Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

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M.A. Recommended Reading List

Recommended Reading List: MA with a Concentration in Multicultural and Transnational Literatures

Primary Texts:

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart

Alexie, Sherman.  The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven

Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies.

Ba, Mariama. So Long A Letter

Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters

Castillo, Ana. So Far from God.

Cisneros, Sandra.  The House on Mango Street

Coetzee, J.M..Disgrace

Dangaremba, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions

Dove, Rita. American Smooth

Emecheta, Buchi. The Bride Price

—. The Joys of Motherhood

Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine

—.  Tracks

Ferguson, Moira, and Jamaica Kincaid, Where the Land Meets the Body

Ferre, Rosario. The House on the Lagoon.

Garcia, Cristina. The Aguero Sisters.

Giovanni, Nikki. The Selected Poems

Goldman, Francisco. Ordinary Seamen.

Gordimer, Nadine. July’s People

Hogan, Linda.  Solar Storms

Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner

Hurston, Zora Neale.  Of Mules and Men

Jacobs, Harriet.  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Kincaid, Jamaica. Seed Gathering Atop the World

—.  A Small Place.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. Woman Warrior

—.  Tripmaster Monkey: His Fake Book.

LaDuke, Winona. Last Standing Woman

Lim, Shirley Geok-lin. Among the White Moon Faces

Martinez, Demetria.  Mother Tongue.

Momaday, N. Scott.  The Way to Rainy Mountain

—.  “The Man Made of Words”

Morrison, Toni. Beloved

—.  Song of Solomon

Mugo, Micere Gitae. My Mother’s Poems and Others

Munoz, Elias Miguel. The Greatest Performance.

Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place

Ngugi Wa Thiongo. A Grain of Wheat

Rivera, Tomas. And the Earth Did Not Devour Him

Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony

—.  Storyteller

Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman

Tan, Amy. The Joy Luck Club

Tutuola Amos. The Palmwine Drinkard

Walcott, Derek. Dream of Monkey Mountain

Wells, Ida. Southern Horrors

Critical Texts:

Alcoff, Linda. “The Problem of Speaking for Others.” Cultural Critique 20 (1991-92):  5-31.

Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands/La Frontera:  The New Mestiza San Francisco:  Aunt Lute, 1987.

Awkward, Michael.  “A Black Man’s Place in Black Feminist Criticism.” The Black Feminist Reader. Eds. Joy James and T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting.  Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000, 88-108.

Babb, Valerie.  “The More Things Change . . . Or, Why I Teach Whiteness.” Calling Cards: Theory and Practice in the Study of Race, Gender, and Culture. Eds. Jacqueline Jones Royster and Ann Marie Mann Simpkins. NY: SUNY P, 2005. 17-32.

Baker, Houston A., Jr.  “On the Criticism of Black American Literature: One View of the Black Aesthetic.” Reading Black: Essays in the Criticism of African, Caribbean, and Black American Literature.  Ed. Houston A. Baker, Jr.  Africana Studies and Research Center Monograph Series 4.  Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1976.  48-58.

Bhabha, Homi. The Location of Culture. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Caminero-Santangelo, Marta. “Contesting the Boundaries of ‘Exile':  Latino/a Literature.” World Literature Today 74.3 (2000): 507-517.

Cheng, Anne Anlin. The Melancholy of Race. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.

Cheung, King-kok, ed. An Interethnic Companion to Asian American Literature. London : Cambridge UP, 1997.

Chow, Rey. “Where Have All the Natives Gone?: The Inauthentic Native.” Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies.  Bloomington:  Indiana UP, 1993.  27-54.

Christian, Barbara.  “The Race for Theory.”  The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse.  Eds. Abdul R. JanMohamed and David Lloyd. New York: Oxford UP, 1990. 37-49.

Christian, Karen Sue. “Performing Magical Realism: The ‘Boom’ in U.S. Latina/o fiction.” Americas Review 24:3-4 )1996): 166-78.

Damon, Maria. “Avant-Garde or Borderguard: (Latino) Identity in Poetry.” American Literary History 10.2 (1998): 478-496.

Dasenbrook, Reed.  “Why Read Multicultural Literature? An Arnoldian Perspective.”  College English 61.6 (1999):  691-701.

Edmondson, B. J.  Caribbean Romances: The Politics of Regional Representation New World Studies. Charlottesville, VA:  UP of Virginia, 1999.

Elliott, Michael and Arnold Krupat. “American Indian Fiction and Anticolonial Resistance.” The Columbia Guide to American Indian Literatures of the United States since 1945. New York: Columbia University Press, 2006. 127-182.

Espinoza, Dionne. “Women of Color and Identity Politics: Translating Theory, Haciendo TeorÌa.”  Ed. Sandra Kumamoto Stanley. Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color. Urbana, IL, U of Illinois P, 1998. 44-62.

Fanon, Franz.  Black Skin, White Masks.  1967.  New York:  Grove, 1991.

—.  The Wretched of the Earth. 1961.  New York:  Grove, 2005.

