Dr. Thomson/Lit. (5th Quarter)

  1. John Locke, The Second Treatise on Government & A Letter Concerning Toleration.  (Dover Thrift Editions, 2002; both pieces orig. pub. 1689.)   John Locke exerted an immense influence on the American Founders, especially Jefferson.  The Declaration of Independence incorporates several of his ideas.
  2. Robert Fagles, trans.:  Sophocles:  The Three Theban Plays.  (New York:  Penguin, 1984)    We will be studying Sophocles’ classic tragedy Antigone in this text.  The Greeks of the 5th century BC wrote the first plays in the history of the Western tradition.  Aeschylus, Sophocles and Euripedes established the conventions, the themes, and the style of this grand art;  all subsequent dramatists, from the Romans down to Bertold  Brecht, Eugene O’Neill and Andrew Lloyd Weber owe the very existence of their craft to those three ancients.
  3. Franz Kafka, The Trial.  (Schocken Books, 1999; orig. Ger. MS 1914; pub. Posthumously 1925)   A German committee recently judged this book as the second-most influential German novel of the 20th century.  It is a foundational text of existentialist thought.