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Books Read in 2022

Jon Fosse. The Other Name (Septology I–II). (Trans. Damion Searls)
Susan Sontag. Against Interpretation and Other Essays.
Jonas Eika. After the Sun. (Trans. Sherilyn Nicolette Hellberg)
Aisha Sabatini Sloan. Borealis.
William Finnegan. Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life.
Hilary Mantel. The Mirror and the Light.
O. E. Rølvaag. Giants in the Earth. (Trans. Lincoln Colcord, with author)
Jon Krakauer. Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mt. Everest Disaster.
Jon Fosse. I Is Another (Septology III–V). (Trans. Damion Searls)
Jon Krakauer. Under the Banner of Heaven: A Story of Violent Faith.
Henrik Ibsen. Pillars of the Community. (Trans. Deborah Dawkin + Erik Skuggevik)
Reginald Gibbons. How Poems Think.
Dinaw Mengestu. How to Read the Air.
Henrik Ibsen. A Doll's House. (Trans. Deborah Dawkin + Erik Skuggevik)
Lowell Wyse. Ecospatiality: A Place-Based Approach to American Literature.
Aeschylus. The Oresteia. [Agamemnon / The Libation Bearers / The Eumenides.] (Trans. Ted Hughes)
Alva Noë. Out of Our Heads: Why You Are Not Your Brain, and Other Lessons from the Biology of Consciousness.
Henrik Ibsen. Ghosts. (Trans. Deborah Dawkin + Erik Skuggevik)
Dante Alighieri. Inferno. (Trans. Robert and Jean Hollander)
Henrik Ibsen. An Enemy of the People. (Trans. Deborah Dawkin + Erik Skuggevik)
Tom Kristensen. Havoc. (Trans. Carl Malmberg)
Penelope Fitzgerald. The Bookshop.
Wilma Stockenström. The Expedition to the Baobab Tree. (Trans. J. M. Coetzee)
Henrik Ibsen. The Wild Duck. (Trans. Deborah Dawkin + Erik Skuggevik)
Yū Miri. Tokyo Ueno Station. (Trans. Morgan Giles)
Paul Celan. The Meridian: Final Version—Drafts—Materials. (Trans. Pierre Joris)
Georg Büchner. Woyzeck. (Trans. Carl Richard Mueller)
Dag Solstad. Shyness and Dignity. (Trans. Sverre Lyngstad)
Fleur Jaeggy. SS Proleterka. (Trans. Alastair McEwen)
Günter Grass. The Tin Drum. (Trans. Breon Mitchell)
Dante Alighieri. Purgatorio. (Trans. Jean and Robert Hollander)
Jon Fosse. A New Name (Septology VI–VII). (Trans. Damion Searls)
John Burgman. High Drama: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of American Competition Climbing.
Tommy Caldwell. The Push: A Climber's Journey of Endurance, Risk, and Going Beyond Limits.
Dinaw Mengestu. All Our Names.
Teju Cole. Open City.
Min Hyoung Song. Climate Lyricism.
Alaa Al Aswany. The Yacoubian Building. (Trans. Humphrey Davies)
Dante Alighieri. Paradiso. (Trans. Robert and Jean Hollander)
Gustave Flaubert. Madame Bovary: Provincial Ways. (Trans. Lydia Davis)
Damon Galgut. The Promise.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Americanah.

Books I've Dabbled in This Year
** This is a new category for me, as I attempt to read more poetry, short stories, and essays, but without always committing to reading every piece in every collection. In time some these texts may move up into the "fully read" list, but for now I at least wanted to keep track of some of my dabbling.


Jay Ponteri. Someone Told Me.
Alexander Kluge. Temple of the Scapegoat: Opera Stories. (Trans. Isabel Fargo Cole, Donna Stonecipher, et al.)
Lydia Davis. Essays: Two.
Gwen E. Kirby. Shit Cassandra Saw.
Kjell Askildsen. Everything Like Before: Stories. (Trans. Seán Kinsella)
James Joyce. Ulysses. (Currently engaged in a *very* slow third reading, begun on the centenary of the book's publication.)
Brian Massumi. Parables for the Virtual.
Jean-Paul Sartre. Being and Nothingness. (Trans. Sarah Richmond.)
Frank Bidart. Half-light: Collected Poems 1965–2016.
Rodolphe Gasché. The Stelliferous Fold: Toward a Virtual Law of Literature's Self-Formation.
Peter Szondi. Celan Studies. (Trans. Susan Bernofsky, with Harvey Mendelsohn)
Iris Murdoch. Existentialists and Mystics.
Jesse McCarthy. Who Will Pay Reparations on My Soul?
Karen Lawrence. The Odyssey of Style in Ulysses.
Anthony Burgess. Re Joyce.
Sasha Abramsky. The House of Twenty Thousand Books.
Charles Bambach. Thinking the Poetic Measure of Justice: Hölderlin–Heidegger–Celan.
Tomas Hägg. The Novel in Antiquity.
Thomas Friedman. From Beirut to Jerusalem.
Herodotus. The Histories. (Trans. Andrea L. Purvis; the Landmark edition)

About Me
I am a scholar and a performance maker who lives and teaches in Portland, Oregon. In 2017 I completed my Ph.D. in English at Princeton University, 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 (Anglophone, Francophone, and Swahilophone). 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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