Feracho, Leslie. “Morejón’s Poetic ‘Persona’: Representations of Pan-Caribbean Women.” Callaloo 28.4 (2005). 977-1115.

Fischer, Michael M. J.  “Ethnicity and the Post-Modern Arts of Memory.”  Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography. Ed. J. Clifford and G.E. Marcus.  Berkeley: U of California P, 1986. 194-233.

Flores, Juan. “Puerto Rican Literature in the United States: Stages and Perspectives.” ADE Bulletin 91 (1988): 39-44.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., ed. “Race,” Writing and Difference. Chicago:  U of Chicago P, 1986.

—.  “’What’s Love Got to Do with It?’ Critical Theory, Integrity, and the Black Idiom.”  New Literary History: A Journal of Theory and Interpretation 18:2 (1987): 345-362.

Gerald, Carolyn F. “The Black Writer and His Role.” Negro Digest 18.3 (1969):  42-48.

Glasgow, Jaqueline N. “Teaching Social Justice through Young Adult Literature.” The English Journal. 90.6. (2001) 54-61.

Hall, Stuart. “Cultural Identity and Diaspora.” Theorizing Diaspora: A Reader. Keyworks in Cultural Studies 6.  Eds. Jana Evans Braziel and Anita Mannur.  Malden: MA, Blackwell, 2003.   233-46.

Hartsock, Nancy. “Rethinking Modernism: Minority vs. Majority Theories.” The Nature and Context of Minority Discourse.  Eds. Abdul R. JanMohamed and David Lloyd.  New York: Oxford UP, 1990. 17-36.

Hattori, Tomo. “China Man: Autoeroticism and the Remains of Asian America.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 31.2 (1998): 215-36.

Henderson, Stephen.  “Saturation: Progress Report on a Theory of Black Poetry.”  African American Literary Theory:  A Reader.  Ed. Winston Napier.  New York:  New York UP, 2000.  102-12.

Holloway, Karla F. C.  “Revision and (Re)membrance: A Theory of Literary Structures in Literature by African American Women.” Black American Literature Forum 24.4  Women Writers Issue (1990): 617-31.

hooks, bell. Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics. Boston: South End P, 1990.

—.  Teaching to Trangress: Education as the Practice of Freedom.  New York: Routledge, 1994.

—.  Black Looks:  Race and Representation.  Boston, MA:  South End, 1999.

Hurston, Zora Neale. “What White Publishers Won’t Print.”  African American Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. Winston Napier.  New York: New York UP, 2000. 54-57. (Reprint from Negro Digest 11 [1947]: 85-89.).

JanMohamed, Abdul.  “The Economy of Manichean Allegory: The Function of Racial Difference in Colonial Literature.”  Critical Inquiry 12.1 (1985): 59-87.

Jay, Gregory.  “Whiteness Studies and the Multicultural Literature Classroom.”  MELUS. 30.2   (2005): 99-105.

Joseph, G. M., C. C. LeGrand, et al. Close Encounters of Empire: Writing the Cultural History of U. S.-Latin American Relations American Encounters/Global Interactions. Durham, NC, Duke UP, 1998..

Joyce, Joyce A.  “The Black Canon: Reconstructing Black American Literary Criticism.”  African American Literary Theory: A Reader.  Ed. Winston Napier.  New York, NY: New York UP, 2000. 190-97.

Kaup, M. “The Architecture of Ethnicity in Chicano Literature.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography 69.2: 361-97.  1997.

Kennedy, Tammie M., Joyce Irene Middleton, and Krista Ratliff.  “The Matter of Whiteness: Or, Why Whiteness Studies is Important to Rhetoric and Composition Studies.”  Rhetoric Review 45.4 (2005):  359-73.

Kevane, Bridget. Latino Literature in America Literature as Windows to World Cultures. Westport, CT: Greenwood, 2003.

López, Edrick. “Nuyorican Spaces: Mapping Identity in a Poetic Geography.” Centro Journal 17.1 (2005): 203-219.

Luis, William. Dance between Two Cultures: Latino Caribbean Literature Written in the United States. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt UP, 1997.

MartÌn-RodrÌguez, Manuel M. “‘A Net Made of Holes': Toward a Cultural History of Chicano Literature.” Modern Language Quarterly: A Journal of Literary History 62.1 (2001): 1-18.

Mbembe, Achille. On the Postcolony. Berkeley: U of California P, 2001.

Morrison, Toni.  Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.  Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992.

McDowell, Deborah E.  “New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism.”  African American Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. Winston Napier.  New York, NY: New York UP, 2000. 167-78. (Reprint of Black American Literature Forum 14.4 [1980]: 153-59.)

Mohanty, Chandra. Talpade. “’Under Western Eyes’ Revisited: Feminist Solidarity through Anticapitalist Struggles.” Signs 28.2 (2003): 499-535.

Morrison, Toni. Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1992.

Muñoz, José Estéban, ed. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics.  Cultural Studies of the Americas 2. Minneapolis, MN: U of Minnesota P, 1999.

