[Re-Blogged] Fascinating article. As an Historian and student of English (language) this is a topic close to my heart. Speaking only for myself, the required/recommended reading on these lists should stand without speculation about elitist or leftist purposes. The reason math and science texts tend to stick to their topics without speculation and judgmental comments is obvious: the World runs on political and academic knowledge and ideas, while math and science are not subject to endless interpretation. Thanks to I Read Encyclopedias For Fun blog for including the Reblog button. https://ireadencyclopedias.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/required-reading-at-american-universities/ (Gradmama2011)
I read this article at Quartz, and found some of the books to be interesting. Most of the books I have never thought of reading, and many I’ve never heard of. However, there are some that I have shown interest in reading, and even one of them I have read.
Seems that the top book is Republic, by Plato. I’ve sometimes wondered if I should read it. Yale is interesting because it has The Iliad and The Odyssey by Homer. I have them, and I’ve read the first one. They also have Invisible Man. Stanford has Robinson Crusoe and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. MIT lists The Communist Manifesto very high.
It’s a very interesting list, and it makes me remember my own university experience. I never had to read anything like this! But I was taking sciences, and we did very few humanities courses. The only humanities I…
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