Booklist 2011

Now that I’ve finished my MA degree, I’m trying to continue the process of gap-filling in my reading lists. I enjoy being exposed to a wide range of literature in different genres and historical periods. Here is a list of the books and essays I have read in 2011. Texts I especially enjoyed and recommend are marked in bold.

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  • Adams – “Discourse on Education”
  • Angelou – “Graduation”
  • Bacon – “On Studies”
  • Bakhtin – The Dialogic Imagination
  • Barry – “Road Warrior”
  • Bell – Love Wins
  • Brownmiller – “Femininity”
  • Butler – Precarious Life: The Power of Mourning and Violence
    Butler and Spivak – Who Sings the Nation-State?
  • Cavendish – Blazing-World
  • Clarke – Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell
  • Coetzee – Age of Iron
    Coetzee – Disgrace
    Coetzee – Elizabeth Costello
  • Cofer – “Casa: A Partial Remembrance of a Puerto Rican Childhood”
  • Cooper – “Burl’s”
  • Dangarembga – Nervous Conditions
  • Darwish – Journal of an Ordinary Grief (Tran. Muhawi)
  • Day, Rowley, Wilkins – The Travels of the Three English Brothers
  • Derrida – On Writing
  • Diamant – Day After Night
  • Didion – “Marrying Absurd”
  • Dillard – “Living Like Weasels”
  • Douglass – “Learning to Read and Write”
  • Eggers – Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
  • Ehrlich – “About Men”
  • Ellison – “Living with Music”
  • Fletcher, Massinger – The Sea Voyage
  • Folkenflik (ed) – Page One: Inside The New York Times and the Future of Journalism
  • Foucault – Aesthetics, Method, and Epistemology
  • Franklin – “Arriving at Perfection”
  • Gaiman – American Gods
  • Gates – “In the Kitchen”
  • Gladwell – “The Tipping Point”
  • Goodman – “The Company Man”
  • Gordon – “More than Just a Shrine–Ellis Island”
  • Gould – “Women’s Brains”
  • Hakluyt – Principall Navigations
    Hakluyt – Divers Voyages
  • Havel – The Art of the Imposssible
  • Hazlitt – “On the Pleasure of Hating”
  • Hoagland – “The Courage of Turtles”
  • Hughes – “Salvation”
  • Jonson – Bartholomew Fair
  • Kincaid – “On Seeing England for the First Time”
  • Kingston – “On Discovery”
  • Lamb – “A Bachelor’s Complaint”
  • Lee – “Coming Home Again”
  • Lewis – An Experiment in Criticism
  • Maguire – Mirror Mirror
  • McEwan – Atonement
  • Mengestu – How to Read the Air
  • Momaday – “The Way to Rainy Mountain”
  • Montaigne – “Of Smells”
  • More – Utopia
  • Niffenegger – Her Fearful Symmetry
  • Ozick – “The Seam of the Snail”
  • Petrunkevitch – “The Spider and the Wasp”
  • Potok – The Chosen
  • Robinson – Gilead
  • Rushdie – The Ground Beneath Her Feet
    Rushdie – The Satanic Verses
  • Sanders – “Under the Influence”
  • Sedaris – Me Talk Pretty One Day
  • Selzer – “The Masked Marvel’s Last Toehold”
  • Sontag – “A Woman’s Beauty: Put-Down or Power Source?”
  • Staples – “Just Walk on By: Black Men and Public Space”
  • Strout – Abide with Me
  • Tan – “Mother Tongue”
  • Thurber – “University Days”
  • Truth – “Aren’t I a Woman?”
  • Walcott – Omeros
  • Walker – “Beauty: When the Other Dancer Is the Self”
  • White – “Once More to the Lake”
  • Wilder – Our Town
  • Wollstonecraft – “A Vindication of the Rights of Women”
  • Woolf – “The Death of the Moth”
    Woolf – Mrs. Dalloway
  • Wright – “Writing and Reading”
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