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June 26
Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra
Two tales from Exemplary Stories (1613)
"The Deceitful Marriage" and "The Colloquy of the Dogs"

July 31
From History of the Peloponnesian War (early 4th century BCE)
"The Melian Dialogue"

August 28
Alvin Goldman
"A Causal Theory of Knowing" (1967)
Thomas Nagel
"What is it Like to Be a Bat?" (1974)

September 25
Antigone (ca. 440 BCE; translation by David Mulroy, 2013)

October 30
Christopher Hampton
Les liaisons dangereuses [Dangerous Liaisons] (1985 stage adaptation of the 1782 epistolary novel by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos) OPTIONAL: See the UWM Mainstage production of Les liaisons dangereuses, directed by Rebecca Holderness, November 20-24.

November 27
Thanksgiving Break

December 4
Marcel Proust

"Combray," part two of Swann's Way (1913)

January  29
Ryūnosuke Akutagawa
Rashōmon (1915)
In a Grove (1922)

February 26
Candide (1759)
The first 12 chapters, from the beginning at Westphalia to just before their arrival in South America

March 26
Doris Lessing
Through the Tunnel (1955)
The Day Stalin Died (1957)
Our Friend Judith (1963)

April 30
Vladimir Nabokov
Colette [First Love] (1948)
Signs and Symbols (1946),+Vladimir+-+Signs+and+Symbols.pdf
The Vane Sisters (1951)

May 28
William Shakespeare
The Taming of the Shrew (between 1590 and 1592)

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Who is this? And, who is this? Special Collections at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee: Great Books Roundtable Discussion