From Jennifer Einspahr:

Arendt, Hannah.  On the Human Condition.  1958.

-------- .  Between Past and Future.  New York:  Penguin, 1993.

Barber, Benjamin.  Strong Democracy.  1984.

Beauvoir, Simone de.  The Second Sex.  Ed. and Trans. by H.M. Parshely.  New York:  Vintage Books, 1989.

Brown, Wendy.  States of Injury.  Princeton:  1995.

Bourdieu, Pierre.  Outline of a Theory of Practice.  Cambridge:  Cambridge Univeristy Press, 1997.

Butler, Judith.  Gender Trouble:  Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.  New York:  Routledge, 1990.

--------.  The Psychic Life of Power.  1997.

Connell, Robert W.  Gender and Power:  Society, the Person, and Sexual Politics.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 1987.

Crenshaw, Kimberle.  “Mapping the Margins:  Intersectionality, Identity Politics, and Violence Against Women of Color.”  Stanford Law Review:  1241, 1991.

Dewey, John.  Experience and Nature.  1925.

--------.  Freedom and Culture.  1939.

Domosh, Mona and Joni Seager.  Putting Women in Place.  New York:  The Guilford Press, 1991.

Giddens, Anthony. The Giddens Reader.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 1993.

Foucault, Michel.  Discipline and Punish; History of Sexuality I and II; and others.

Fraser, Nancy.  Justice Interruptus.  1997.

Harvey, David.  Spaces of Capital.  New York:  Routledge, 2001. 

Hirschmann, Nancy.  The Subject of Liberty:  Toward a Feminist Theory of Freedom.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 2003.

hooks, bell.  From Margin to Center.  2000.

Kaufman-Osborn, Timothy V.  Creatures of Prometheus:  Gender and the Politics of Technology.  Lanham:  Rowman and Littlefield, 1997.

Keenan, Alan.  Democracy in Question.  Stanford:  Stanford University Press, 2003.

Lorber, Judith.  Paradoxes of Gender.  1994.

MacKinnon, Catharine.  Various.

MacPherson, C.B.  Democratic theory:  Essays in retrieval.  Oxford:  Clarendon Press. 1973. 

Marx, Karl.  Manuscripts, Jewish Question, German Ideology especially.

Massey, Doreen.  Space, Place, and Gender.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 1994.

McDowell, Linda.  Gender, Identity, and Place:  Understanding Feminist Geographies.  Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2003.

Moi, Toril.  What is a Woman?   1999.

Pettit, Phillip.  1997. Republicanism:  A theory of freedom and government.  Oxford:  Claredon Press.

--------.  2001.  A theory of freedom.  Oxford:  Oxford University Press.

Rousseau, Jean-Jacques.  Social Contract; First and Second Discourses, especially.

Scarry, Elaine.  The Body in Pain.  1985.

Sewell, William H.  “A Theory of Structure:  Duality, Agency, and Transformation.” 

            American Journal of Sociology.  Vol. 98, Is. 1 (July, 1992) 1-29.

Soja, Edward.  Postmodern Geographies:  The Reassertion of Space in Critical Theory.

New York:  Verso, 1989.

Stevens, Jacqueline.  Reproducing the State.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press,


Wittgenstein, Ludwig.  Philosophical Investigations, 1963; On Certainty, 1979.

Wolin, Sheldon. “Fugitive Democracy.”  in Seyla Benhabib, ed.  Democracy and Difference.  Princeton:  Princeton University Press, 1996, 31-45.

--------.   Politics and Vision.  2006.

Young, Iris Marion.  Justice and the Politics of Difference.  Princeton:  Princeton

            University Press,1990.

--------.  On Female Body Experience.  Oxford:  2005.

Zerilli, Linda.  Feminism and the Abyss of Freedom.  Chicago:  2005. 


From Shreena Ghandi:

Karl Marx, Capitalism.

GWF Hegal, The Phenomenology of Spirit. 

Max Weber, The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism.

Maurice Merleau Ponty, Phenomenology of Perception. 

Edward Said, Orientalism. 

Franz Fanon, Black Skin, White Masks. 

Walter Benjamin, Illuminations. 

Homi Bhabha.  The Location of Culture. 

Jean Baudrillard, The Consumer Society. 

Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation.

Martin Buber, I and Thou.

Pierre Bourdieu, Distinction. 

Pierre Bourdieu, The Field of Cultural Production. 

Marcel Mauss, The Gift. 

