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The list below focuses on secondary literature specific for each of the novels in the reading list (2021-22). Materials may be added only after each week's seminars have run. Materials for novels in previous reading lists appear at the end.

For general, theoretical, approaches to the novel, please see the 'Theory'Link opens in a new window page.

Week 1: Olga Tokarczuk. Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of the Dead. 2009. [Poland]

Gaard, Greta., Estok, Simon C., and Oppermann, Serpil. (eds.). International Perspectives in Feminist Ecocriticism. New York and London: Routledge, 2013.

Karwowska, Bożena. ‘Mythical Subversions (Olga Tokarczuk)’. Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918, Tamara Trojanowska et al. (eds.), Toronto, Buffalo and London: University of Toronto Press, 2018. 417 - 422. JSTOR,

Mars-Jones, Adam. ‘Constellationality’ (Review of Flights). London Review of Books 39.19 (2017).

Piotrowska, Agnieszka. (2020). What Does (a Nasty) Woman Want?. Feminist Encounters: A Journal ofCritical Studies in Culture and Politics, 4(2), 33. Video:

Piotrowska, Agnieszka (dir.). Spoor [Pokot]. Poland, Czeck Republic, Germany, 2017. DVD.

Riederer, Rachel. ‘Is It a Crime? Olga Tokarczuk dismantles the murder mystery’. The New Republic 250.11 (2019): 60-62.

Tokarczuk, Olga. ‘The Tender Narrator’. Nobel Prize Lecture. 7 December 2019.

Wienroder-Skinner, Dagmar. ‘Attempts at (Re)Conciliation: Polish-German Relations in Literary Texts by Stefan Chwin, Pawel Huelle, and Olga Tokarczuk’. Laurel Cohen-Pfister and Dagmar Wienroder-Skinner (eds.). Victims and Perpetrators 1933-1945. Berlin and New York: De Gruyter, 2006. 262-282. DOI:

Week 2: Dulce Maria Cardoso. The Return. 2011. [Portugal]

Gilroy, Paul. After Empire: Melancholia or Convivial Culture? London: Routledge, 2004.

Ferreira, Ana Paula. ‘Lusotropicalist Entanglements: Colonial Racisms in the Postcolonial Metropolis’. Hilary Owen and Anna M. Klobucka (eds.). Gender, Empire, and Postcolony: Luso-Afro-Brazilian Intersections. New York and London: Palgrave, 2014, 49-68.

Lubkemann, Stephen C. ‘Race, Class, and Kin in the Negotiation of “Internal Strangerhood” among Portuguese Retornados, 1975-2000’. Andrea L. Smith (ed.). Europe’s Invisible Migrants (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2003, 75-94.

Medeiros, Paulo de. ‘“Caring for the Sacred Heart”: Eliete, Memory, And (Im)Possible Returns, or a Politics of Banality’. Portuguese Studies, 36.1 (2020), 32 - 48. JSTOR,

Medeiros, Paulo, et al. ‘Dulce Maria Cardoso: Interview’. Portuguese Studies, 36.1 (2020): 49 - 66. JSTOR,

Mendes, Ana Cristina. ‘Remembering and fictionalizing inhospitable Europe: The experience of Portuguese retornados in Dulce Maria Cardoso’s The Return and Isabela Figueiredo’s Notebook of Colonial Memories. Journal of Postcolonial Studies 53:6, 729-742, DOI: 10.1080/17449855.2017.1353538.

Ovalle-Bahamón, Ricardo E. ‘The Wrinkles of Decolonization and Nationness: White Angolans as Retornados in Portugal. Andrea L. Smith (ed.). Europe’s Invisible Migrants (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2003, 147-168.

Peralta, Elsa. ‘The Return from Africa: Illegitimacy, Concealment, and the Non-Memory of Portugal’s Imperial Collapse. Memory Studies, May 2019, doi:10.1177/1750698019849704

Week 3: Max Porter. Grief Is the Thing with Feathers. 2016. [UK]

Clark, Heather. The Grief of Influence: Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2010.

