Reading List

A Full-Spectrum Reading List for Julia (8/11)

Our goal is to offer Julia a “first-read” introduction of the sweep and scope of world literature with an accent on classical western literature including the King James Bible. We are sampling all genres (poetry, fiction–novels and short stories , drama, and non-fiction, including a variety in essay form.) For all works, we will consider historical context and biography of the author. In addition, Julia will have depth in Jane Austen (all six novels, letters, biography, and some criticism) and Shakespeare (at least 10 plays read aloud, a number of sonnets, biography, understanding of the Elizabethan age, and selected critical commentary.) Click here  and scroll to the end of the page (“Other News”) to see a description of 2013 Readers’ Theater of Hamlet.

 Read to date:

  • Shakespeare:  A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Twelfth Night, with plans for Measure for Measure, The Tempest, Julius Caesar, Antony and Cleopatra, Hamlet, King Lear, Richard II and Richard III plus selected sonnets; Lamb’s redactions.
  • Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice and Northanger Abbey with plans for Sense and Sensibility, Mansfield Park, Persuasion, and Emma.
  • Antigone
  • Plato’s Republic (selections)
  • Herodutus’ History (selections + 24 lectures from Elizabeth Vandiver)
  • Odyssey and Iliad (with 12 lectures for each by Vandiver); also 24 Vandiver lectures on Classical Mythology
  • Lots of poetry, especially Dickenson, Frost, Stevens, and Yeats. She hated Poe. Mary Oliver, Seamus Heaney
  • The Hobbit ; The Lord of the Rings, some of Silmarillion
  • The Aeneid

Working Schedule for Julia’s Reading List (8/11)

September 2011

  • Complete Shakespeare: Twelfth Night + YS Seminar; selected Teaching Company Lectures; watch two film versions
  • Complete Aeneid  & review with Sparks notes

October 2011

  • Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Review Elizabeth Vandiver’s Classical Mythology Course)
  • Barbara Pym’s Excellent Women

November 2011

  • Ovid’s Metamorphoses (Continue to review Vandiver)
  • Rilke’s Letters to a Young Poet

December 2011

  • Poetry (including some by Rilke, “On an Archaic Torso of Apollo” & others)
  • Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald (Maybe “A Diamond as Big as the Ritz” & “BabylonRevisited”)

January 2012

  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Virgil’s Georgics

February 2012

  • Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
  • Virgil’s Georgics

March 2012

  • The Tale of Genji
  • Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar

April 2012

  • The Tale of Genji
  • Shakespeare’s Antony and Cleopatra

May 2012

  • The Tale of Genji
  • Walt Whitman’s poetry (selections from “Song of Myself, “Crossing Brooklyn Ferry,” “When Lilacs Last in the Dooryard Bloomed,” and “Out of the Cradle, Endlessly Rocking”)

June 2012

  • Overview of King James Bible with scholarly commentary from Teaching Company  — Old Testament
  • Hawthorne, “The Minister’s Black Veil”