Clifford Geertz, The Interpretation of Cultures. 

Gadamer, Hans-Georg, Truth and Method. 

Arjun Appadurai, Modernity at Large.

The Social Lives of Things, Edited by Arjun Appadurai. 

Dipesh Chakrabarty, Provincilizing Europe.

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish. 

Gilles Deluze & Feliz Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia.

Elaine Scarry, The Body in Pain. 

Ricard Rorty, Contingency, Irony and Solidarity. 

Meena Alexander, Fault Lines. 

Talal Asad, Genealogies of Religion. 

Sigmund Freud, Civilization and Its Discontents. 

Sigmund Freud, The Future of an Illusion. 

Mircea Eliade, The Sacred and Profane. 

William James, The Varieties of Religious Experience. 

Frederic Jameson, Postmodernism, Or, The Logic of Late Capitalism. 

David Harvey, The Condition of Postmodernity. 

The Handbook of Material Culture, Edited by Christopher Tilley.

Vijay Prashad, Everybody was Kung-Fu Fighting. 

Antonio Gramsci, Selections from the Prison Notebooks. 


From Greg Wright

First-String Texts

Guy Debord, The Society of the Spectacle

Greil Marcus, Lipstick Traces: A Secret History of the Twentieth Century

Jean Baudrillard, Simulacra and Simulation; America

Roland Barthes, The Pleasure of the Text; S/Z; Mythologies; Camera Lucida; Elements of Semiology

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison; The Order of Things

Gilles Deleuze, Cinema 1: The Movement-Image; Cinema 2: The Time-Image

Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari, Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus; A Thousand Plateaus

Janet Staiger, Media Reception Studies

Homi Bhabha, The Location of Culture

Edward Said, Beginnings: Intention and Method; Orientalism

Walter Benjamin, Illuminations: Essays and Reflections

Giorgio Agamben, Homo Sacer: Sovereign Power and Bare Life; The Man without Content

Robert Aunger, The Electric Meme: A New Theory of How We Think

Susan Blackmore, The Meme Machine

George Bluestone, Novels into Film

David Bodanis, Web of Words: The Ideas Behind Politics

Cathy Caruth, Unclaimed Experience: Trauma, Narrative, and History

Ross Chambers, Loiterature

Paul Cilliers, Complexity and Postmodernism: Understanding Complex Systems

Carol J. Clover, Men, Women, and Chain Saws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film

Richard Dawkins, The Selfish Gene; The Extended Phenotype: The Long Reach of the Gene

Daniel C. Dennett, Consciousness Explained

Linda Hutcheon, A Theory of Adaptation

Steven Johnson, Emergence: The Interconnected Lives of Ants, Brains, Cities, and Software

Laura U. Marks, The Skin of the Film: Intercultural Cinema, Embodiment, and the Senses; Touch: Sensuous Theory and Multisensory Media

Brian Massumi, Parables for the Virtual: Affect, Movement, Sensation

Brian McFarlane, Novel to Film: An Introduction to the Theory of Adaptation

Marshall McLuhan, Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man

J. Hillis Miller, Ariadne’s Thread: Story Lines

Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History


Second-String Texts

Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri, Empire

Slavoj Žižek, Enjoy Your Symptom!; Organs without Bodies

Louis Althusser, Ideology and Ideological State Apparatuses: Notes Toward an Investigation

Judith Butler, Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity; Excitable Speech: A Politics of the Performative

M. M. Bakhtin, Rabelais and His World

Ken Knabb, ed., The Situationist International Anthology

Henri Lefebvre, The Production of Space

Edward Soja, Postmodern Geographies: The Reassertion of Space in Critical Social Theory

Graeme Turner, Film as Social Practice

Frederic Jameson, Signatures of the Visible; Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism

Jean-Luc Nancy, Being Singular Plural; The Sense of the World

Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology

Frantz Fanon, The Wretched of the Earth; Black Skin, White Masks

Laura Mulvey, Visual and Other Pleasures; Death at 24x a Second

Sigmund Freud, Beyond the Pleasure Principle; Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria; Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious; Civilization and Its Discontents

Paul Gilroy, The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness

Antonio Benítez-Rojo, The Repeating Island: The Caribbean and the Postmodern Perspective

Judith Roof, Come as You Are: Sexuality and Narrative

Achille Mbembe, On the Postcolony

Gloria Anzaldua, Borderlands/La Frontera

Gayatri Spivak, A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present

Dick Hebdige, Subculture: The Meaning of Style

Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno, The Dialectic of Enlightenment; The Culture Industry

Julia Kristeva, Revolution in Poetic Language; Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection



From Amelia Katanski

Acoose, Janice et al.  Reasoning Together:  The Native Critics’ Collective.  2008.