Mudimbe V. Y. The Invention of Africa: Gnosis, Philosophy and the Order of Knowledge. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1988.

Murphy, Patrick D.  Literature, Nature, and Other: Ecofeminist Critiques. New York:  SUNY P, 1995.

Neal, Larry.  “And Shine Swam On: An Afterword” Winston (ed. and introd.), African American Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. Winston Napier.  New York: New York UP, 2000. 69-81.

Omi, Michael and Howard Winant.  Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s.  New York: Routledge, 1994.

Oyewumi, Oyeronke. The Invention of Women: Making an African Sense of Western Gender Notions. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 1997.

Palumbo-Liu, David. The Ethnic Canon: Histories, Institutions, and Interventions. U of Minnesota P, 1995.

Pérez-Torres, R. “Whither Aztl·n? Considering a Millennial Chicana/o Studies.” Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture 32.1-2 (1999): 99-114.

Pratt, Mary Louise.  “Arts of the Contact Zone.”  Profession 91 (1991): 33-40.

Pratt, Mary Louise.”‘Yo Soy La Malinche': Chicana Writers and the Poetics of Ethnonationalism.” Callaloo: A Journal of African American and African Arts and Letters 16.4 (1993): 859-73.

Rebolledo, Tey Diana. “The Politics of Poetics: Or, What Am I, A Critic, Doing in This Text Anyhow?” The Americas Review: A Review of Hispanic Literature and Art of the USA 15.3-4 (1987): 129-138.

RodrÌguez, Ana Patricia.  “Refugees of the South: Central Americans in the U. S. Latino Imaginary.” American Literature: A Journal of Literary History, Criticism, and Bibliography 73.2 (2001): 387-412.

Quayson, Ato. Postcolonialism: Theory, Practice or Process? Cambridge: Polity P, 2000.

Sollors, Werner.  Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American culture.  New York: Oxford UP, 1986.

Said, Edward. Orientalism.  New York:  Vintage: 1979.

—. “Orientalism Reconsidered.” Cultural Critique 1 (1985):89-107.

Showalter, Elaine.  “Feminist Criticism in the Wilderness.” Critical Inquiry 8:2 (1981): 179-205

Silko, Leslie Marmon.  “Language and Literature from a Pueblo Indian Perspective.”  Yellow Woman and a Beauty of the Spirit:  Essays on Native American Life Today.  New York:  Simon & Schuster, 1996.  48-59.

Singh, Amritjit and Peter Schmidt.  “Introduction” and “On the Borders Between U.S. Studies and Postcolonial Theory.”  Postcolonial Theory and the United States:  Race, Ethnicity, and Literature.  Jackson:  UP of Mississippi, 2000.  xi-xx, 3-69.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai.  Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples.  London: Zed Books, 1999.

Smith, Valerie.  “Black Feminist Theory and the Representation of the ‘Other.’” African American Literary Theory: A Reader. Ed. Winston Napier.  New York, NY: New York UP, 2000.  368-84.

Sollors, Werner. Beyond Ethnicity: Consent and Descent in American Culture. New York:  Oxford UP, 1986.

—.  Neither Black Nor White yet Both: Thematic Explorations of Interracial Literature.  Cambridge, MA:  Harvard UP, 1999.

Spillers, Hortense J. “Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe: An American Grammar Book.”  Diacritics: A Review of Contemporary Criticism 17.2 (1987):  65-81.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. “Three Women’s Texts and a Critique of Imperialism.” Critical Inquiry 12.1 (1985): 243-261.

—. Death of a Discipline.  New York:  Columbia UP, 2003

—. “Can the Subaltern Speak?” Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Urbana: U of Illinois P. 1988.  271-313.

Stanley, Sandra Kumamoto. Other Sisterhoods: Literary Theory and U.S. Women of Color. Urbana, IL, U of Illinois P:  1998.

Torres, Hector A. “The Ethnographic Component in Chicano/a Literary Discourse.” Aztlán: A Journal of Chicano Studies 25.1 (2000): 151-66.

Trinh, Minh-ha T. Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1989.

Wa Thiongo, Ngugi. Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. London: Heinemann, 1986.

Walker, Alice.  In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens:  Womanist Prose.  Fort Washington, PA:  Harvest, 2003.

West, Cornell.  Race Matters.  Boston, MA:  Beacon, 2001

Wiegman, Robyn. “‘My Name is Forrest, Forrest Gump': Whiteness Studies and the Paradox of Particularity.” Multiculturalism, Postcoloniality, and Transnational Media (2003): 227-255.

Wiget, Andrew. “Sending a Voice: The Emergence of Contemporary Native American Poetry.” College English 46.6 (1984): 598-609.

Woo, D. “Maxine Hong Kingston: The Ethnic Writer and the Burden of Dual Authenticity.” Amerasia Journal 16.1 (1990): 173-200.

Woodson, Carter G.  The Mis-Education of the Negro. Phoenix, AZ:  Wilder:  2008



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