ACS1001: Moderns Common Texts Reading List

All ACS 1001 syllabuses must include at least two (2) texts from the list of authors/texts below. The list is organized according to broad chronological periods in modernity.

16th Century

Author Suggested texts
Machiavelli The Prince
Montaigne Essays
More Utopia
Pico della Mirandola On the Dignity of Man

17th Century

Author Suggested texts
Bacon From The New Organon: "The Four Idols"
Cervantes Don Quixote
Hobbes Leviathan
Locke Second Treatise
Milton Paradise Lost
Moliere Tartuffe, the Misanthrope
Pascal Pensées
Swift Gulliver’s Travels

18th Century

Author Suggested texts
American Founders Franklin, Autobiography
  Paine, Common Sense
  Madison, et al. Federalist Papers
  Jefferson, Declaration of Independence
Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice
Kant "What is Enlightenment?"
Voltaire Candide
Rousseau Confessions, Emile, First Discourse
Smith Theory of Moral Sentiments, Wealth of Nations
Wollstonecraft Vindication of the Rights of Woman

19th Century

Author Suggested texts
Charlotte Brontë Jane Eyre
Kate Chopin The Awakening
Charles Darwin  
Charles Dickens  
Emily Dickinson  
Dostoevsky Notes from Underground
Frederick Douglass Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass
Marx and Engels Communist Manifesto
Goethe Sorrows of Young Werther, Faust
Herman Melville  
John Stuart Mill On Liberty
John Henry Newman  
Friedrich Nietzsche  
Romantic Poets Poems by Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Shelley, Byron, or Keats
Mary Shelley Frankenstein
Harriett Beecher Stowe Uncle Tom’s Cabin
Transcendentalists Writings by Emerson or Thoreau
Tolstoy Death of Ivan Ilyich
Tocqueville Democracy in America

20th and 21st Century

Author Suggested texts
Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart
Samuel Beckett Waiting for Godot (play)
Wendell Berry "Fidelity," Hannah Coulter, "Why I am Not Going to Buy a Computer"
Albert Camus The Plague, The Just Assassins (play)
Simone De Beauvoir Introduction to The Second Sex
W.E.B. DuBois The Souls of Black Folk
Shusako Endo Silence
Sigmund Freud Civilization and its Discontents
Zora Neale Hurston Their Eyes were Watching God
James Joyce "The Dead"
Martin Luther King, Jr. “Letter from Birmingham Jail”
Gabriel Garcia Marquez  
Cormac McCarthy The Sunset Limited (radio play), No Country for Old Men
Toni Morrison Beloved, Paradise, Home
Marilynne Robinson Gilead, "The Human Spirit and the Good Society"
Simone Weil  
Max Weber The "Protestant Ethic" and the Spirit of Capitalism
Virginia Woolf A Room of One's Own, "Professions for Women," "On Being Ill," "The Death of the Moth"