Cynthia Rostankowski, Ph.D.

Rostankowski, Cynthia C

Associate Professor, Humanities
Coordinator Humanities Honors and Advanced Honors Programs
Clark Hall 441




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For Spring 2017 -

ATTENTION HUM 177B for Spring 2017

Below is the list of books required for Spring 2017.

E. Brynjolfsson and A. McAfee (2011) Race Against the Machine – How The Digital Revolution Is Accelerating Innovation, Driving Productivity, and Irreversibly Transforming Employment and the Economy (Lexington, MA: Digital Frontier Press) ISBN 978-0984725113

Dave Eggers (2013) The Circle (NY: Random House) ISBN 978-0345807298

Adam Phillips & B. Taylor (2009) On Kindness (NY: Farrar, Straus & Giroux) ISBN 978-0141039336

Neil Postman (1993) Technopoly (NY: Vintage) ISBN 0-679-74540-8  Also as a PDF:

Fred Kleiner (2016) Gardner’s Art through the Ages, 15th Edition, Backpack, Book E (Boston: Cenage) ISBN 978-1285838021



ATTENTION HUM 1B for Spring 2017

During Winter Break when you have lots of quiet time to read, might I suggest that you choose one or several of the following selections to read in advance for HUM 1B.

Please make yourself comfortable with a cup of hot cocoa or fragrant tea, and take the time to enjoy some of the readings of the Middle Ages.

 All of these readings will be found in the The Norton Anthology of World Literature, 3rd edition, Volume B.

Beowulf, entire

The Tale of Genji, pages 1154-1170, 1210-1269

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, entire

Selections from Dante Alighieri's The Divine Comedy, pages 387-428, 432-443, 453-460, 464-467, 478-482, 496-503, 508-534


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Stanford University