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Reading Lists

HISTORICAL LIST
1. Homer, The Odyssey (8th C BC, trans. Richmond Lattimore)
2. The Book of Job (5th/6th C BC, trans. Stephen Mitchell) 
• Alicia Ostroker’s “Job: The Open Book” (2007)
3. Sappho, If Not, Winter (6th C BC, trans. Anne Carson)
4. Ovid, Metamorphoses (8 AD, trans. Allen Mandelbaum)
5. The Arabian Nights (900, trans. Husain Haddawy, Norton Critical Ed.,)
6. Giovanni Boccaccio, The Decameron (14th C, Norton Critical Ed.)
7. Dante, Inferno (14th C)
8. Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales (14th C, Norton Critical Ed.)
9. François Rabelais, Gargantua and Pantagruel (1532-34, first two books)
10. Madame de La Fayette, La Princesse de Clèves (1678)
11. Cervantes, Don Quixote (17th C)
12. Robert Burton, Anatomy of Melancholy (1621)
• prefatory information
• 125 pages before “Partition”
13. Daniel Defoe, Moll Flanders (1722)
14. Samuel Richardson, Pamela (1740)
15. Henry Fielding, Shamela (1741) and Joseph Andrews (1742)
16. Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy (1759)
17. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Confessions (1769)
18. Mary Wollstonecraft, Maria: or, The Wrongs of Woman (1798)
19. Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818)
20. Nikolai Gogol, Dead Souls (1842, trans. Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky)
21. Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
22. Herman Melville, Moby-Dick (1851)
23. Charles Dickens, Bleak House (1853)
24. Gustave Flaubert, Madame Bovary (1856, trans. Lydia Davis)
25. Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Notes from Underground (1864)
26. Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina (1873-77) 
27. Joris-Karl Huysmans, Against Nature (1884)
28. Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891) 
29. Henry James, The Turn of the Screw (1898)
30. Thomas Mann, Death in Venice (1912)
31. Marcel Proust, Swann’s Way (1913)
32. Franz Kafka, The Metamorphosis and Other Stories (1914)
• “The Metamorphosis” 
• “In the Penal Colony”
• “A Hunger Artist”
33. Gertrude Stein, Tender Buttons (1914) 
34. James Joyce, Ulysses (1922)
35. Virginia Woolf, Orlando (1928)
36. William Faulkner, As I Lay Dying (1930)
37. Djuna Barnes, Nightwood (1937)
38. Jorge Luis Borges, Ficciones (1941)
• all of Part One: “The Garden of Forking Paths”
• “Parable of Cervantes and Quixote
• “Borges and I”
• “Blue Tigers”
• “Emma Zunz”
39. Nathalie Sarraute, Portrait of a Man Unknown (1948)
40. Samuel Beckett, The Unnameable (1953)

