Exam List: Theory and Criticism

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (1975)

Raymond Williams, Marxism and Literature (1977)

Cedric Robinson, Black Marxism: The Making of the Black Radical Tradition (1983)

Stuart Hall, “Gramsci’s relevance for the study of race and ethnicity” (1986); “The Problem of Ideology: Marxism without Guarantees” (1986); “Cultural Studies and Its Theoretical Legacies” (1990)

Hazel Carby, Reconstructing Womanhood: The Emergence of the Afro-American Woman Novelist (1987)

Wordle from Carby notes

Wordle from Carby notes

José David Saldívar, The Dialectics of Our America (1991)

Étienne Balibar and Immanuel Wallerstein, Race, Nation, Class: Ambiguous Identities (1991)

Toni Morrison, Playing in the Dark: Whiteness and the Literary Imagination (1992)

Eric Lott, Love and Theft: Blackface Minstrelsy and the American Working Class (1993)

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness (1993)

Edward Said, Culture and Imperialism (1993)

Wordle from Said notes

from Said notes

Michael Omi and Howard Winant, Racial Formation in the United States (1994)

Amy Kaplan and Donald Pease, eds. Cultures of United States Imperialism (1994)

Ann Laura Stoler, Race and the Education of Desire: Foucault’s History of Sexuality and the Colonial Order of Things (1995)

Avery Gordon, Ghostly Matters: Haunting and the Sociological Imagination (1996)

Lisa Lowe, Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics (1996)

Lauren Berlant, The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays of Sex and Citizenship (1997)

Wordle from my Berlant notes

from Berlant notes

Jennifer Terry, An American Obsession: Science, Medicine, and Homosexuality in Modern Society (1999)

Walter Mignolo, Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges, and Border Thinking (2000)

Sonia Saldívar-Hull, Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature (2000)

Siobhan Somerville, Queering the Color Line: Race and the Invention of Homosexuality in American Culture (2000)

David L. Eng, Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (2001)

Alice Kessler-Harris, In Pursuit of Equity: Women, Men, and the Quest for Economic Citizenship in 20th-Century America (2001)

Laura Hyun Yi Kang, Compositional Subjects: Enfiguring Asian/American Women (2002)

Viet Thanh Nguyen, Race and Resistance: Literature and Politics in Asian America (2002)

Loïc Wacquant, “From Slavery to Mass Incarceration: Rethinking the ‘Race Question’ in the U.S.” (2002)

Kandice Chuh, Imagine Otherwise: On Asian Americanist Critique (2003)

Jacques Rancière, Aesthetics and Its Discontents (2004)

Mae M. Ngai, Impossible Subjects: Illegal Aliens and the Making of Modern America (2005)

Jasbir K. Puar, Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times (2007)

Ruth Gilmore, Golden Gulag: Prisons, Surplus, Crisis, and Opposition in Globalizing California (2007)

Andrea Smith, “American Studies without America: Native Feminisms and the Nation State” (2008)

Mark McGurl, The Program Era: Postwar Fiction and the Rise of Creative Writing (2009)

Amy Hungerford, Postmodern Belief: American Literature and Religion since 1960 (2010)

Kenneth W. Warren, What Was African American Literature? (2011)


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