Against Reading Lists

Against Reading Lists 1

Tim Foley For The Chronicle Review

A course's reading list is the skeleton of a semester's body of thought, the inventory that you, as a professor, write up for the departmental Web site and the schedule of courses that lists the goods.

Despite the obvious utility of fixed reading lists, we should jettison them when possible. I know that may sound shocking, but for several years now, I've been conducting an informal experiment using a flexible, investigatory reading list. The results have been salutary at the least