CONTEMPORARY LIST
1. Ralph Ellison, Invisible Man (1952)
2. Juan Rulfo, Pedro Páramo (1955)
3. Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita (1955)
4. Alain Robbe-Grillet, Jealousy (1957)
5. William S. Burroughs, Naked Lunch (1959)
6. Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966)
7. Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude (1967)
8. John Barth, Lost in the Funhouse (1968)
9. William Gass, In the Heart of the Heart of the Country (1968)
• “In the Heart of the Heart of the Country”
• “Order of Insects”
10. Robert Coover, Pricksongs & Descants (1969)
11. Doris Lessing, Briefing for a Descent into Hell (1971)
12. Tom Phillips, A Humument (1973)
13. Manuel Puig, Kiss of the Spider Woman (1976)
14. Kathy Acker, Blood and Guts in High School (1978)
15. Milan Kundera, The Book of Laughter and Forgetting (1979, trans. Michael Henry Heim)
16. Angela Carter, The Bloody Chamber (1979)
17. Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler (1979)
18. Donald Barthelme, Sixty Stories (1981)
• “A Shower of Gold”
• “The Balloon”
• “The Indian Uprising”
• “Views of My Father Weeping”
• “The Glass Mountain”
• “Nothing: A Preliminary Account”
• “At the End of the Mechanical Age”
• “The Captured Woman”
• “The School”
• “The King of Jazz”
19. Art Spiegelman, Maus I (1986)
20. Neil Gaiman, The Sandman (1989)
• Book 4 Season of Mist
• Book 5 A Game of You
• Book 7 Brief Lives
• Book 9 Kindly Ones
21. John Edgar Wideman, Fever (1990)
22. Marguerite Duras
• Yann Andrea Steiner (1992) 
• India Song (1975, film)
23. Jeanette Winterson, Written On the Body (1994)
24. Anne Carson
• “The Glass Essay” (1995)
• Nox (2010) 
25. Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, Dictee (1995)
26. Jean-Dominique Bauby, The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (1997)
27. Shelley Jackson
• “My Body” (1997)
• Melancholy of Anatomy (2002) 
28. Jose Saramago, Blindness (1999)
29. Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (2000)
30. Raymond Federman, The Voice in the Closet (2001)
31. W. G. Sebald, Austerlitz (2001)
32. Ben Marcus, Notable American Women (2002)
33. Carole Maso, Ava (2002)
34. Jenny Boully, The Body (2002)
35. Jen Bervin, Nets (2004)
36. David Foster Wallace, Oblivion (2004)
• “Incarnations of Burned Children” 
• “Good Old Neon”
• “The Suffering Channel”
37. David Clark, 88 Constellations for Wittgenstein (2009)
38. Percival Everett, Erasure: A Novel (2011)
39. Claudia Rankine, Citizen (2014)

