Though central to our mission, the four categories are only a part of what the Jefferson Center offers. The requirements also include electives, which students can use to study core texts that don’t fit into the rubrics given above. Below is a sampling of important texts which have been taught in other CTI classes, or which have become popular favorites among students to study independently.
Montaigne, Essays, especially “To the Reader;” I.19 (“That our happiness must not be judged until after our death”), I.28 (“On friendship”), I.31 (“Of cannibals”), II.11 (“Of cruelty”), II.12 (“Apology for Raymond Sebond”), II.19 (“Of freedom of conscience”), II.29 (“Of virtue”), III.2 (“Of repentance”), III.13 (“Of experience”)
Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina
Dostoevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice
Franz Kafka, The Trial
Herman Melville, Moby Dick
Werner Heisenberg, Physics and Philosophy
Shakespeare, Hamlet, King Lear, Henry V, MacBeth, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Coriolanus
The Arden Shakespeare is an excellent collection of all of Shakespeare’s plays. The Arden edition of individual plays have much more extensive notes and are worth purchasing in their own right.
Cervantes, Don Quixote
Swift, Gulliver’s Travels
Winston Churchill, Marlborough: His Life and Times
Blaise Pascal, Pensees
Soren Kierkegaard, Fear and Trembling
John Milton, Paradise Lost