Gross, Richard. Understanding Grief: An Introduction. London and New York: Routledge, 2015.

Hughes, Ted. Crow. London: Faber and Faber, 1970.

Kitamura, Katie. ‘Their Grief Counselor is a Crow. It’s Fiction.’ The New York Times, 1 July 2016.

Marzluff, John M. and Angell Tony. In the Company of Crows and Ravens. Illustrated by Tony Angell. Foreword by Paul Ehrlich. New Haven: Yale University Press, 2005.

Porter, Max. ‘Interview with Sarah Crown’. The Guardian. 12 September 2015.

Porter, Max. ‘Interview with Frances Gertler’. Foyles.

Sarti, Sebastian. ‘On Grief Is the Thing with Feathers by Max Porter’. Kenyon Review.

Week 4: Jesmyn Ward. Sing, Unburied, Sing. 2017. [USA]

Allardice, Lisa. ‘Interview: Jesmyn Ward: “Black girls are silenced, misunderstood and underestimated”’. The Guardian. 11 May 2018.

Green, Adrienne. ‘Jesmyn Ward's Eerie, Powerful Unearthing of History’. The Atlantic. 28 September 2017.

Hartnell, Anna. After Katrina: Race, Neoliberalism, and the End of the American Century. Albany, SUNY Press, 2017.

Keeble, Arin. Narratives of Hurricane Katrina in Context: Literature, Film, and Television. London: Palgrave, 2019.

Khedhir, Yesmina. "GHOSTS TELL STORIES: CULTURAL HAUNTING IN JESMYN WARD'S SING, UNBURIED, SING." British and American Studies, vol. 26, 2020, pp. 17-23,269. ProQuest,

MacNamee, Eoin. ‘Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward review: Deep darkness in the Deep South’. The Irish Times. 6 March 2021.

Maran, Meerdith. ‘Jesmyn Ward: Why I Write About Myself’. Chicago Tribune. 28 January 2016.

McCord, Charline R., and Judy H. Tucker, editors. ‘Jesmyn Ward’. Coming Home to Mississippi. Jackson: University Press of Mississippi, 2013, pp. 111–113. JSTOR,

Ward, Jesmyn. ‘On Witness and Despair: A Personal Tragedy Followed by Pandemic’. Vanity Fair. September 2020.

Ward, Jesmyn. Editor. The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race. London: Bloomsbury, 2016.

Week 5: Patrick Modiano. Invisible Ink. 2018. [France]

Kawakami, Akane. Patrick Modiano. Liverpool: Liverpool University Press, 2015.

Niroula, Pradick. ‘The Mysteries and Melodies of Memory in Invisible Ink’. Chicago Review of Books. 2 November 2020.

Ousselin, Edward. ‘Encre sympathique by Patrick Modiano’. World Literature Today. Winter 2020.

Tonkin, Boyd. In search of Noëlle: Invisible Ink, by Patrick Modiano, reviewed. The Spectator. 9 January 2021.

VanderWolk, William. Rewriting the past: memory, history and narration in the novels of Patrick Modiano. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997.

Week 6: Reading week

Week 7: Bernardine Evaristo. Girl, Woman, Other. 2019. [UK]

Brown, Wendy. ‘No Future for White Men: Nihilism, Fatalism, and Ressentiment’. In Brown, Wendy. In the Ruins of Neoliberalism: The Rise of Antidemocratic Politics in the West. New York: Columbia University Press, 2019. 161-188.

Evaristo, Bernardine. 'These are unprecedented times for black female writers'. The Guardian. 19 October 2019.

Gatti, Tom. Interview with Bernardine Evaristo: ‘We Are Pretty Invisible in Fiction’. New Statesman. 25-31 October 2019.

Gilroy, Paul. There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack: The Cultural Politics of Race and Nation. Oxford and New York: Routledge, 1987; 1992.