Ahmad, Aijaz.  In Theory:  Classes, Nations, Literatures.

Basso, Keith.  Portraits of “the Whiteman”:  Linguistic Play and Cultural Symbols Among the Western Apache.

-----.  Wisdom Sits in Places:  Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache.

Bakhtin, MM.  The Dialogic Imagination.

-----.  Speech Genres and Other Late Essays

Bell, Derrick.  And We Are Not Saved.

Clifford, James.  “Traveling Culture.”

Clifford, James, ed..  Writing Culture:  The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography.

Cruikshank, Julie.  The Social Life of Stories:  Narrative and Knowledge in the Yukon Territory.  1998.

Crenshaw, Kimberle, et al.  Critical Race Theory:  Key Writings that Formed the Movement.

Fanon, Frantz.  The Wretched of the Earth.

Fletcher, Matthew LM.  American Indian Education:  Counternarratives in Racism, Struggle and the Law, 2008.

Foucault, Michel.  Discipline and Punish.

-----.The History of Sexuality.

Gates, Henry Louis.  The Signifying Monkey:  A Theory of African American Literary Criticism.

Gates, Henry Louis, ed.  “Race” Writing and Difference.

Jameson, Frederick.  The Political Unconscious.

Kroskrity, Paul.  Language, History and Identity  U Arizona Press.

Morrison, Toni.  Playing in the Dark:  Whiteness and the Literary Imagination.

Ngugi wa Thiong’o.  Decolonizing the Mind:  The Politics of Language in African Literature.

Pratt, Mary Louise.  Imperial Eyes:  Travel Writing and Transculturation.

Said, Edward.  Culture and Imperialism.

-----.  Orientalism.

-----.  “Preface to Orientalism” 2001.

Sarris, Keeping Slug Woman Alive:  A Holistic Approach to American Indian Texts.

Smith, Linda Tuhiwai, Decolonizing Methodologies:  Research and Indigenous People.  London:  Zed, 1999.

Teuton, Sean.  Red Land, Red Power:  Grounding Knowledge in the American Indian Novel.  2008.

Vizenor, Gerald.  Manifest Manners:  Narratives on Postindian Survivance.

Volosinov, VN.  Marxism and the Philosophy of Language.

Williams, Patricia.  The Alchemy of Race and Rights. 1991.

Williams, Robert.  The American Indian in Western Legal Thought:  Discourses of Conquest.

-----. Linking Arms Together:  American Indian Treaty Visions of Law and Peace, 1999.

Womack, Craig. Red on Red:  Native American Literary Separatism.  U Minnesota, 1999.

Womack, Craig, Robert Allen Warrior and Jace Weaver, American Indian Literary Nationalism.  2006.

Warrior, Robert Allen.  Tribal Secrets:  Recovering American Indian Intellectual Traditions.

-----.  The People and the Word:  Reading Native Nonfiction.


From Maksim Kokushkin

“The term critical theory stands, therefore, for an activity rather than a body of

knowledge” Zygmunt Bauman, p. 139 in Beilharz “The Bauman Reader”

· Ella Bell and Stella Nkomo “Our Separate Ways: Black and White Women and

the Struggle for Professional Identity”

· Gosta Esping-Andersen "Social Foundations of Postindustrial Economies"

· Herbert Marcuse “One-Dimensional Man: Studies in the Ideology of Advanced

Industrial Society”

· Jurgen Habermas “The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An

Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society”

· Karl Marx “The Capital”

· Karl Marx and Eugene Kamenka “The Portable Karl Marx”

· Karl Polanyi "The Great Transformation"

· Klaus Offe and John Keane (eds.) “Disorganized Capitalism: Contemporary

Transfromation of Work and Politics”

· Max Horkheimer “Critical Theory: Selected Essays”

· Max Horkheimer and Theodor Adorno “The Dialectic of Enlightenment”

· Pierre Bourdieu “Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste”

· Rosabeth Moss Kanter “Men and Women of the Corporation”

· Scott Lash and John Urry “The End of Organized Capitalism”

· Zygmunt Bauman “Modernity and the Holocaust”