For the curious, these are the books I'll be using in my English 1B class @ Foothill College this winter. The class, as you can see from the list, will examine artistic representations of erotic love.
The Symposium, by Plato, translated by Alexander Nehamas & Paul Woodruff
The Satyricon, by Petronius, translated by William Arrowsmith
Romeo and Juliet, the Arden edition
Love Poems: Everyman's Library Pocket Poets
Giovanni's Room, by James Baldwin
A Sport and a Pastime, by James Salter
Fool for Love, by Sam Shepard
The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera
Break It Down: Stories, by Lydia Davis
Those are the assigned texts. I'll also ask the students to listen to Blood on the Tracks. I guess we'll watch a movie, too—perhaps the old Zeffirelli Romeo and Juliet, if only to gaze for a while upon the luminous beauty of Olivia Hussey.
Also, we'll read excerpts from The Double Flame: Love and Eroticism, by Octavio Paz, at least one essay by Cynthia Ozick ("The Din in the Head"), and passages from Literature and the Gods, by Roberto Calasso.