Wednesday Reading Group
Since the completion of the "first" Grainger renovation in 1992, lovers of literature within the department have been meeting at lunch time on Wednesdays to read a variety of works from world literature.
There are several unique aspects to our readings:
- Works are nominated and approved by the group, which consists not only of departmental faculty, but also of faculty from other departments, administrators, and retired colleagues.
- Works chosen are generally literary pieces which the majority of the group has not previously read.
- Works are read at a slow and reflective pace, with weekly assignments rarely exceeding 15-20 pages.
- Members may not read ahead of the assigned pages for the week.
- There are no appointed discussion leaders.
- Discussions are unplanned and unrestricted--except for a ban on references to campus politics--and tend to jump from one place to another.
- Honoré de Balzac, Lost Illusions
- Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks
- Eric Kraft, Leaving Small's Hotel
- Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita
- Naguib Mahfouz, The Cairo Trilogy: Palace Walk, Palace of Desire, and Sugar Street
- Larry Watson, Montana 1948
- Anthony Trollope, The Warden
- Helena María Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus
- Elizabeth Gaskell, Cranford
- Julio Cortázar, Hopscotch
- Murasaki Shikitu, The Tale of Genji
- Alessandro Baricco, Silk
- Smith, McCorkle, et al. Pete and Shirley: The Great Tar Heel Novel
- Carol Shields, The Stone Diaries
- Kazuo Ishiguro, When We Were Orphans
- Nick Hornby, How to be Good
- Orhan Pamuk, My Name is Red
- J. M. Coetzee, Foe
- Ivan Turgenev, Fathers and Sons
- Maureen Howard, Silver Screen
- Marcel Proust, Swann's Way
- Marcel Proust, Within a Budding Grove / In the Shadow of Young Girls in Flower
- Günter Grass, Crabwalk
- Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
- Julian Barnes, Arthur and George
- Amitav Ghosh, The Hungry Tide