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TagsScience Fiction (144), African History (102), Cultural Studies (64), African Studies (64), Fantasy (55), South Africa (54), Comics (52), Anthropology (52), Children's Literature (43), Colonialism (41) — see all tags


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About meI'm a professor in the Department of History at Swarthmore College. My main fields of scholarly specialization are African and comparative colonial history, but I also teach general cultural history and cultural studies on a variety of topics. I've also written about children's television and more recently, computer games and virtual worlds.

I'm presently publishing a Substack blog called Eight by Seven. I used to blog at Easily Distracted and also at the group blogs Cliopatria and Terra Nova.

posted by TimothyBurke at 11:19 am (EST) on Aug 4, 2006 | re

About my libraryMy books listed here are from both my office and my home libraries. I briefly added "reviews" of books based on my reading notes from those books starting in the fall of 2013, linked to an old note-taking blog, Making Scholarship. (

My scholarly collection has a large number of works on African, colonial, imperial and world history; also anthropology, cultural studies, game studies, historiography, political theory and other work. My home collection includes many works of science fiction, children's literature, novels, and miscellaneous non-fiction. I've recently begun adding my cookbooks, our general fiction collection, and my wife's collections of books on dance, urban planning, feminist theory and other areas of interest. I'll also be adding my graphic novels and trade-publication comics more actively soon. If it's listed here we own it, though some of what we own hasn't made its way into this listing yet. It's possible that a book listed here might have left our collection via one of our periodic culls, but we very rarely dispose of books. I list some kinds of books relatively sparingly if at all, such as Moon or Lonely Planet travel guides.

GroupsAll Books Africa, Bloggers, Historical Fiction, History Readers: Clio's (Pleasure?) Palace, Reading Globally, Science Fiction Fans, South Africa, Swatties on LibraryThing, Time Travel, Alternate Histories and Parallel Worlds


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Member sinceAug 1, 2006

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