Possible Novels for the Seminar Paper


Background information on the authors and their novels can be found in online databases like the Literature Resource Center and the Literature Online (LION), or in the Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies (on reserve).  The Encyclopedia also has helpful entries on “Australian Literatures,” “Hispanophone Literatures,” “Indian-Language Literatures,” and the like, which will help situate the authors in their particular cultural context.  Emory University has a helpful website on postcolonial theorists and novelists: http://www.english.emory.edu/Bahri/Intro.html.  Reviews of the novels can be found in TLS (The Times Literary Supplement) or the New York Review of Books, and some of the novels can be found online through the NetLibrary database.  All of these databases are available through the Halle library website.  Basic reader reactions, descriptions of the novels, and some short reviews can be found online at Amazon.  If the books are not available at the Halle library, use the Wolrdcat database to locate the complete bibliographic information and then Interlibrary Loan them from other libraries. 



Coetzee, J.  M.  Disgrace.  New York: Viking, 1999.

      .   Elisabeth Costello.  New York: Penguin, 2003.

      .   Foe.  New York: Penguin, 1986.

      .   Waiting for the Barbarians.  New York: Penguin, 1982.

Gil Courtemanche.  A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali.  Trans. Patricia Claxton.  New York: Knopf, 2003.

Dangarembga, Tsitsi.  Nervous Conditions.  Seattle: Seal Press, 1989.

Dinesen, Isak.  Out of Africa.  New York: Vintage, 1985.

Emecheta, Buchi.  Joys of Motherhood.  Oxford: Heinemann International, 1994.

Gordimer, Nadine.  Burger’s Daughter.  New York: Penguin, 1980.

      .   The House Gun.  New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1998.

Haggard, H.  Rider.  King Solomon’s Mines.  New York: Modern Library, 2002.  (NetLibrary)

      .   She: A History of Adventure.  New York: Modern Library, 2002.  (NetLibrary)


Australia/New Zealand

Frame, Janet.  The Edge of the Alphabet.  New York: Braziller, 1962.

Malouf, David.  Remembering Babylon.  New York: Vintage, 1993.

Hulme, Keri.  The Bone People.  London: Pan Books, 1985.



­Condé, Maryse.  Windward Heights.  Trans.  Richard Philcox.  New York: Soho Press, 2000.

Danticat, Edwidge.  The Farming of Bones.  New York: Penguin, 1999.

Kincaid, Jamaica.  Annie John.  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1985.

      .   The Autobiography of My Mother.  New York: Penguin, 1997.

Naipaul, V.  S.  A House for Mr Biswas.  New York: Penguin Books, 1992.

Pérez, Loida Maritza.  Geographies of Home.  New York: Penguin, 1999. 



Min, Anchee.  Empress Orchid.  Boston: Hougton Mifflin, 2004.

      .   Red Azalea.  New York: Berkeley Books, 1994.



­Mahfouz, Naguib.  The Day the Leader was Killed.  New York: Random House, 2000.

Saadawi, Nawal El.  God Dies by the Nile.  New York: Zed Books, 1985.



Calvino, Italo.  If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler.  San Diego: Harcourt Brace, 1979.

Camus, Albert.  The Stranger.  New York: Knopf, 1946.

Dinesen, Isak.  “The Dreamers.”  Seven Gothic Tales.  New York: Modern Library, 1961.

Duras, Marguerite.  The Lover.  New York: HarperPerennial, 1992.



Banville, John.  Ghosts.  New York: Vintage, 1993.

McCabe, Pat.  Butcher Boy.  New York: Fromm, 1993.

McCourt, Frank.  Angela’s Ashes.  New York: Scribner, 1996. 



Mishima, Yukio.  Confessions of a Mask.  New York: New Directions, 1958.  

Yasunari, Kawabata.  The Izu Dancer.  Tokyo: Harashobo, 1973.

Yoshimoto, Banana.  Kitchen.  New York: Grove Press, 1993.



Yun, Mia.  House of the Winds.  New York: Interlink Books, 1998.

      .   Translations of Beauty.  New York: Aria Books, 2004.



Proulx, Annie.  The Shipping News.  New York: Simon & Schuster, 1994.



al-Atrash, Leila.  A Woman of Five Seasons.  New York: Interlink Books, 2002.

Al-Shaykh, Hanan.  The Story of Zahra.  New York: Anchor Books, 1994.

Habiby, Emile.  The Secret Life of Saeed: The Pessoptimist.  New York: Interlink Books, 2002.

Kanafani, Ghassan.  All That’s Left to You.  New York: Interlink Books, 2004.

Shammas, Anton.  Arabesques: A Novel.  Berkeley: University of California Press, 2001.

Yehoshua, A. B. The Lover.  New York: Harcourt, 1977.



Brossard, Nicole.  The Blue Books: A Book / Turn of a Pang / French Kiss, or, A Pang's Progress.  Trans. Larry Shouldice and Patricia Claxton.  Toronto: Coach House, 2003.


South America

Borges, Jorge Luis.  Ficciones.  London: Bristol Classical Press, 1999. 

Cortázar, Julio.  Hopscotch.  Trans. Gregory Rabassa.  New York: Random House, 1987.

Fuentes, Carlos.  Aura.  New York: Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 1992.

      . The Death of Artemio Cruz.  New York: Noonday Press, 1991.

Lispector, Clarice.  The Passion According to G.H.  Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1988

      .   The Hour of the Star.  New York: New Directions, 1992.

Marquez, Gabriel Garcia.  One Hundred Years of Solitude.  New York: Harper Perennial, 1999. 


Southeast Asia

Lahiri, Jhumpa.  The Namesake.  Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2003.

Markandaya, Kamala.  Nectar in a Sieve.  New York: Signet Classic, 2002.

Rushdie, Salman.  Fury.  New York: Modern Library, 2001.

      .   Midnight’s Children.  New York: Penguin, 1997.

      .   The Satanic Verses.  New York: Henry Holt, 1997.

Suleri, Sara.  Meatless Days.  Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.


Sri Lanka

Ondaatje, Michael.  Anil’s Ghost.  New York: Knopf, 2000.



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