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The Infamous Reading List

It all began with the reading list for my PhD candidacy exams. That’s what sparked the idea for this blog, so I’ve included that list below, in case you should find it useful or interesting. All in all, there are 127 works included on the list.


READING LIST: PRIMARY SCHOLARLY FIELD (US Ethnic Literature, 1945-Present)

African American Works


Baldwin, James. Go Tell it On the Mountain. 1953.  New York: Dial, 1963. Print.

Butler, Octavia. Kindred. Garden City: Doubleday, 1979. Print.

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. New York: Signet-Random, 1952. Print.

Hurston, Zora Neale. Seraph on the Suwanee: A Novel. New York: Charles Scribner’s Sons, 1948. Print.

Johnson, Charles Richard. Middle Passage. New York: Atheneum, 1990. Print.

Jones, Gayl. Corregidora. New York: Random, 1975. Print.

Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 1971. New York: Plume-Penguin, 1994. Print.

Reed, Ishmael. Mumbo Jumbo. New York: Doubleday, 1972. Print.

Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. 1982. New York: Washington Square-Simon & Schuster, 1983. Print.


Baraka, Imamu Amiri. Dutchman. New York: Morrow, 1964. Print.

Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun. 1959. New York: Vintage-Random, 1994. Print.


Angelou, Maya. And Still I Rise. 1978. New York: Bantam, 1980. Print.

Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Bean Eaters. New York: Harper, 1960. Print.

Clarke, Cheryl. Humid Pitch: Narrative Poetry. Ithaca: Firebrand, 1989. Print.

Hughes, Langston. Montage of a Dream Deferred. New York: Holt, 1951. Print.

Moss, Thylias. Slave Moth: A Narrative in Verse. New York: Persea Books, 2004. Print.

Short Stories

Glave, Thomas. “Whose Song” and “Final Inning.” Whose Song? and Other Stories. San Francisco: City Lights, 2000. Print.


Malcolm X. Dir. Spike Lee. Warner, 1992. Film.

Asian American Works


Chee, Alexander. Edinburgh: A novel. New York: Welcome Rain, 2001. Print.

Kingston, Maxine Hong. China Men. New York: Knopf, 1980. Print.

Okada, John. No-No Boy. 1957. Seattle: U of Washington P, 1979. Print.

Lee, Chang-Rae. A Gesture Life. 1999. New York: Riverhead-Penguin, 2000. Print.

Linmark, R. Zamora. Rolling the R’s. 1995. New York: Kaya, 2006. Print.

Murayama, Milton. All I Asking For is My Body. San Francisco: Supa, 1975. Print.

Ng, Fae Myenne. Bone. 1993. New York: Perennial-Harper Collins, 2004. Print.

Truong, Monique. The Book of Salt. 2003. Boston: Mariner-Houghton Mifflin, 2004. Print.


Chin, Frank. The Chickencoop Chinaman. 1971. Seattle: U of Washington P, 1981. Print.

Hwang, David Henry. M. Butterfly. 1986. New York: Plume-Penguin, 1989. Print.


Chin, Marilyn. Rhapsody in Plain Yellow. New York: Norton, 2002. Print.

Inada, Lawson Fusao. Legends From Camp. Minneapolis: Coffee House,1993. Print.

Lee, Li-Young. The City in Which I Love You: Poems. Brockport: BOA, 1990. Print.

Rosal, Patrick. My American Kundiman: Poems. New York: Persea, 2006. Print.

Short Stories

Lahiri, Jhumpa. “Interpreter of Maladies.” “Third and Final Continent.” Interpreter of Maladies. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1999. Print.


Cha, Theresa Hak Kyung. Dictee. 1982. Berkeley: U of California P, 2001. Print.

Latino/a Works


Alvarez, Julia. How the Garcia Girls Lost Their Accents. Chapel Hill: Algonquin, 1991. Print.

Castillo, Ana. The Mixquahuala Letters. 1986. New York: Anchor-Random, 1992. Print.

Hinojosa, Rolando. The Valley. 1983. Tempe: Bilingual P, 1991. Print.

Islas, Arturo. The Rain God: A Desert Tale. Palo Alto: Alexandrian, 1984. Print.

