Book List

Spring 2016

Fall 2015

Post-Colonial African Narratives

Ngũgĩ wa Thiong’o. A Grain of Wheat. Rev. edition, Heinemann, 1986. (ISBN 0-43590-987-8).

Mariama Bâ, So long a letter. Heinemann, 2008. (13-978435913526)

Aidoo, Ama Ata. No Sweetness Here. Feminist Press, 1995. (ISBN 1-55861-119-3).

Nuruddin Farah, Maps. Penguin, 1999. (ISBN 0-14-029643-3).

Tsitsi Dangarembga. Nervous Conditions. Seal Press, 1989. (ISBN 1-878067-77-X).

Zoe Wicomb, David’s Story. Feminist Press, 2001. (ISBN 155861398-6).

Ben Okri, The Famished Road. Anchor Books, 1993. (ISBN 0-385-42513-9).

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus. Chapel Hill ,2012. (ISBN 13-9781616202415)

Chris Abani, Graceland. Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004. (ISBN 0-312-42528-7).

Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature by Ngugi wa Thiong’o

Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader by Patrick Williams

Hopes and Impediments: Selected Essays by Chinua Achebe

Blank Darkness: Africanist Discourse in French by Christopher L. Miller

Reinventing a Continent: Writing and Politics in South Africa by Andre Brink

Literary Theory

Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory: An Introduction (U of Minnesota Press) isbn: 0816612412

J.M Coetzee, Disgrace (Viking) isbn: 0140296409

Kazuo Ishiguro, Never Let Me Go (Vintage International) isbn: 9781400078776

Fredric Jameson, The Political Unconscious (Cornell UP) isbn: 080149222*


Additional readings for Literary Theory:

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, “Reading the World,” from In Other Worlds and “What’s Left of Theory” from Butler, Guillory and Thomas eds. What’s Left of Theory

William K. Wimsatt Jr. and Monroe C. Beardsley, “The Intentional Fallacy”

Roland Barthes, “Introduction to the Structural Analysis of Narrative,” from Image, Music, Text

Walter Benjamin, “Theses on the Philosophy of Literature”

Karl Marx, “Postface to the Second Edition” and “The Commodity” from Capital Vol.1

Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (selections)

Jonathan Rée, Proletarian Philosophers (selection)

Michel Foucault, The Archaeology of Knowledge & the Discourse on Language (selection) and “Panopticism” from Discipline and Punish

Michèle Barrett, “History, Discourse, ‘Truth’ and Power: Foucault’s Critique of Ideology” in The Politics of Truth

Mahasweta Devi, “The Hunt”

Jacques Derrida, “Différance”

Edward Said, Orientalism (selection)

Sigmund Freud, “The Uncanny”

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