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What You Will Read - Spring

Spring Semester (list of texts with edition information
The Stranger, by Albert Camus
Albert Camus, The Stranger

Empathy died today.

The Declaration of Independence
Truths we hold self-evident: Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. At least for some of us.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton “A Declaration of Sentiments”
Life, liberty, and—hey, isn’t it self-evident that this goes for women, too?

Frederick Douglass “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July”
” What indeed? A nation’s hypocrisy held up to a “fiery stream of biting ridicule.”

On Liberty, by John Stuart Mill

John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
Don’t harm others. And never assume your ideas are infallible.

Romantic Poetry

Power? Wealth? What about “little nameless unremembered acts of kindness and of love”?

Karl Marx The Communist Manifesto
Adam Smith turned inside out: power to the proletariat!
Charles Darwin “On the Origin of Species”

So what’s the big deal with evolution anyway?

        The Creation, by E. O. Wilson
E. O. Wilson, The Creation

Have humans betrayed nature, and themselves?

Freud Civilization and its Discontents
Are you talking to me? Does civilization make us neurotic?
The Meursault Investigation, by Kamel Daoud
Michelle Alexander The New Jim Crow

A controversial challenge to the US justice system.

Kamel Daoud, The Meursault Investigation

 The “Stranger” speaks. And he isn’t so strange after all.

Allison Bechdel, Fun Home

The “fun” stands for funeral.