, Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavus Vassa, African (Dover Thrift)

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein [1818 Text] (Norton Critical Editions)

Henryk Ibsen, A Doll’s House (Four Major Plays, Oxford World’s Classics)

Natsume Soseki, Kokoro, trans. Meredith McKinney (Penguin Classics)

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (Penguin Popular or Penguin Classics)

Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis, trans. Susan Bernofksy (Norton)

T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land (Dover Thrift)

Katherine Anne Porter, Pale Horse, Pale Rider (Penguin Classics)

Bertolt Brecht, Mother Courage and Her Children, trans. Ralph Manheim (Penguin Classics or Methuen)

Samuel Beckett, Endgame (Faber)

Clarice Lispector, The Hour of the Star (Penguin Classics)

Bessie Head, A Question of Power (Penguin Classics or Heinemann)

Marjane Satrapi, Persepolis (Vintage)


It’s also desirable, but not required, to have copies of the following useful background texts:

Marshall Berman, All that is Solid Melts into Air: The Experience of Modernity (Penguin)

Eric Hobsbawm, The Age of Revolution: Europe, 1789-1848 (Abacus)

—, The Age of Capital, 1848-1875 (Abacus)

—, The Age of Empire, 1875-1914 (Abacus)

—, The Age of Extremes: The Short Twentieth Century, 1914-1991 (Abacus)