Hey Folks, I'm in my third month of grad school now. I'm in a PhD program in Latin American history. I'm really enjoying it so far, although I'm drinking far more coffee than I think is healthy, and having far less free time than I thought I would. But I can't help feeling that I'm not well-read enough to even BEGIN grad school! Don't get me wrong-- my undergraduate education was fantastic. But I think that SO MUCH of what is written in academic contexts these days, especially in the humanities, assumes that its readers have read a certain canon of western literature, philosophy, theory, and criticism. So, weigh in: what are the works that grad school assumes you've read, even though very few of us actually have? I'll start it off (and beware that much of what I say will have to do with my being in history. I'm sure for people in English, or philo, or poli sci, or even in the natural sciences, there are certain "foundation texts" that you have to at least pretend to be well-versed in): Marx, Capital Derrida, Of Grammatology Foucault, various works, including Discipline and Punish Other authors, like Walter Benjamin, Gyorgy Lukacs, Raymond Williams, Hobsbawm And classics like Plato's The Republic, Works by John Stuart Mill, Rousseau, Montesquieu, the list goes on and on... When will I have time to read all of those authors when I'm spending all my time reading works that REFERENCE those authors?