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Great Books 2020-2021 Readings

Until otherwise noted, all discussions will take place from 7:00 – 9:00 pm via virtual Zoom session due to the coronavirus pandemic. Please contact Max Yela (maxyela@uwm.edu) for more information on how to attend the discussion.

July 1
Ernest Hemingway

“Fathers and Sons” (1933)

July 29
Henry James
“The Altar of the Dead” (1895)
“Glasses” (1896)

August 26
“The Myth of Er”  Book 10, 613d to 621 of The Republic (ca. 375 BCE)

September 30
Martin Heidegger
“What Calls for Thinking?”
from Basic Writings (1951-2)

October 28
Julio Cortázar
“Blow Up”
“Axolotl” (1952)

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

January 27
Lu Xun
“Diary of a Madman” 
“New Year’s Sacrifice” (1924)

February 24
Augustine of Hippo
“Ambrose and the Conversion of Augustine”
Books 5, 6, and 8 of The Confessions (ca. 400 CE)

March 24
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 28
Edith Sitwell
“Still Falls the Rain” (1940)
“The Lady with the Sewing-Machine” (1920)
T.S. Eliot
“The Hollow Men” (1925)
Mina Loy
“Religious Instruction” (1923)
“Brancusi’s Golden Bird” (1923)

May 26
William Shakespeare
Henry IV, Part 1 (ca. 1597)