Foundation Year Program
Foundation Year Program Book List

Foundation Year Program Book List

The following is a list of the books to be read for the Foundation Year Program 2021-2022. There will be additional readings from the Foundation Year Handbook, which will be distributed to students by the FYP Office prior to the first day of classes.

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

Note for Science students (K1101/2):  Students enrolled in KING 11001/2 should not purchase any of the books indicated by * as these are required readings for Thursday lectures only.

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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.

The Epic of Gilgamesh, trans. N.K. Sandars (Penguin Classics) 9780140441000
The Holy Bible (Penguin) 9780452006478
Homer, The Iliad, trans. C. Alexander (Ecco) 9780062046284
*Sappho, If Not, Winter: Fragments of Sappho, trans. Anne Carson (Vintage) 9780676976083
Sophocles, Four Tragedies: Ajax, Women of Trachis, Electra, Philoctetes, trans. P. Woodruff and P. Meineck (Hackett) 9780872207639
Plato, Republic, trans. G.M.A. Grube and C.D.C. Reeve (Hackett) 9780872201361
Virgil, The Aeneid, trans. S. Ruden (Yale University Press) 9780300240108

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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.

Saint Augustine, The Confessions, trans. H. Chadwick (Oxford World’s Classics) 9780199537822
Dante, The Divine Comedy: Inferno; Purgatorio; Paradiso, trans. A. Mandlebaum (Everyman’s Library) 9780679433132
*Anonymous, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, trans. K. Harrison (Oxford World’s Classics) 9780199540167

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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.

Pico della Mirandola, On the Dignity of Man, trans. C.G. Wallis, P.J.W. Miller, and D. Carmichael (Hackett Classics) 9780872203969
Niccolo Machiavelli, The Prince, trans. P. Bondanella (Oxford World’s Classics) 9780199535699
William Shakespeare, Troilus and Cressida (Oxford World Classics) 9780199536535
Martin Luther, Martin Luther: Selections From His Writing, trans. J. Dillenberger (Anchor) 9780385098762
Michel de Montaigne, The Essays: A Selection, trans. M.A. Screech (Penguin Classics) 9780140446029
William Shakespeare, The Tempest (Oxford World Classics) 9780199535903

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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.

René Descartes, Meditations on First Philosophy, trans. I. Johnston (Broadview Press) 9781554811526
*Madame de Lafayette, The Princesse de Cleves, trans. T. Cave (Oxford World’s Classics) 9780199539178
Thomas Hobbes, Leviathan, Parts 1 and 2 (Broadview Press) 9781554810406
Margaret Cavendish, Description of a New World, Called the Blazing World (Broadview Press) 9781554812424
John Locke, The Second Treatise of Civil Government (Broadview Press) 9781554811564
*Voltaire, Candide, ed. E. Palmer (Broadview Press) 9781551117461
Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Fundamental Political Writings, trans. I. Johnston (Broadview Press) 9781554812974
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, The Sorrows of Young Werther, trans. B. Pike (Modern Library) 9780812969900
Quobna Ottobah Cugoano, Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery (Penguin Classics) 9780140447507
*Immanuel Kant, Grounding for the Metaphysics of Morals, trans. T. K. Abbott (Broadview Press) 9781551115399
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, The Magic Flute (Die Zauberflote): Libretto 0073999673500

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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.

Mary Shelley, Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus ed. D.L. Macdonald & K. Scherf (Broadview Press) 9781554811038
G.W.F. Hegel, Introduction to the Philosophy of History, trans. Leo Rauch (Hackett) 9780872200562
*J.S. Mill, On Liberty (Broadview Press) 9781554810444
Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, The Communist Manifesto (Fernwood Publishing) 9781552660027
Richard Wagner, Tristan und Isolde (G. Schirmer), 9780793514366
Friedrich Nietzsche, On the Genealogy of Morals, trans. Douglas Smith (Oxford UP) 9780199537082
W.E.B. Du Bois, Souls of Black Folk (Dover) 9780486280417
Anton Chekhov, Five Plays (Oxford UP) 9780199536696

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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.

T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land (Broadview Press) 9781551119687
Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse (Harcourt Brace Jovanovich) 9780156907392
Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex, trans. C. Borde (Vintage/Random) 9780307277787
Primo Levi, The Drowned and the Saved, trans. Guilio Einaudi (Simon and Schuster) 9781501167638
Jamaica Kinkaid, Annie John (Farrer, Straus, and Giroux) 9780374525101
Joy Harjo, She Had Some Horses (Norton) 9780393334210
Alison Bechdel, Are You My Mother? (Mariner) 9780544002234
Anne Carson, Norma Jeane Baker of Troy (New Directions) 9780811229364
*Aimé Césaire, A Tempest (TCG Translations) 9781559362108
J.M. Coetzee, The Lives of Animals (Princeton) 9780691173900