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List of Works Guidelines and Suggestions

How To List Works

  • Organize the list in a way that makes it very easy for your adviser, second reader, and colloquium panel to see how the items on the list fulfill the various requirements. For most students this means listing the requisite number of works under the categories “Pre-/Early Modern,” “Post-mid-1600’s Humanities,” “Post-mid-1600’s Social Sciences,” and “Area of Concentration.” The list must also clearly identify the 8 works that the student and adviser believe satisfies the CPC (Cultural/Political/Context) and HIS (History) requirements; do so by following the citation with an easy abbreviation such as “CPC” or “HIS.”

Examples:

Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1953 – 1963, Taylor Branch, 1988 (HIS)

The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy, Jacob Burckhardt, 1860 (CPC)

  • Items on the list should include title, name of principal author, editor, or maker (if known), and year of creation. If the adviser and student regard more bibliographic information (such as edition, publisher, translator, or qualifying remark (i.e., “traditional attribution”) as crucial, it can be included in the list, but the basic purpose here is to ensure accuracy of attribution and historical specification. The year of origin given may be approximate or estimated, and some pre-modern works, especially those that originated as oral texts, may require a range of dates.

Examples:

Book with a known title, author, and date of publication:
The Sound and the Fury, William Faulkner, 1929

Painting with an accepted title, artist, and date of completion:
First Lady Michelle Obama, Amy Sherald, 2018

Building with a known architect and date of completion:
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Frank Gehry, 2003

Films:
Hiroshima, Mon Amour, Alain Resnais, 1959

Television series:
The Mary Tyler Moore Show, James L. Brooks (Executive Producer), 1970 - 77

Television episodes:
“Chuckles Bites the Dust,” The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Joan Darling (director), 1975

Works with unknown or traditional creators and estimated dates:
The Republic, Plato, circa 375 BCE
Ramayana, Maharishi Valmiki (traditional attribution), circa 7th Century BCE to 3rd Century CE
Angkor Wat, Unknown architect(s), circa 12th Century

 


Sample List of Works


Pre-Modern/Early Modern

Ramayana, Maharishi Valmiki (traditional attribution), circa 7th Century BCE to 3rd Century CE
Antigone, Sophocles, 441 BCE
The Republic, Plato, 380 BCE
Salve Regina (Gregorian chants), Hildegard of Bingen, 12th Century CE
The Great Wall of China, Unknown architect(s), 7th Century BCE -1644 [HIS]/[CPC]
The Divine Comedy, Dante Alighieri, 1320
Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes, 1605

 

Modern Humanities

The Last of the Empire, Ousmane Sembène, 1980 [CPC]
King Leopold’s Ghost: A Story of Greed, Terror and Heroism in Colonial Africa, Adam Hochschild, 1999 [HIS]
A Subtlety, or the Marvelous Sugar Baby, Kara Walker, 2014
Anthology of American Folk Music
, Harry Smith (producer), 1923-1991[HIS]

 

Modern Social and Natural Sciences

The New Jim Crow, Michelle Alexander, 2010 [CPC]
The Communist Manifesto, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, 1848
“Politics as a Vocation,” Max Weber, 1919
“Demarginalizing the Intersection of Race and Sex: A Black Feminist Critique of Antidiscrimination Doctrine, Feminist Theory, and Anti-Racist Politics,” Kimberlé Crenshaw, 1989

 

Area of Concentration

City/Art: The Urban Scene in Latin America, Rebecca Biron (editor), 2009 [CPC]
Regarding the Pain of Others, Susan Sontag, 2004
The Wire, David Simon (showrunner), 2002-2008
Parting the Waters: America in the King Years 1953 – 1963, Taylor Branch, 1988 [HIS]
Beloved, Toni Morrison, 1987


 

ABBREVIATIONS:

  • CULTURAL/POLITICAL/CONTEXT (CPC)
  • HISTORY (HIS)

N.B. THESE CATEGORIES MAY BE LISTED IN AN ORDER PREFERRED BY THE STUDENT AND ADVISER--FOR EXAMPLE, THE AREA OF CONCENTRATION CATEGORY MAY COME FIRST IF DESIRED