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Secondary readings

Plato, Symposium

David Halperin, ‘Plato and the erotics of narrativity’, in Methods of Interpreting Plato and his Dialogues, eds. J. C. Klagge & N. D. Smith, OUP, 1992

Arlene Saxonhouse, ‘The net of Hephaestus: Aristophanes’ speech in Plato’s Symposium' Interpretation: A Journal of Political Philosophy 13(1), 1985

Martha Nussbaum, ‘The speech of Alcibiades: a reading of Plato’s Symposium Philosophy and Literature 3(2), 1979 (reprinted in her The Fragility of Goodness, CUP, 1986)

David O’Connor, ‘Platonic selves in Shelley and Stevens’, in Plato’s Symposium: Issues in Interpretation and Reception, eds. J. Lesher, D. Nails, and F. Sheffield (Washington, D. C.: Center for Hellenic Studies, 2006)

Further Plato readings:

F. M. Cornford, ‘The doctrine of eros in Plato’s Symposium’, in Plato II, ed. G. Vlastos, Anchor, 1971

G. R. F. Ferrari, ‘Platonic love’, in The Cambridge Companion to Plato, ed. R. Kraut, CUP, 1992 [electronic resource]

Angela Hobbs. A. ‘Alcibiades’ revenge: thumos in the Symposium’, in her Plato and the Hero: Courage, Manliness and the Impersonal Good, CUP, 2000

Christopher Janaway, Images of Excellence (OUP, 1998), especially Ch. 3 discussion of Symposium and Plato on aesthetic value [electronic resource]

Richard Hunter, Plato’s Symposium (OUP, 2004)

Osborne, C. ‘Eros, the Socratic spirit: inside and outside the Symposium’, in her Eros Unveiled, OUP, 1994

Plato, Phaedrus (any translation)

Stokes, M. Plato’s Socratic Conversations, chapter 3, Johns Hopkins UP, 1986

Vlastos, G. ‘The individual as an object of love in Plato’, in his Platonic Studies, Princeton, 1973

Warner, M. ‘Love, self and Plato’s Symposium’, The Philosophical Quarterly 29, 1979

_________ ‘Dialectical drama: the case of Plato’s Symposium’, in The Language of the Cave, eds. A. Barker & M. Warner, Academic Printing & Publishing, 1992


Rousseau, Reveries of the Solitary Walker

Ronald Grimsley, ‘The problem of personal existence’, Ch. 9, in The Philosophy of Rousseau, OUP, 1973

David James, ‘Rousseau on dependence and the formation of political society’ European Journal of Philosophy 21: 3 (2013)

Jean Starobinski, ‘The motto Vitam impendere vero and the question of lying’, in The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau, Patrick Riley, ed., CUP, 2001

Jean Starobinski, ‘Reverie and transmutation’, in his Jean-Jacques Rousseau: Transparency and Obstruction, trans. A. Goldhammer (University of Chicago Press, 1988)

Further Rousseau readings:

Michael Bell, Sentimentalism, Ethics and the Culture of Feeling, Palgrave, 2000 (and 2010 electronic resource). See esp. Ch. 6.

J. H. Broome, Rousseau: A Study of His Thought, Edward Arnold, 1963 (see Chapter IX on the Reveries)

Anthony Cascardi, 'The logic of moods: an essay on Emerson and Rousseau’, Studies in Romanticism 24(2), 1985

Ernst Cassirer, The Question of Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 2nd ed., Yale UP, 1989

Nicholas Dent, Rousseau, Routledge, 2005

Timothy O’Hagan, Rousseau, Routledge, 2003

Susan Moller Okin, Women in Western Political Thought, Princeton UP, 1979

Patrick Riley (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Rousseau, CUP, 2001

Lisa Robertson, R's Boat , University of California Press, 2010

Amelie Rorty, ‘Rousseau’s therapeutic experiments’ Philosophy 66(258), 1991

Jean-Jacques Rousseau, The Confessions, tr. J. M. Cohen, Penguin, 1973

___________, 'Letter to D’Alembert on the Theatre', in Politics and the Arts, tr. A. Bloom, Cornell UP, 1960

Jerome Schneewind, The Invention of Autonomy, CUP, 1998. See esp. Chs. 21-22.

Judith Shklar, Men and Citizens: A Study of Rousseau’s Social Theory, CUP, 1969

Charles Taylor, The Sources of the Self: the Making of Modern Identity, CUP, 1989. See esp. Ch. 20.

Bernard Williams, ‘From sincerity to authenticity’, Ch. 8, in Truth and Truthfulness: An Essay in Genealogy, Princeton UP, 2002 [electronic resource]

Woolf, Mrs Dalloway


'Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown’, ‘Modern Fiction’, ‘On Not Knowing Greek’ (1925) in Virginia Woolf, Selected Essays, ed. David Bradshaw (Oxford World’s Classics, 2008)

Short Fiction: ‘Mrs. Dalloway in Bonds Street’, ‘Monday or Tuesday’ in Virginia Woolf, A Haunted House, The complete Shorter Fiction, ed Susan Dick (Vintage, 2003)

Critical Biography

Julia Briggs, Virginia Woolf: An Inner Life (Penguin, 2005)


*Beer, Gillian. ‘The Island and the Aeroplane’ in Homi K. Bhabha (ed) Nation and Narration (1990)

Cohen, Scott. 'The Empire from the Street: Virginia Woolf, Wembley, and Imperial Monuments', Modern Fiction Studies 50.1 (2004)

*Fernihough, Anne. ‘Consciousness as a Stream’ in The Cambridge Companion to the Modernist Novel

Froula, Christina. Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde (Columbia UP, 2005)

Hussey, Mark. The Singing of the Real World: The Philosophy of Virginia Woolf’s Fiction (Ohio State UP, 1986)

Marcus, Laura. Virginia Woolf (Northcote House, 1997)

Naremore, James. World without a Self: Virginia Woolf and the Novel. (Yale UP, 1973)

Zwerdling, Alex. Virginia Woolf and the Real World (U California, 1986)

Dalgarno, Emily, Virginia Woolf and the Visible World (Cambridge UP, 2001)

*Hillis Miller, J. ‘Mrs. Dalloway : Repetition as raising of the Dead’ in Su Reid (ed) Mrs. Dalloway and To the Lighthouse (Macmillan, 1993), 45-56

Di Battista, Maria. ‘Joyce, Woolf and the Modern Mind’ in Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy (eds) Virginia Woolf: New Critical Essays (Vision, 1983), 96-114.

Di Battista, Maria. Virginia Woolf’s Major Novels (Yale UP, 1980)

Jaakko Hintikka, 'Virginia Woolf and Our Knowledge of the External World', Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 38(1), 1979