Core Texts

This list is a work in progress and will be continuously revised. Student players should expect to read individual chapters of the books below.


Achebe, Chinua. “An Image of Africa: Racism in Conrad’s ‘Heart of Darkness.” The Massachusetts Review 18, no. 4 (1977): 782–794.

Chimamanda Adichie: The Danger of a Single Story | Video on, Oct 2009.

Ang, Ien. On Not Speaking Chinese: Living Between Asia and the West. London ; New York: Routledge,, 2001.

Anzaldua, Gloria. Borderlands / La Frontera: The New Mestiza. Fourth ed. Aunt Lute Books, 2012.

Cheng, Anne Anlin. The Melancholy of Race. Oxford University Press US, 2001.

Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. 2nd ed. Vintage, 1995.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. Translated by Richard Philcox. Revised. Grove Press, 2008.

hooks, bell. Ain’t I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism. South End Press, 1999.

Katznelson, Ira. When Affirmative Action Was White: An Untold History Of Racial Inequality In Twentieth-century America. W. W. Norton & Company, 2005.

Lipsitz, George. The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics, Revised and Expanded Edition. Rev Exp. Temple University Press, 2006.

Liu, Eric. The Accidental Asian: Notes of a Native Speaker. Vintage, 1999.

Lee, Stacey J. Unraveling the “Model Minority” Stereotype: Listening to Asian American Youth. Teachers College Press, 1996.

McIntosh, Peggy. “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences Through Work in Women’s Studies.” In Privilege: A Reader, edited by Michael S. Kimmel and Abby L. Ferber, 146–160. Basic Books, 2003.

Painter, Nell Irvin. The History of White People. First ed. W. W. Norton & Company, 2010.

Said, Edward W. Orientalism. 1st Vintage Books ed. Vintage, 1979.

Shapiro, Thomas M. The Hidden Cost of Being African American: How Wealth Perpetuates Inequality. New York: Oxford University Press,, 2004.

Supreme Court of the United States. Brown vs Brown Board of Education. 347 US 483, 1954.

Thiong’O, Ngugi wa. Decolonising the Mind: The Politics of Language in African Literature. Nairobi: East African Educational Publishers, 1981.

Smiley, Jane. “Say It Ain’t So, Huck:  Second Thoughts on Mark Twain’s ‘Masterpiece’.” Harper’s, January 1996.

Tatum, Beverly Daniel. “Why Are All The Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria?”: A Psychologist Explains the Development of Racial Identity. 5th Anniv., Revised. Basic Books, 2003.

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