Paredes, Américo. George Washington Gomez: A Mexicotexan Novel. Houston: Arte Publico, 1990. Print.

Rechy, John. The Miraculous Day of Amalia Gomez: A Novel. New York: Arcade, 1991. Print.

Rivera, Tomás. …y no se lo tragó la tierra/…and the earth did not devour him. 1987. Tr. Evangelina Vigil-Piñón. Houston: Arte Publico P, 1992. Print.

Villareal, José Antonio. Pocho. 1959. New York: Anchor, 1989. Print.

Villaseñor, Victor. Macho! 1973. Houston: Arte Publico, 1991. Print.


Valdez, Luis. “Zoot Suit.” Zoot Suit and Other Plays. Houston: Arte Publico, 1992. Print.


Delgado, Abelardo “Lalo.” “Stupid America.” “The Chicano Manifesto.” Hecho en Tejas: An Anthology of Texas-Mexican Literature. Ed. Dagoberto Gilb. Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 2006. 176-182. Print.

Gonzales, Rodolfo. I Am Joaquin/Yo Soy Joaquin: An Epic Poem. 1967. New York: Bantam, 1972. Print.

Short Stories

Chacon, Daniel. “The Biggest City in the World.” “Aztlán, Oregon.” “Too White.” Chicano Chicanery. Houston: Arte Publico, 2000. Print.

Cisneros, Sandra. Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories. New York: Random House, 1991. Print.

Díaz, Junot. Drown. New York: Riverhead, 1996. Print.

Rodriguez, Luis J. “My Ride, My Revolution.” “Mechanics.” “Chain-Link Lover.” “Sometimes You Dance With a Watermelon.” The Republic of East L.A. New York: Rayo, 2002. Print.


Acosta, Oscar Zeta. The Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo. 1972. New York: Vintage-Random, 1989. Print.

Gonzalez, Rigoberto. Butterfly Boy: Memories of a Chicano Mariposa. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 2006. Print.

Pérez, Ramón Tianguis. Diary of an Undocumented Immigrant. Trans. Dick J. Reavis. Houston: Arte Publico, 1991. Print.

Native American Works


Deloria, Ella Cara. Waterlily. 1948. Lincoln: U of Nebraska P, 1988. Print.

Howe, LeAnne. Shell Shaker. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 2001. Print.

McNickle, D’Arcy. Runner in the Sun: A Story of Indian Maize. 1954.  Albuquerque: U of New Mexico P, 1987. Print.

Momaday, N. Scott. House Made of Dawn. New York: Harper & Row, 1968. Print.

Silko, Leslie Marmon. Ceremony. New York: Penguin, 1977. Print.

Vizenor, Gerald. Griever, an American Monkey King in China: A Novel. New York: Fiction Collective, 1987. Print.

Welch, James. Fool’s Crow. New York: Viking, 1986. Print.


Geiogamah, Hanay. New Native American Drama: Three Plays. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1980. Print.


Harjo, Joy. She Had Some Horses. 1983. New York: Norton, 2008. Print.

Ortiz, Simon. From Sand Creek. 1981. Tuscon: U of Arizona P, 2000. Print.

Tapahonso, Luci. Sáanii Dahataał, The Women Are Singing. Tuscon: U of Arizona P,1993. Print.

Short Stories

Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven. 1993. New York: HarperPerennial, 1994. Print.


Smoke Signals.  Dir. Chris Eyre. Miramax, 1999. Film.

Critical Texts

Allen, Chadwick. “Blood/Land/Memory: Narrating Indigenous Identity in the American Indian Renaissance.” Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Maori Literary and Activist Texts. Durham: Duke UP, 2002. 160-194. Print.

Anzaldúa, Gloria. “Atravesando Fronteras / Crossing Borders.” Borderlands/La Frontera: The New Mestiza. 3rd ed. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 2007. 23-120. Print.

Chuh, Kandice. “Introduction: On Asian Americanist Critique.” Imagine
Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique.
Durham: Duke University
Press, 2003. 1-29. Print.