THEORETICAL LIST
1. Aristotle, Poetics (335 BC)
2. Friedrich Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols (1889)
3. Sigmund Freud
• The Interpretation of Dreams (1900, Chapters 1, 3, 6, and 7) 
• “Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality” (1905)
• “Mourning and Melancholia” (1917)
• “Femininity” (1933)
4. Ferdinand de Saussure, Course in General Linguistics (1916, Selections from Julie Rivkin’s and Michael Ryan’s Literary Theory: An Anthology)
5. Viktor Shklovsky, “Art as Technique” (1925)
6. Georges Bataille, Visions of Excess (1927)
• Introduction to University of Minnesota Press edition
• “Solar Anus”
• “Language of Flowers”
• “Big Toe”
• “Rotten Sun”
• “Mouth”
• “Sacrificial Mutilation and the Severed Ear of Vincent Van Gogh” 
7. Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (1936)
8. Max Horkheimer & Theodor Adorno, “The Culture Industry and Mass Deception” (1944)
9. Erich Auerbach, Mimesis: The Representation of Reality In Western Thought (1953, Chapters 1, 9, 14, and 20)
10. Roland Barthes
• Mythologies (1957)
• “The Writer on Holiday”
• “Blind and Dumb Criticism”
• “Novels and Children”
• “The Great Family of Man”
• “Myth Today”
• “Death of the Author” (1968)
• “Camera Lucida” (1980)
11. Gaston Bachelard, The Poetics of Space (1958, Chapter 1) 
12. Jacques Derrida
• “Différance” (1963)
• Glas (1974, first 10 pages)
• “Choreographies” (1982)
13. Jacques Lacan
• Ecrits (1966)
• “The Mirror Stage as Formative of the I Function as Revealed in Psychoanalytic Experience”
• “The Signification of the Phallus”
• “God and the Jouissance of the Woman. A Love Letter” (1972)
14. Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari
• Masochism: Coldness and Cruelty & Venus in Furs (1967)
• “Coldness and Cruelty”
• A Thousand Plateaus (1980, first 50 pages)
• “How Do You Make Yourself a Body Without Organs?”
• “Becoming-Intense, Becoming-Animal, Becoming-Imperceptible” 
15. Luce Irigaray
• Speculum of the Other Woman (1974)
• first 30 pages: “The Blind Spot of an Old Dream of Symmetry” 
• “La Mystérique”
• 20 pages of “Plato’s Hystera”
• This Sex Which Is Not One (1985)
• “This Sex Which Is Not One” 
• “When Our Lips Speak Together”
• “Commodities among Themselves”
• “When the Goods Get Together”
16. Jonathan Culler
• “Toward a Theory of Non Genre Literature” (1975)
• “Omniscience” (2004)
17. Michel Foucault
• Discipline and Punish (1975) 
• “The body of the condemned”
• “Docile Bodies”
• “Panopticism”
• “Illegalities and Delinquency”
• The History of Sexuality (1976, Vol.1, first 80 pages)
18. Edward Said, Orientalism (1978, first three chapters)
19. Seymour Chatman, Story and Discourse: Narrative Structure in Fiction and Film (1980)
20. Mikhail Bakhtin, The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (1981)
• Selections from Michael McKeon’s Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach
21. Julia Kristeva, Powers of Horror (1982, first 50 pages)
22. Donna Haraway
• “A Manifesto for Cyborgs” (1983)
• “Situated Knowledges” (1988)
23. Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain (1985)
24. Monique Wittig, The Lesbian Body (1986)
25. Jean Baudrillard, “Precession of Simulacra” (1986)
26. Linda Hutcheon, “Historiographic Metafiction” (1988)
27. Judith Butler
• Gender Trouble (1989)
• Bodies that Matter (1993)
• “Bodies That Matter”
• “The Lesbian Phallus and the Morphological Imaginary”
28. Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet (1990)
• “Introduction: Axiomatic”
• “Wilde, Nietzsche, and the Sentimental Relations of the Male Body”
29. Hélène Cixous, “Coming to Writing” and Other Essays (1992)
• “Coming to Writing”
• “The Author in Truth”
30. Lee Edelman
• Homographesis: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory (1994)
• “Homographesis”
• “Tearooms and Sympathies; or, The Epistemology of the Water Closet”
• “Imagining the Homosexual: Laura and the Other Face of Gender”
• No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive (2004)
• “The Future Is Kid Stuff”
• “Compassion’s Compulsion”
• “No Future”
31. Rosemarie Garland Thomson, Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Disability in American Culture and Literature (1997)
32. Judith (Jack) Halberstram, Female Masculinity (1998)
• “Transgender Butch: Butch/FTM Border Wars and the Masculine Continuum”
• “Drag Kings: Masculinity and Performance”
33. José Esteban Muñoz
• Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics (1999)
• “Famous and Dandy like B. ‘n’ Andy Race, Pop, and Basquiat” 
• Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity (2009)
• “Queerness as Horizon: Utopian Hermeneutics in the Face of Gay Pragmatism”
34. Leigh Gilmore, The Limits of Autobiography: Trauma and Testimony (2001)
35. N. Katherine Hayles
• “Print Is Flat, Code Is Deep” (2004) 
• Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary (2008)
36. Brian Richardson, Unnatural Voices: Extreme Narration in Modern and Contemporary Fiction (2006)
37. Slavoj Zizek, The Sublime Object of Ideology (2009)
38. Gayle Salamon, Assuming a Body: Transgender and Rhetorics of Materiality (2010)
• “The Bodily Ego and the Contested Domain of the Material”
• “The Sexual Schema: Transposition and Transgender in Phenomenology of Perception”
39. Sharon Patricia Holland, The Erotic Life of Racism (2012)
• “Introduction: The Last Word on Racism”
• “Race: There’s No Place like ‘Beyond’” 
• “Desire, or ‘A Bit of the Other’” 
40. Marie-Laure Ryan, “Transmedial Storytelling and Transfictionality” (2013)

Problematic: Liminality and Narrativity

Because Mary Ruefle says she's convinced the first lyric poem was witness to the moon and that the moon was witness to the event.