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Foundation Year Programme Book List

The following list indicates most, if not all, of the books we will be using in the FYP for the 2016/2017 academic year.

All books will be available through the King’s Bookstore, located on the lower level, King’s Academic Building. Any questions for the Bookstore can be directed to manager@kingsbookstore.ca. Should you plan to purchase second-hand books, please attempt to obtain the specified translations.

NOTE FOR SCIENCE STUDENTS (K1100X/Y): Students enrolled in KING 1100X/Y should not purchase any of the books indicated by * as these are required readings for Thursday lectures only. In addition, students are advised to purchase and peruse Stanley Fish’s, How to Write a Sentence and How to Read One (Harper Paperbacks, 978.0.06.184053.1)  This is an accessible and engaging guide that will prepare students for the rigors of the FYP essays!

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Section I: The Ancient World

You will begin by studying the classical cultures of ancient Greece, Rome and Israel through religious, poetic and philosophical works that articulate ideas and institutions at the origins of Western culture.

Lecture schedule

The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. N.K. Sandars (Penguin Classics) 978.0.14.044100.0
The Holy Bible (Penguin) 978.0.452.00647.8
The Iliad, Homer trans. Stanley Lombardo (Hackett) 978.0.87220.352.5
*If Not Winter: Fragments of Sappho, Sappho trans. Anne Carson (Vintage) 978.0.676.97608.3
Antigone, Sophocles trans. Ruby Blondell (Focus Classical Library) 978.0.941051.25.5
Birds, Aristophanes trans. Jeffrey Henderson (Focus Publishing/R. Pullins Co) 978.0.941051.87.3
Symposium, Plato trans. Christopher Gill (Penguin) 978.0.14.044927.3
The Aeneid, Virgil trans. David West (Penguin) 978.0.14.044932.7
*Meditations: with selected correspondence, Marcus Aurelius trans. Robin Hard (Oxford) 978.0.19.957320.2

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Section II: The Middle Ages

From the collapse of the ancient world arose medieval Europe, a culture apparently unified both religiously and politically, but in fact riven by deep tension and conflict. This section is brought to profound poetic conclusion in a reading of Dante’s Divine Comedy.

Lecture schedule

*The Lais of Marie de France, Marie de France trans. Glyn Burgess (Penguin Classics 1999) 978.0.14.044759.0
Confessions, Saint Augustine (New City Press) 978.1.56548.154.1
Inferno, Dante (Modern Library 2005) 978.0.345.48357.7
Purgatory, Dante (Modern Library 2004) 978.0.8129.7125.5
Paradise, Dante (Modern Library 2007) 978.0.8129.7726.4

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Section III: The Renaissance and the Reformation

This section is characterized by ambiguity as Europeans look back to revive the ideals of antiquity (renaissance) and begin something new, the modern world. It is an age of worldliness, but also, as the Reformation shows, of radical piety. This is an age of a new sense of the human and of nature that will lead to good and as Europe spreads its culture throughout the world.

Lecture schedule

Dr. Faustus, Christopher Marlowe (Signet Classics) 978.0.451.53161.2
The Essays: A Selection, Michel de Montaigne trans. M.A. Screech (Penguin Classics) 978.0.14.044602.9
Selected Philosophical Works, Francis Bacon (Hackett) 978.0.87220.470.6
The Prince, Niccolo Machiavelli trans. P. Bondanella (Oxford World’s Classics) 978.0.19.953569.9
On the Dignity of Man, Pico della Mirandola trans. Charles Glenn Wallis (Hackett) 978.0.87220.396.9
*Measure for Measure, William Shakespeare (Signet Classics) 978.0.451.52715.8

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Section IV: The Age of Reason

In the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries, the modern world fully established itself in thought, in science, in politics and society. Here you encounter accounts of human freedom and nature that are at the basis of our own sense of a secular world established for human happiness and well-being.

Lecture schedule

Meditations on First Philosophy, Descartes trans. D. Cress (Hackett) 978.0.87220.192.7
Leviathan, Parts 1 and 2, Hobbes ed. A.P. Martinich and Brian Battiste (Broadview) 978.1.55481.040.6
*The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe trans. M. Huise (Penguin) 978.0.14.044503.9
*The Princesse de Cleves, Madame de Lafayette trans. Terence Cave (Oxford World’s Classics) 978.0.19.953917.8
The Basic Political Writings, Rousseau (Hackett) 978.1.60384.673.8
Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery, Quobna Ottobah Cugoano (Penguin Classics) 978.0.14.044750.7
The Persian Letters, Baron de Montesquieu (Hackett) 978.0.87220.490.4
Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, Immanuel Kant (Hackett) 978.0.87220.166.8
*Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen (Penguin) 978.0.14.143979.2

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Section V: The Era of Revolutions

With the French Revolution, Europeans began a series of revolutions that sought to overthrow the older world of order and hierarchy to create a world that directly serves human ends and purposes. In this effort arose theories and political movements of liberalism and socialism and in response to them, profound political, literary and philosophic reactions and critiques.

Lecture schedule

*Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus, Mary Shelley ed. D.L. Macdonald & K. Scherf (Broadview Press) 978.1.55481.103.8
On the Origin of Species, Charles Darwin ed. Joseph Carroll (Broadview Press) 978.1.55111.337.1
*On Liberty, J.S. Mill ed. E. Rappaport (Hackett) 978.0.915144.43.3
Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky (Penguin Books) 978.0.14.310763.7
The Communist Manifesto, Marx and Engels (Fernwood Publishing) 978.1.55266.002.8
Genealogy of Morals, Friederich Nietzsche (Vintage) 978.0.679.72462.9

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Section VI: The Contemporary World

In our own age, two world wars and a deepened experience of the modern world have given rise to a radical rethinking of various aspects of the western tradition, and a concern for much that characterizes our time: technology, globalization, social and political structures, and the human relation to nature and our own bodies.

Lecture schedule

To the Lighthouse, Virginia Woolf (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) 978.0.15.690739.2
Elizabeth Costello, J.M. Coetzee (Vintage/Random) 978.0.09.946192.0
*The Drowned and the Saved, Primo Levi (Vintage/Random) 978.0.679.72186.4
The Second Sex, Simone de Beauvoir (Vintage/Random) 978.0.307.27778.7
Souls of Black Folk, W.E.B. Dubois (Dover) 978.0.486.28041.7
Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria, Sigmund Freud (Simon & Schuster) 978.0.684.82946.3