Ibsen - A Doll House - trains all to be selfish like Nora. Women in particular to reject their family and children for self-actualization. Read by almost all bourgeois AP English students I would guess. More on this later, just wanted to put it down when it popped up in my head.
Three cheers for the subconscious! I've got it working on this and (uncreated yet) epiphanies (thread), and it keeps coughing up results...