The English Faculty at Marquette University

Books You Must Read


The Unbearable Lightness of Being (Milan Kundera)

--Prof. Ed Block

Why I Wake Early (Mary Oliver)
An Interrupted Life (Etty Hillesum)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
Ceremony (Leslie Marmon Silko)
Angle of Repose  (Wallace Stegner)
The Color Purple (Alice Walker)
The Handmaid's Tale  (Margaret Atwood)
1984 (George Orwell)
The Awakening (Kate Chopin)

--Prof. MC Bodden

Leaves of Grass (Walt Whitman)
The Palm at the End of the Mind (Wallace Stevens)
The Wild Swans at Coole (William Butler Yeats)
As I Walked Out One Evening: Songs, Ballads, Lullabies, Limericks, and Light Verse (W.H. Auden)
Seeing Things (Seamus Heaney)
Ariel (Sylvia Plath)

--Prof. John Boly

Jane Eyre
Middlemarch
Jude the Obscure
Anna Karenina

--Prof. Julia Chavez

Pride and Prejudice

Gibbon's Decline and Fall

Paradise Lost

Faerie Queene

Divine Comedy

Aeneid,

Ovid's Metamorphoses

Beowulf

--Prof. John Curran

"Forevermore" (my favorite short story by S. J. Agnon)

the poetry of Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Keats, Shelley and Byron
the novels of Ann Radcliffe, Jane Austen, and Walter Scott
Frankenstein (Mary Shelley)
Jane Eyre (Charlotte Bronte)
Wuthering Heights (Emily Bronte)

--Prof. Diane Hoeveler

Revolutionay Road (Richard Yates)
The Meadow (James Galvin)
2666/Last Evenings on Earth (Roberto Bolaño)
Collected Stories (Leonard Michaels)
To Kill A Mockingbird (Harper Lee)
Housekeeping (Marilynne Robinson)
The Dream Songs (John Berryman)

--Prof. Daniel Khalastchi

Middlemarch (George Eliot)
Function of Criticism at the Present Time (Matthew Arnold)

--Prof. Christine Krueger

Moby Dick; or the Whale (Herman Melville)
The Grapes of Wrath (John Steinbeck)
The Toughest Indian in the World (Sherman Alexie)
Beloved (Toni Morrison)
Salt-Eaters (Toni Cade Bambara)
Zami (Audre Lorde)
Native Son (Richard Wright)
Go Tell It on the Mountain (James Baldwin)
Waiting for the Barbarians (J.M. Coetzee)

--Prof. Jodi Melamed

Invisible Man (Ralph Ellison)
When We Were Orphans (Kazuo Ishiguro)

--Prof. Dana Prodoehl

Beloved (Toni Morrison)

Paradise Lost (John Milton)

Tracks (Louise Erdrich)

Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

--Prof. Kris Ratcliffe

2666 (Roberto Bolano)
Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson

--Prof. Angela Sorby

Gilgamesh

The Iliad

Paradise Lost

The Satanic Verses

--Prof. John Su

To the Lighthouse (Virginia Woolf)
Moby-Dick (Herman Melville)
All the King's Men (Robert Penn Warren)

--Prof. Sarah Wadsworth