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Books Read in 2023

Erlend Loe. Naiv. Super.
Muriel Spark. The Driver's Seat.
Peter Høeg. Smilla's Sense of Snow. (Trans. Tiina Nunnally)
Patti Smith. Just Kids.
Lauren Redniss. Oak Flat: A Fight for Sacred Land in the American West. (Teaching text)
Karl Ove Knausgård. Winter. (Trans. Ingvild Burkey)
Muriel Spark. The Abbess of Crewe.
Stephen Greenblatt. The Swerve: How the World Became Modern.
Ali Smith. Winter.
Ta-Nehisi Coates. Between the World and Me.
Muriel Spark. The Ballad of Peckham Rye.
Amos Tutuola. The Palm-Wine Drinkard. (Teaching text)
Daphne Brooks. Liner Notes for the Revolution: The Intellectual Life of Black Feminist Sound.
Jeffrey Eugenides. The Marriage Plot.
Aimé Césaire. Discourse on Colonialism. (Trans. Joan Pinkham; teaching text)
Wangari Maathai. Unbowed: A Memoir. (Teaching text)
Chinua Achebe. Things Fall Apart. (Teaching text)
Tayeb Salih. Season of Migration to the North. (Trans. Denys Johnson-Davies; teaching text)
Helen DeWitt. The Last Samurai.
Sayaka Murata. Convenience Store Woman. (Trans. Ginny Tapley Takemori)
Assia Djebar. Fantasia: An Algerian Cavalcade. (Trans. Dorothy S. Blair; teaching text)
Sohail Daulatzai. Fifty Years of "The Battle of Algiers": Past as Prologue.
Jamaica Kincaid. A Small Place. (Teaching text)
Donna Haraway. The Companion Species Manifesto: Dogs, People, and Significant Otherness. (Teaching text)
V. S. Naipaul. Miguel Street. (Teaching text)
Salman Rushdie. Luka and the Fire of Life.
Muriel Spark. Memento Mori.
Salman Rushdie. Shame. (Teaching text)
Ali Smith. Spring.
Leslie Marmon Silko. Ceremony. (Teaching text)
Ali Smith. How to be both.
John Felstine. Paul Celan: Poet, Survivor, Jew.
Karl Ove Knausgård. Spring. (Trans. Ingvild Burkey)
Ali Smith. Summer.
Mohamed Mbougar Sarr. La plus secrète mémoire des hommes.
Vigdis Hjorth. A House in Norway. (Trans. Charlotte Barslund)
Robin Hobb. Assassin's Apprentice.
Rachel Cusk. Second Place.
Boubacar Boris Diop. Murambi, The Book of Bones. (Trans. Fiona McLaughlin)
Abdulrazak Gurnah. Afterlives.
Boubacar Boris Diop. The Knight and His Shadow. (Trans. Alan Furness)
Karl Ove Knausgård. Summer. (Trans. Ingvild Burkey)
Jon Fosse. Melancholy. (Trans. Grethe Kvernes + Damion Searls)
Emily Hall. The Longcut.
Olga Ravn. The Employees. (Trans. Martin Aitken)
Sheila Heti. How Should a Person Be?
James Rollins. The Judas Strain.
Gunnhild Øyehaug. Present Tense Machine. (Trans. Kari Dickson)
Stein Riverton. Jernvognen.
David Diop. Beyond the Door of No Return. (Trans. Sam Taylor)

Books I've Dabbled in This Year

** This category reflects my attempt to read more poetry, short stories, and essays, but without always committing to reading every piece in every collection. I'm also continuing to practice letting myself not finish books that aren't serving me — at least, for now. In time, some of these texts may move up into the "fully read" list. For now, though, want to preserve a space to keep track of my dabbling.

Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing. The Mushroom at the End of the World: On the Possibility of Life in Capitalist Ruins. (Teaching text)
Manuel De Landa. A Thousand Years of Nonlinear History. (Teaching text)
Gregory Bateson. Steps to an Ecology of Mind. (Teaching text)
Michael Taussig. Palma Africana. (Teaching text)
Sophie Chao. In the Shadow of the Palms: More-than-Human Becomings in West Papua (Teaching text)
Martin Hägglund. This Life: Secular Faith and Spiritual Freedom.
Juno Salazar Parreñas. Decolonizing Extinction: The Work of Care in Orangutan Rehabilitation. (Teaching text)
Hugh Raffles. The Book of Unconformities: Speculations on Lost Time. (Teaching text)
Derek McCormack. Atmospheric Things: On the Allure of Elemental Envelopment. (Teaching text)
Lyall Watson. Heaven's Breath: A Natural History of the Wind. (Teaching text)
Jenny Offill. Weather. (Teaching text)
Lucy Ellmann. Ducks, Newburyport. (Teaching text)
Min Hyoung Song. Climate Lyricism. (Teaching text)
Amitav Ghosh. The Nutmeg's Curse: Parables for a Planet in Crisis.
Alex Ross. The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century.
Alistair Horne. A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962.
Roberto Bolaño. The Savage Detectives. (Trans. Natasha Wimmer; I just couldn't with this one!)
Marjorie Perloff. Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century.

About Me

I am a scholar and a performance maker who lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon. I completed my Ph.D. in English at Princeton University in 2017, and since then I have taught in the Hallie Ford School of Graduate Studies at Pacific Northwest College of Art, which is now part of Willamette University.

I am a specialist in postcolonial literature, with particular emphasis on African literatures (mainly in English and French, but also Swahili). My other research and teaching interests include environmental philosophy, decolonial theory, world literature, translation studies, and the history of the novel. My first book, Unsettling Nature: Ecology, Phenomenology, and the Settler Colonial Imagination, was published by the University of Virginia Press in March 2022.

In Portland, I also work as a contemporary dance artist. I've performed in numerous companies, such as the site-specific group POV Dance and Eliza Larson's FaultLine Dance, and I've also presented original work, such as 2010's Tinnitus and 2017's Abominable. New work, tentatively titled Extinction Mass, is still in the early stages of conception.

Finally, I have a website, The Exploded View, that features long-form essays with an emphasis on world literature in translation. You can also find more information there about my other publications as well as my performance works. Please check it out!

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