And this morning I realized what the problem is.
In revising the syllabus, I would like to change only two or so books, and somehow achieve a perfect balance of the following:
- male and female authors
- authors of different ethnicities (from all around the world--so including, e.g., African-American, African, Asian, Indian, white USAmerican, European, Latino/a, etc.)
- authors writing in different national languages
- authors writing from, or about, different religious perspectives or backgrounds--ideally including Christianity, Judaism, Buddhism, Islam, atheism, and Hinduism
All of this in no more than nine books, please!
Clearly, I have set myself an impossible task.
And so I release myself into imperfection.
Besides, I'll be teaching this course at least once a year forever. I can change it up.