Preliminary Reading/Viewing List

Feel free to add your own and contribute questions or comments.

Critical Development Studies and Failed Revolution

Maria Josefina Saldaña-Portillo, The Revolutionary Imagination in the Americas and the Age of Development (A really excellent academic book about Che, Malcolm X, Rigoberta Menchú, and others)

More Revolutionary Testimonies

Malcolm X with Alex Haley, Autobiography of Malcolm X

Bobby Seale, Seize the Time

Assata Shakur, Assata

Rigoberta Menchú, I, Rigoberta Menchú

Good Recent Books about the Dominican Republic and Haiti

Junot Diaz, Drown

Edwidge Danticat, The Farming of the Bones

Postmodern and Postcolonial Novels and Short Stories

Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (more accessible than Gravity’s Rainbow, but still very postmodern)

César Aira, How I Became a Nun (begins with an amazing farcical revision of the first scene in 100 years of solitude)

Arundhati Roy, The God of Small Things

Jamaica Kincaid, Autobiography of my Mother

Pettina Gappah, An Elegy for Easterly

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Purple Hibiscus (her wonderful first novel)

The Thing Around Your Neck (stories, also good)

Important (fairly) Recent Documentaries

Sir No Sir! (David Zeiger. GI resistance to the Vietnam War)

Life and Debt (Stephanie Black. excellent movie about neoliberalism based on Jamaica Kincaid’s A Small Place)

Slingshot Hip Hop (Jackie Salloum. Excellent introduction to the current struggle for Palestinian rights and also to Palestinian hip hop)

Postmodern/Post-Movement Feature Films

The Matrix trilogy (Wachowski brothers). Revolutionaries fight white men/machines and try to imagine freedom in postmodernity.

Be Kind Rewind (Michel Gondry. Lovely postmodern movie about history and movies)

Half Nelson (Ryan Fleck. White liberal teachers and the death of social movements in the United States)


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