Reading List

Asian American literature
Dictee
by Theresa Hak Jyung Cha
Native Speaker by Chang Rae Lee
A Gesture Life by Chang Rae Lee
The Surrendered by Chang Rae Lee
On Such a Full Sea by Chang Rae Lee
No-No Boy by John Okada
Obasan by Joy Kogawa
The Foreign Student by Susan Choi
The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri

African American literature
Passing by Nella Larsen
The Autobiography of an Ex-Colored Man by James Weldon Johnson

Postcolonial literature
Snow by Orhan Pamuk

Feminist literature
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Children’s literature
The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins
Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

Fantasy
The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

18th Century
The Rover by Aphra Behn
Sanditon by Jane Austen

19th Century
The Cranford Chronicles by Elizabeth Gaskell
North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell
Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

Memoir
Between Two Worlds by Roxana Saberi
Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (And Other Concerns) by Mindy Kaling
Bossypants by Tina Fey
Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother by Amy Chua

Nonfiction
Girls to the Front: The True Story of the Riot Grrrl Revolution by Sara Marcus

Pedagogy
Sharing and Responding by Peter Elbow
Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom by bell hooks
Teaching to Transgress by bell hooks
Pedagogy of the Oppressed by Paulo Freire

Critical Theory
Marxism and Literary Theory by Terry Eagleton
The History of Sexuality by Michael Foucault

Race and Postcolonial Theory
The Location of Culture by Homi Bhabha
Orientalism by Edward Said
Culture and Imperialism by Edward Said
Homi K. Bhabha by David Huddart
Borderlands/La Frotnera: The New Meztisa by Gloria Anzaldua
Black Looks: Race and Representation by bell hooks
The Melancholy of Race by Anne Amlin Cheng

Feminist Critical TheoryThe Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir
Gender Trouble by Judith Butler
The Resisting Reader by Judith Fetterley

Poetry
Rose by Li-Young Lee

This reading list is my own, as is the organization therein. The categorization of the books listed should in no way be taken to be definitive or canonical. It just happens to be the most helpful way of grouping them while I work through my reading list for my graduate studies, teaching, and personal pleasure.

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