World Literature Honors Summer Reading

  1. Siddhartha, by Hermann Hesse (Bantam Edition), an absorbing novel about a young man’s search for self-knowledge

  2. The Woman Warrior, by Maxine Hong Kingston (Vintage Edition), an intense story of a young woman who wrestles with her Chinese identity and values in the context of America

Since the first two weeks of the course will be devoted to a comparative study of Siddhartha and The Woman Warrior, it is important that you read both works carefully, preferably in August.  DUE ON THE FIRST DAY OF CLASS are TYPED dialectical notes (two columns, quotations in one column, responses in the other) of thought-provoking quotations (cited by chapter and page number) and your commentary on each. Your log will be collected.  Record observations on developing themes, characters, symbolism, imagery, parallels and contrasts with other works, as well as personal reflections.  A paper will be required at the end of the unit.

For purposes of reference during discussion, it is important that we all use the same editions. While these editions are available on Amazon, you may instead choose to borrow a copy from the English department. Please stop by Room D25 if you would like a school copy.

Feel free to email me at if you have any questions. Have a great summer; I look forward to meeting you in the fall, well-rested and well read!