Cook-Lynn, Elizabeth. “Dispossession.” “Who Will Tell the Stories?” Why I Can’t Read Wallace Stegner and Other Essays. Madison: U of Wisconsin P, 1996. Print.

Gates, Henry Louis, Jr. Introduction. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Criticism. xix-xxviii. New York: Oxford UP, 1988. Print.

Kaplan, Amy. “Left Alone with America.” Cultures of United States Imperialism. Durham: Duke UP, 1993. 3-21. Print.

Lowe, Lisa. “Immigration, Citizenship, Racialization: Asian American
Critique” and “Heterogeneity, Hybridity, Multiplicity: Asian American
Differences.” Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics.
Durham: Duke University Press, 1996. 1-36 and 60-83. Print.

Lipsitz, George. “Dancing in the Dark: Who Needs the Sixties?” American Studies in a Moment of Danger. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2001. 57-82. Print.

Owens, Louis. “Other Destinies, Other Plots: An Introduction to Indian Novels.” Other Destinies: Understanding the American Indian Novel. Norman: U of Oklahoma P, 1992. 3-31. Print.

Prashad, Vijay. “The American Ideology.” Everybody Was Kung-Fu Fighting: Afro-Asian Connections and the Myth of Cultural Purity. Boston: Beacon, 2001. 37-69. Print.

Rowe, John Carlos. “A Future for American Studies: The Comparative U.S. Cultures Model.” The New American Studies. Minneapolis: U of Minnesota P, 2002. 3-16. Print.

Said, Edward. Introduction. Culture and Imperialism. 1993. New York: Vintage-Random, 1994. Print.

Sanchez, Marta. Introduction. “Shakin’ Up” Race and Gender: Intercultural Connections in Puerto Rican, African American, and Chicano Narratives and Culture (1965-1995). 1-22. Austin: U of Texas P, 2005. Print.

Vizenor, Gerald. Manifest Manners: Narratives on Postindian Survivance. 1994. Lincoln: Bison-U of Nebraska P, 1999. Print.

Von Escher, Penny. Introduction. “The Making of the Politics of the African Diaspora.” “Remapping Africa, Rewriting Race.” Race Against Empire: Black Americans and Anticolonialism, 1937-1957. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1997. Print.

Warrior, Robert. “Lone Wolf and Du Bois for a New Century: Intersections of Native American and African American Literatures.” Crossing Waters, Crossing Worlds: the African Diaspora in Indian Country. Ed. Tiya Miles and Sharon T. Holland. 181-195. Durham: Duke UP, 2006.

READING LIST: FOCUS AREA (The Magical Realist Novel)

Canonical Magical Realist Works


Bulgakov, Mikhail. The Master and Margarita. Tr. Michael Glenny. New York: Harper & Row, 1967. Print.

Carpentier, Alejo. The Kingdom of This World. Tr. Harriet de Onis. 1949. New York: Collier, 1970. Print.

Condé, Maryse. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. Tr. Richard Philcox. New York: Ballantine-Random, 1994. Print.

Faqir, Fadia. Pillars of Salt: A Novel. New York: Interlink, 1997. Print.

Ghosh, Amitav. The Shadow Lines. London: Bloomsbury, 1988. Print.

Grass, Günter. The Tin Drum. 1959. Tr. Breon Mitchell. Boston: Harcourt-Houghton Mifflin, 2009. Print.

Hulme, Keri. The Bone People. 1983. New York: Penguin, 1986. Print.

Márquez, Gabriel García. One Hundred Years of Solitude. Tr. Gregory Rabassa. 1967. New York: Perennial-Harper Collins, 1997. Print.

Murakami, Haruki. Hard-Boiled Wonderland and the End of the World. 1985. Tr. Alfred Birnbaum. New York: Kodansha International, 1991. Print.

Okri, Ben. The Famished Road. 1991. New York: Anchor-Random, 1993. Print.

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things. 1997. New York: Harper Perennial-Harper Collins, 1998. Print.

Rushdie, Salman. The Satanic Verses.1988. New York: Picador-Holt, 1997. Print.

Shamsie, Kamila. Kartography. 2002. Orlando: Harvest-Harcourt, 2003. Print.

