reading list

I decided to enumerate all the texts I’ve read throughout my collegiate education to remind myself and appease my friends. The list corresponding to my undergraduate degree is not exhaustive. If I listed all the academic articles I read, then this page would be a monster; although I did include articles I read for my undergraduate thesis project.

University College London MA (English: Issues in Modern Culture)

  • Issues (Core Reading List)
  • Henry James, The Turn of the Screw
  • D. H. Lawrence, Birds, Beasts and Flowers! 
  • Moore, Marianne, Observations: Poems
  • Ezra Pound,  ‘The Seafarer’, Cathay, ‘Homage to Sextus Propertius’, ‘Hugh Selwyn Mauberley’
  • Thomas De Quincey, ‘The Pleasures of Opium’ 

  • Edgar Allan Poe, ‘The Man of the Crowd’

  • Charles Baudelaire, various poems

  • Alain Locke, ‘The New Negro’ 
  • Jean Toomer, Cane
  • Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man
  • Toni Morrison, Jazz
  • Bob Dylan, all albums (esp. “Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan” and “Blonde on Blonde”)

Chance Literature:

  • Samuel Beckett, Lessness
  • B.S. Johnson, The Unfortunates (aleatory narrative)
  • Sophie Calle, Double Game (ludic)
  • Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (ludic)
  • J.G. Ballard, Crash (accidental)
  • Atrocity Exhibition; Critical excerpts from Paul Virilio (accidental)
  • Tom McCarthy, Remainder (21st c. catastrophe)
  • William Basinski, Disintegration Loops (21st c. catastrophe)

The American Counterculture:

  • Allen Ginsberg: Howl and Other Poems (1956)
  • Robert Duncan: Roots and Branches (1964) and Bending the Bow (1968)
  • Joanne Kyger, The Tapestry and the Web (1965)* and The Japan and India Journals: 1960-1964 (1981)
  • Amiri Baraka, Home: Social Essays (1965) and Black Magic (1969)*
  • Gary Snyder: Riprap and Cold Mountain Poems (1965) and Turtle Island (1975)

* volumes are out of print so poems may need to be selected from Kyger, As Ever: Selected Poems and Baraka, S.O.S: Poems 1961-2013.

The University of Nevada, Las Vegas Honors College 

  • Norton Anthology of English Literature (9th, vol. A-D)
  • The Norton Anthology of English Literature, The Major Authors (9th, both volumes)
  • Norton Anthology of African American Literature (3rd, vol. 1)
  • Heath Anthology of American Literature (7th, all volumes)
  • The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction
  • Ways of Reading
  • Phillip Lopate, The Art of the Personal Essay (anthology)
  • John Stuart Mill, On Liberty
  • John Locke, Second Treatise of Government
  • Thomas Paine, The Rights of Man
  • John Rawls, Justice as Fairness
  • F.A. Hayek, The Constitution of Liberty (didn’t read all the way through)
  • Hafiz, The Gift
  • Edmund Burke, Reflections on the Revolution in France
  • Shakespeare, Hamlet
  • E.M. Forester, Howard’s End
  • W.B. Yeats, Selected Poems
  • Francois Lelord, Hector and the Search for Happiness
  • George Orwell, 1984 (reread)
  • Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (reread)
  • Stephen Mitchell tr., Bhagavad Gita
  • Thich Nhat Hanh, The Heart of Buddha’s Teaching
  • Pablo Neruda, The Book of Questions
  • Coleman Barks tr., Rumi the Book of Love
  • Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto
  • Alan Moore, Watchmen
  • Amanda Palmer, The Art of Asking
  • Truman Capote, Breakfast at Tiffany’s
  • The Middle English Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure
  • Jonathan Culler, Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction
  • Rainer Maria Rilke, Selected Poems
  • Chretien de Troyes, Arthurian Romances
  • The Middle English Sir Gawain Eleven Romances and Tales
  • Gawain Poet, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl
  • Beowulf
  • Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide to Getting Lost 
  • Ernest Hemingway, The Sun Also Rises
  • Richard Wright, Black Boy
  • Thomas Malory, Le Morte Darthur
  • Toni Morrison, Beloved
  • Chang-Rae Lee, Native Speaker
  • Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin
  • Tolkien, Beowulf (translation)
  • Tolkien, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and Pearl (translation)
  • Tolkien, The Silmarillion
  • Tolkien, The Hobbit
  • Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings
  • Dinty Moore, Crafting the Personal Essay
  • G. Douglas Atkins, Tracing the Essay
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
  • Peter Brook, The Empty Space
  • Charles Dickens, Hard Times
  • Wole Soyinka, Death and all the King’s Horseman
  • A.S. Byatt, Possession
  • A.S. Byatt, The Djinn in the Nightingale’s Eye
  • Sigmund Freud, The Interpretation of Dreams
  • Sigmund Freud, Selected Essays

Honors College Research and Creative Honors Thesis (selected, non-alpha)

  • Cleve Barlow, Tikanga Whakaaro: Key Concepts in Māori Culture
  • Kynan Gentry, History, Heritage, and Colonialism: Historical
    Consciousness, Britishness, and Cultural Identity in New Zealand, 1870-1940
  • David Eggelton, “Introduction to ‘Waitaha—A Canterbury Poem Sequence’”
  • Lily George, “Expressions of Māori Multiplicity in (Re)Connection to Ngā Taonga Tuku Iho”
  • Charles Royal Te Ahukaramū, “Papatūānuku – the land – Women and land
  • Peter Brooks, “Freud’s Masterplot: A Model for Narrative” in Reading for the Plot
  • Oliver Sacks, “The Power of Music”
  • David W. Samuels, “Soundscapes: Toward a Sounded Anthropology”
  • Chadwick Allen, Blood Narrative: Indigenous Identity in American Indian and Māori
  • Tony Angelo and Elisabeth Perham, “Let Te Reo Speak: Granting Legal Personality To Te Reo Māori.”
  • Alastair Bonnett, “The Dilemmas of Radical Nostalgia in British Psychogeography”
  • Max Sylvius Handman, “The Sentiment of Nationalism”
  • Janine Hayward, “Biculturalism” Te Ara – the Encyclopedia of New Zealand
  • April K. Henderson, “Maori Boys, Michael Jackson Dance Moves, and That 1984
    Structure of Feeling”
  • Carla Anne Houkamau, “Identity Construction and Reconstruction: The Role Of Socio-Historical Contexts in Shaping Maori Women’s Identity”
  • Carla Anne Houkamau, “The Multidimensional Measure of Māori Identity and Cultural Engagement.”
  • Simon Sadler, The Situationist City
  • Linda Tuhiwai Smith, Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples
  • Howard F. Stein, Developmental Time, Cultural Space: Studies in Psychogeography
  • M.P.K Sorrenson, “Maori and Pakeha” in The Oxford History of New Zealand
  • Stephen Trudgill, “Psychobiogeography: Meanings of Nature and Motivations for a Democratized Conservation Ethic”
  • Toon Van Meijl, “Multiple Identifications and the Dialogical Self: Urban Maori
    Youngsters And The Cultural Renaissance”
  • Tony Mitchell, “New Zealand Glimpsed Through Iceland: Music, Place and