The required readings for this seminar are:

Adorno, T. W., Bob Hullot-Kentor, and Frederic Will. 1984. “The Essay as Form.“ New German Critique 32:151-71.

Cave, Roderick and Sara Ayad. 2017. The History of the Book in 100 Books. Firefly Books. ISBN-13: 978-1770854062.

Ekirch, A. Roger. 2005. At Day’s Close: Night in Times Past. W W Norton & Co Inc.

Hofstadter, Douglas R. 1999 [1979]. Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid. Basic Books. ISBN-13: 978-0465026562.

Hoyt, Elizabeth. 2019. “The Simplest Way to Write an Essay.” Fastweb March 6.

Skury, Jaclyn. 2013. “Superstitious Numbers Around the World.” National Geographic September 14.


Additional required readings will be made available on this class website.