Postcolonialism: PhD Exams Reading List

Primary Texts

African Authors

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.

Armah, Ayi Kwei. The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born.

Ba, Mariama. So Long a Letter.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.. Purple Hibiscus.

Coetzee, J. M. Waiting for the Barbarians.

—. Disgrace.

Dangarembga, Tsitsi. Nervous Conditions: A Novel.

Djebar, Assia. So Vast the Prison.

Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood.

—. Second Class Citizen.

Gordimer, Nadine. The Burgher’s Daughter.

Head, Bessie. A Question of Power.

Okri, Ben. The Famished Road.

Soyinka, Wole. Death and the King’s Horseman.

Thiong’o, Ngugi wa. Devil on the Cross.

Sembene, Ousman. God’s Bits of Wood.

Nwapa, Flora. Efuru.

Tutoula, Amos. The Palm-wine Drinkard.

Aidoo, Ama Ata. Our Sister Killjoy.


Brathwaite, Edward Kamau.  The Arrivants.

Cliff, Michelle. Abeng.

—. No Telephone to Heaven

Conde, Maryse. Crossing the Mangrove.

Danticat, Edwidge. Breath, Eyes, Memory.

Hodge, Merle. Crick Crack, Monkey.

Kincaid, Jamaica. Lucy.

Lamming, George. In the Castle of My Skin.

Lovelace, Earl. The Wine of Astonishment.

—. The Dragon Can’t Dance

Naipaul, V.S. A bend in the River.    

—. A House for Mr. Biswas

Rhys, Jean. Wide Sargasso Sea.

Selvon, Sam.  Moses Ascending.

Edgell, Zee.Time and the River.

South Asian Authors (Including South Asian diaspora)

Anand, Mulk Raj. Untouchable.

Desai, Anita. Baumgartner’s Bombay.

Ghosh, Amitav. The Shadow Lines.

Kureishi, Hanif. My Beautiful Laundrette.

—. Buddha of Suburbia.

Lahiri, Jumpa. The Namesake.

Mukherjee, Bharati. Jasmine.

Mistry, Rohinton. A Fine Balance.

Narayan, RK. Waiting for the Mahatma.

Rao, RajaKanthapura.

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things.

Rushdie, Salman. Midnight’s Children.

—. The Satanic Verses

Sidwa, Baspi. Cracking India.

Singh, Khushwant. Train to Pakistan.

Tagore, Rabindranath. The Home and the World.

Chughtai, Ismat. The Crooked Line.

Hussain, Abdullah. The Weary Generations.

Hyder, Qurratulain. River of Fire.

Middle Eastern Authors

Mahfouz, Naguib. Children of the Alley.

Saadawi, Nawal El. Woman At Point Zero.

Salih, Al-Tayyib. Season of Migration to the North.

Alifa Rifaat. Distant View of the Minaret and Other Stories.

Latin American Authors

Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits.

Alvarez, Julia. In The Time of Butterflies.

Marquez, Gabriel García. One Hundred Years of Solitude.

Secondary Texts

Foucault (Archeology of Knowledge). Derrida (Of Grammatology), Roland Bathes (Mythologies), Delueze (Anti Oedipus); Parth Chatterjee (Nation and its Fragments), Dipesh Chkarabarty (Provincializing Europe). Jameson (Politcal Unconscious); Eagleton (After Theory); Marx (The Communist Manifesto and “The Eighteenth Brumaire of Louis Napoleon).

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities.

Bhabha, Homi K. Nation and Narration.

—. The Location of Culture

Cesaire, Aime. Discourse on Colonialism.

Dirlik, Arif. “The Postcolonial Aura: Third World Criticism in the Age of Global Capitalism.”

Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth.

—. Black Skin, White Mask

Studies in a Dying Colonialism

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic: Modernity and Double Consciousness. 

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. Empire.

James, CLR.. The Black Jacobins.

Jameson, Fredric. “Third World Literature in the Era of Multinational Capitalism.”

Loomba, Ania. Colonialism/Postcolonialism.

McClintock, Ann. “The Angel of Progress: Pitfalls of the Term ‘Postcolonialism.”

—. Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Conquest

Memmi, Albert. The Colonizer and the Colonized.

Minh-ha, Trinh T. Woman, Native, Other: Writing Postcoloniality and Feminism. 

Mohanty, Chandra. Feminism Without Border.

Mohanty, Russo and Torres, eds. Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism.

Nasta, Sushila ed. Motherlands: Black Women’s Writing from Africa, the Caribbean and South Asia.

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

Said, Edward. Orientalism.

—. Culture and Imperialism

Spivak, Gayatri. “Can the Subaltern Speak?”

—. Other Asias

—. The Critique of Postcolonial Reason

Spur, David. The Rhetoric of Empire.

Young, Robert JC. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction.

—. White Mythologies: Writing History and the West

You might also want to take a look at some of my postcolonial literature courses.