Tuesday, April 1, 2014

African American Literary Studies @ SIUE: A Reading List

The following list is comprised of books that Tisha Brooks, Elizabeth Cali, and I covered and are planning to cover in our African American literature courses.

A Right to Be Hostile: The Boondocks Treasury by Aaron McGruder 
A West Indian Slave by Mary Prince
Breath, Eyes, Memory by Edwidge Danticat
Crave Radiance: New and Selected Poems 1990 - 2010 by Elizabeth Alexander 
Daughters of the Dust (Screenplay and film) by Julie Dash
Dear Darkness by Kevin Young 
Decoded by Jay Z 
Half of a Yellow Sun by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
Leadbelly by Tyehimba Jess 
Lose Your Mother by Saidiya Hartman
Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
My Brother by Jamaica Kincaid
Nat Turner by Kyle Baker 
Of One Blood by Pauline Hopkins
Open City by Teju Cole
Our Nig by Harriet Wilson
Passing by Nella Larsen
Praisesong for the Widow by Paule Marshall
Song of Solomon by Toni Morrison 
Sula by Toni Morrison
The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates 
The Big Smoke by Adrian Matejka 
The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
The Bondwoman's Narrative by Hannah Crafts
The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz
The Collected Poems of Lucille Clifton edited by Kevin Young and Michael S. Glaser 
The Farming of Bones by Edwidge Danticat
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano by Olaudah Equiano
The Intuitionist by Colson Whitehead 
the new black by Evie Shockley 
• The Norton Anthology of African American Literature edited by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Nellie McKay
Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston
What Moves at the Margin: Selected Nonfiction by Toni Morrison

African American Literary Studies @ SIUE

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