Class of 2020 Reading List

May 20, 2020 – Topics of Interest

For your enjoyment here is a reading list compiled by Savannah Pearson, Comparative Literature and Society major CC’ 20, with the help of her fellow Class of 2020. This list represents some of the novels, short stories, poems and academic texts that affected the Class of 2020 over the past four years. –Thanks Savannah and to all who contributed!

  1. Arundhati Roy, God of Small Things
  2. Zadie Smith, White Teeth
  3. Indra Sinha, Animal’s People
  4. Leo Tolstoy, The Death of Ivan Ilyich
  5. Octavia Butler, Bloodchild and Other Stories
  6. Stephen King, “The Life of Chuck, Act II: Buskers” from If It Bleeds.
  7. Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
  8. Steven King, Doctor Sleep
  9. Leslie Jamison, The Empathy Exams
  10. Edouard Glissant, “Open Boat” from Poetics of Relation
  11. Joe Hill, Heart-Shaped Box
  12. Kafka, The Castle
  13. Bernard Cooper, “A Thousand Drops”
  14. Gaiutra Bahadur, Coolie Woman
  15. Upanishads, Verses 6+7
  16. Richard Powers, The Overstory
  17. George Saunders, Lincoln in the Bardo
  18. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  19. Cornell West, “Hope and Despair” from To Shape a New World: Essays on the Political Philosophy of Martin Luther King Jr
  20. Ursula K LeGuin,“The Carrier Bag Theory of Fiction,” from Dancing at the Edge of the World
  21. Paul Kingsnorth, “The Dark Mountain Project Manifesto”
  22. John D’Agata, About a Mountain
  23. Tan Lin, Insomnia and the Aunt
  24. Herman Hesse, Narcissus and Goldmund
  25. Edward Said, Orientalism
  26. Aleksandr Luria.  The Man with a Shattered World.
  27. Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author”
  28. Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics
  29. Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: the Birth of the Prison
  30. Frantz Fanon, Wretched of the Earth
  31. Sander L. Gilman, “Seeing Bodies in Pain: Why do we Care about Medical Images,” The Health Humanities Reader, eds. Friedman, Jones & Wear
  32. Kimberlé Crenshaw, “Mapping the Margins: Intersectionality, Identity Politics and Violence against Women of Color,” Stanford Law Review
  33. Zillah Eisenstein, Capitalist Patriarchy and the Case for Socialist Feminism
  34. Jacques Derrida, Monolingualism of the Other or, The Prosthesis of Origin
  35. Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Feminism Without Borders
  36. Jean-Paul Sartre, Existentialism is a Humanism
  37. Gayle Rubin, Thinking Sex: Notes for a Radical Theory of the Politics of Sexuality
  38. Cathy J. Cohen, The Boundaries of Blackness: AIDS and the Breakdown of Black Politics 


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