Thiong’o, Ngũgĩ wa. A Grain of Wheat. 1967. London: Heinemann: 1970. Print.

Vargas Llosa, Mario. The Real Life of Alejandro Mayta. Tr. Alfred MacAdam. New York: Farrar Straus Giroux, 1986. Print.

Short Stories

Borges, Jorge Luis. “Fictions.” Labyrinths: Selected Stories and Other Writings. 1962. New York: New Directions, 2007. 3-176. Print.

Contemporary US Ethnic Magical Realist Works

Castillo, Ana. So Far From God. 1993. New York: Norton, 2005. Print.

Danticat, Edwidge. The Dew Breaker. New York: Knopf, 2004. Print.

Díaz, Junot. The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao. New York: Riverhead-Penguin, 2007. Print.

Erdrich, Louise. Tracks. New York: Henry Holt, 1988. Print.

Hagedorn, Jessica. Dogeaters. New York: Penguin, 1990. Print.

Howe, LeAnne. Miko Kings: An Indian Baseball Story. San Francisco: Aunt Lute, 2007. Print.

Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. New York: Farrar, Strauss, Giroux, 1988. Print.

King, Thomas. Green Grass, Running Water. 1993. New York: Bantam, 1994. Print.

Lai, Larissa. Salt Fish Girl. Toronto: Thomas Allen, 2002. Print.

Morrison, Toni. Beloved. 1987. New York: Vintage-Random, 2004. Print.

Nolledo, Wilfrido. But For the Lovers. New York: Dutton, 1970. Print.

Plascencia, Salvador. The People of Paper. 2005. Orlando: Harcourt-Harvest, 2005. Print.

Power, Susan. The Grass Dancer. New York: Putnam, 1994. Print.

Véa, Alfredo, Jr. La Maravilla. New York: Dutton, 1993. Print.

Vizenor, Gerald. The Heirs of Columbus. Middletown: Wesleyan UP, 1991. Print.

Walker, Alice. Now is the Time to Open Your Heart. New York: Random House, 2004. Print.

Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Blu’s Hanging. 1997. New York: Perennial-Harper Collins, 2002. Print.

Yamashita, Karen Tei. Through the Arc of the Rainforest. Minneapolis: Coffee House P, 1990. Print.


Kushner, Tony. Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes. 1993. New York: Theatre Communications Group, 2003. Print.


Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Girlhood Among Ghosts. 1975. New York: Knopf, 1977. Print.

Critical Texts

Aldama, Frederick Luis. Introduction. Postethnic Narrative Criticism: Magicorealism in Oscar ‘Zeta’ Acosta, Ana Castillo, Julie Dash, Hanif Kureishi, and Salman Rushdie. Austin: U of Texas P, 2003. 1-16. Print.

Bakhtin, Mikhail. Introduction. Rabelais and His World. 1965. Tr. Hélène Iswolsky. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1984. 1-58. Print.

Bowers, Maggie Ann. Magic(al) Realism. New York: Routledge, 2004. Print.

Bringhurst, Robert. “Coterminous Worlds.” Coterminous Worlds: Magical Realism and Contemporary Post-Colonial Literature in English. Eds. Elsa Linguanti, Francesco Casotti, and Carmen Concilio. Atlanta: Rodopi, 1999. 139-49. Print.

Jameson, Fredric. “On Magical Realism in Film.” Critical Inquiry 12.2 (1986): 301-325. Print.

McClure, John A. Introduction. Partial Faiths: Postsecular Fiction in the Age of Pynchon and Morrison. Athens, GA: U of Georgia P, 2005. 1-25. Print.

Ouyang, Wen-chin. “Magical Realism and Beyond: Ideology of Fantasy.” A Companion to Magical Realism. Ed. Stephen M. Hart and Wen-chin Ouyang. 13-20. Woodbridge: Tamesis, 2005. Print.

Schroeder, Shannin. “Marginally Magical: Magical Realism Infringing on the Mainstream.” Rediscovering Magical Realism in the Americas. Westport: Praeger, 2004. 121-52. Print.

Zamora, Lois Parkinson and Wendy B. Faris, ed. Magical Realism: Theory, History, Community. Durham: Duke UP, 1995. Print.

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