Required Readings Berkeley 2020

Here are the required readings for the UC Berkeley class of 2020.

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Eagleton, Terry, How to Read Literature (New Haven & London: Yale University Press, 2013), Chapter 4: Interpretation.

Jockers, Matthew L. Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History. University of Illinois Press, 2013, Chapter 2: Evidence.

Smith, Barbara Herrnstein, ‘What Was “Close Reading”?’, The Minnesota Review, 2016, 57–75.

Ramsay, Stephen, ‘The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; or What You Do with a Million Books’, in Playing with Technology in History Conference (Niagara-on-the-Lake, 2010), pp. 1–9.


Barthes, Roland, Mythologies (New York: Noonday, 1972), Chapter 2: Myth Today.

Derrida, Jacques, Writing and Difference (London and New York: Routledge), Chapter 10: Structure, Sign and Play in the Discourse of the Human Sciences.

Geertz, Clifford, The Interpretation of Cultures (New York: Basic Books, Inc., 1973) – Chapter 1: Thick Description.


Gadamer, Hans Georg, Truth and Method – selection (New York: Continuum, 2004).

de Mul, Jos, ‘Horizons of Hermeneutics: Intercultural Hermeneutics in a Globalizing World’, Frontiers of Philosophy in China, 6 (2011), 628–55.

Fanon, Frantz (2008) Black men, white masks. Men at Play. New York: Grove Press (Chapter 1).


Ihde, Don, Expanding Hermeneutics: Visualism in Science (Evanston: Northeastern University Press, 1998), Part 4: Expanding Hermeneutics.

Weingart, Scott, ‘The Myth of Text Analysis and Unobtrusive Measurement’. 2012.

Mountford, J.B., ‘Topic Modeling The Red Pill’, Social Sciences, 7 (2018), 42.

Gerbaudo, Paolo, ‘From Data Analytics to Data Hermeneutics: The Continuing Relevance of Interpretive Approaches’, Digital Culture & Society, 2 (2016).


Best, Stephen, and Sharon Marcus, ‘Surface Reading: An Introduction’, Representations, 108 (2009), 1–21.

Sedgwick, Eve, ‘Reparative and Paranoid Reading’, in Touching Feeling (Durham: Duke University Press, 2002).

Sontag, Susan, Against Interpretation (New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004).

Da, Nan Z. “The Computational Case against Computational Literary Studies.” Critical Inquiry, vol. 45, no. 3, 2019, pp. 601–39.