Getting closer to the end of this term and starting to think, slowly, about possible books for next year’s classes. Look at this nice array of possibilities:

The second edition of Linda Tuhiwai Smith’s Decolonizing Methodologies came out last Fall. A perfect way to start a graduate course in research methodologies. I’m also really interested in Joan W. Scott’s The Fantasy of Feminist History (2011), and have just started Annamarie Jagose’s Orgasmology (2013). Wandering through the virtual bookshelves of Duke University Press, I’m drawn to Robyn Wiegman’s Object Lessons (2012) and Clare Hemmings’ Why Stories Matter (2011). And I can’t forget Sara Ahmed’s The Promise of Happiness (2010).  I’m also wondering about Carolyn Ellis’ 2004 book, The Ethnographic I: A Methodological Novel About Autoethnography.

From that list, it looks like I have my graduate courses, at least, sewn up. Much more challenging, I suspect, will be my undergraduate courses. I’m still searching (impossibly, I know), for the perfect textbook – or series of books – for our introductory course. I want readings that will challenge, provoke and inspire, and our current textbook does quite the opposite. And it’s expensive. I added Anne Fausto-Sterling’s Sex/Gender: Biology in a Social World last year and they loved it. Now I’m hoping for other works to get them really inspired to think through the politics of  this mess of a world we all call home.

Thoughts? Ideas? Suggestions gratefully accepted.


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