Special Collections at UWM Libraries

Great Books 2017-2018 Readings

Unless otherwise noted, all discussions take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm in Special Collections on the Fourth Floor of the Golda Meir Library, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

June 28
Gustave Flaubert
A Simple Heart” (1877)
Dance of Death” (1877)


July 26
C. S. Lewis


August 30
Iliad. The Battle of Paris and Menalaus
Book 3 and Book 4 (up through line 222 only)


September 27
Wilkie Collins
House to Let” (1858, written with Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, and Adelaide Anne Procter)


October 25
George Bernard Shaw
Optional: See the UWM Theatre Department production of Major Barbara in November, directed by Rebecca Holderness, date and venue TBA.


November 29
Marcel Proust
Selection from the first part of In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower, volume 2 of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past). (1914)


Holiday Break


January 31
Anton Chekhov
Optional: See the UWM Kenilworth 508 production of Aaron Posner’s 2013 adaptation of The Seagull, Stupid Fucking Bird, directed by Jim Tasse, February 28-March 4.


February 28
Caridad Svich
12 Ophelias (2004)
Optional: See the UWM Mainstage performance of 12 Ophelias,  directed by Bill Watson, March 7-11.


March 28
Mary Wollstonecraft
Introduction and Chapter 12 of A Vindication of the Rights of Woman (1792)
Hannah More
Chapter TwoChapter 4, and Chapter 7 of Strictures on the Modern System of Female Education (1799)


April 25
John Muir
Through the Foothills with a Flock of Sheep” and “The Yosemite” from My First Summer in Yosemite (1911)
Aldo Leopold
The Land Ethic” from A Sand County Almanac (1948)


May 30
Giovanni Boccaccio
The introduction to and all ten stories from the First Day of The Decameron (ca. 1350)