Daily Archives: July 29, 2011

Fall Books

Because the life of “contingent hire” faculty is so exciting (insert comparative: “it’s like doing parkour and jello shots during an earthquake!” etc.) I now have 3 classes for the Fall. Probably. Or, as the department chair suggested, “We’ll see.” It all depends on whether SFSU students can be lured into the classroom by the somewhat innocuous course title “Humanities of the Americas”:

“Humanities of American cultures emphasizing Latin America and the Caribbean. Cultural/historical framework for study of ancient, colonial, and modern humanistic expressions in architecture, folk arts, poetry, painting, murals, cinema, music.”

At any rate, all the books are ordered now, and I can spend the few remaining weeks of the Summer grinding out that last twenty pages.


Helena Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus

Ana Maria Shua, Death as a Side Effect

Ernesto Guevara, The Motorcycle Diaries

Joseph Conrad, Nostromo

Alejo Carpentier, Explosion in a Cathedral

William Shakespeare, The Tempest


Helena Viramontes, Under the Feet of Jesus

Lauren Beukes, Moxyland

Victor Pelevin, Homo Zapiens

Massimo Carlotto, The Goodbye Kiss

Mark Fisher, Capitalist Realism

Ana Maria Shua, Death as a Side Effect


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett

The Girl by Meridel LeSueur

I Love Yous are For White People by Lac Su

Under the Feet of Jesus by Helen Viramontes