I'm gearing up to explore Nietzsche for the first time in a junior undergraduate 19th Century Euro Thought class, and I'm interested in exploring a specific question regarding the meaning and origin of suffering. Actually, I'm only interested in the origin of suffering if it relates to the way we now conceive of suffering. By "we," I mean Western culture. My question, specifically (and still roughly), is "What do the signs of our everyday actions as individuals and as a culture tell us about the way in which each and every one of us within Western culture views suffering, and how does this differ from the way we have viewed it in the past?"
The assigned class text is "On the Genealogy of Morals," but I'm free to use other sources, and in fact, I'm required to use at least 3 total. If I could get some recommendations from reliable Nietzsche researchers, I might expedite my search, and at the very least I will begin it.
My professor advocates a method of reading that heavily emphasizes the hermeneutic art that Nietzsche demands that we all take when reading, and I would preferably like to stay within authors' works whose focus is upon challenging the text and attempting to let the text challenge them.