Special Collections at UWM Libraries

Great Books 2019-2020 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 26
Walt Whitman
“One’s-Self I Sing” (1867)
“A Woman Waits for Me” (1867)
“I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing” (1892)
“Out of the rolling ocean the crowd” (1860)
“A Noiseless Patient Spider” (1891)
“When I Heard the Learn’d Astronomer” (1865)
“O Captain! My Captain!” (1865)

July 30 (Tuesday)
Jorge Luis Borges
The Golem” (1964) “El Golem” (in Spanish with the rhythm and strict a-b-b-a rhyming pattern that is impossible to reproduce in translation).
“Death and the Compass” (1942)
“The Sect of the Phoenix” (1952)
The South” (1953)

August 27 (Tuesday)
Battle of Thermopylae, History, Book 7, sections 198 thru 239 (440 BCE)

September 25
August Wilson
Fences (1985)

October 30
Murasaki Shikibu
The Tale of Genji, Chapters 1 & 2 only (Early 11th century)

December 4
Marcel Proust
Within A Budding Grove Part 3, volume 2 of Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (Remembrance of Things Past) (1914; published in 1919)


January 29
Steve Gooch
Female Transport (1972)
Optional: See Female Transport, directed by Bill Watson, in the Kenilworth Five-0-Eight black-box theatre, February 26-March 1.

February 26
Trojan Women (415 BCE)
Optional: See Trojan Women, directed by Marti Gobel, on the UWM Mainstage Theatre, March 4-8.

March 25
Sarah Orne Jewett
Poor Joanna Todd Chapters 13-15 from The Country of the Pointed Firs (1910)

Ellen Glasgow
The Shadowy Third” (1916)
A Point in Morals (1898)

April 29
Lysistrata (411 BCE — David Mulroy’s translation)

May 27
William Shakespeare
Richard II (1597)