World Traditions

This elective seminar invites students to ponder fundamental human questions as they arise in great books from Africa, the Middle East, Asia, East Asia, and the Americas.

In order to accommodate new texts, the reading list is subject to change. A typical list is shown below.

Reading List:

  • Achebe, Things Fall Apart
  • The Bhagavad Gita
  • Birch, Stories from a Ming Collection
  • Cleary, The Essential Koran
  • Fitzgerald, The Rubaiyat of Omar Khayyam
  • Kawabata, A Thousand Cranes
  • Mahfouz, The Time and the Place
  • Mair, Tao Te Ching
  • Narayan, The Ramayana
  • Rumi, Say I am You
  • Wallis, Two Old Women
  • Gale West, African Folktales