Hall, Stuart. The Fateful Triangle: Race, Ethnicity, Nation. Cambridge, Mass.: Harvard University Press, 2017.

León, Concepción de. ‘Booker Prize Winner ‘Girl, Woman, Other’ Is Coming to America’. Interview. The New York Times. 1 November 2019.

Nash, Jennifer C. Black Feminism Reimagined: After Intersectionality. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2019.

Osborne, Deirdre, Editor. The Cambridge Companion to British Black and Asian Literature (1945–2010). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2016.

Sethi, Anita. ‘Interview. Bernadine Evaristo: “I want to Put Presence into Absence”’. The Guardian. 27 April 2019.

Pitts, Johny. Afropean: Notes from Black Europe. London: Allen Lane, 2019.

Week 8: Sally Rooney. Normal People. 2019. [Ireland]

Baucina, Anastasia. “How Sally Rooney Gave Normal People Radical Politics’. Jacobin 5 June 2020.

Collins, Laureen. ‘Sally Rooney Gets in Your Head’. The New Yorker. 31 December 2018.

Delistarty, Cody. ‘Sally Rooney’s Politics of Millennial Resignation’. Vulture 11 April 2019.

Leszkiewicz, Anna. ‘Generation Normal’. New Statesman 14-20 September 2018. 40-43.

Nolan, Michael. Interview with Sally Rooney. ‘Sally Rooney: “A large part of my style has definitely developed through writing emails”’. The Irish Times 13 November 2017.

Quinn, Annalisa. ‘The Small Rebellions of Sally Rooney’s Normal People’. Normal People. The Atlantic 21 April 2019.

Week 9: Kazuo Ishiguro. Klara and the Sun. 2020. [UK]

Bedgood, Daniel. 'Kazuo Ishiguro: Alternate Histories'. The Contemporary British Novel Since 2000. Ed. James Acheson. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 2022. 109-118.

Hanson, Clare. ‘Clone Lives: Eva Hoffman and Kazuo Ishiguro’. Genetics and the Literary Imagination. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020. 118-146.

Ishiguro, Kazuo. My Twentieth Century Evening – and Other Small Breakthroughs. Nobel Lecture. Svenska Akademien, 2017.

Ishiguro, Kazuo with Lisa Allardice. ‘interview’ The Guardian. 20-2.2021.

Matthews, Sean and Sebastian Groes, Eds. Kazuo Ishiguro: Contemporary Critical Perspectives. London: Bloomsbury, 2010.

Owen, Jean and Naomi Segal. Eds. On Replacement. Cultural, Social and Psychological Representations. London: Palgrave, 2018.

Rid, Thomas. Rise of the Machines: A Cybernetic History. New York & London: W. W. Norton, 2016.

Sim, Wai-chew. Globalisation and Dislocation in the Novels of Kazuo Ishiguro. PhD Dissertation. University of Warwick, 2002.

Wood, James. ‘Kazuo Ishiguro Uses Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Limits of Our Own’. The New Yorker, March 8, 2021.

Week 10: Oyinkan Braithwaite. My Sister, the Serial Killer. 2019. [Nigeria]

Barenbaum, Rachel. ‘Interview with Oyinkan Braithwaite, Author of My Sister, the Serial Killer. Dead Darlings. Everything Novel. 21 March 2019.

Griswold, Wendy. Bearing Witness: Readers, Writers, and the Novel in Nigeria. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2020.

Irele, F. Abiola, ed. The Cambridge Companion to the African Novel. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009.

Nash, Jennifer C. Black Feminism Reimagined After Intersectionality. Durham and London: Duke University Press, 2019.

O’Grady, Carrie. ‘My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite – a morbidly funny slashfest’. The Guardian. 4 January 2019.

Rocco. Fiametta. ‘In This Novel, One Sister Is a Nurse. The Other Is a Murderer’. New York Times. 9 January 2019.


Günter Grass. Crabwalk. 2002. [Germany]

Baker, Gary L. ‘The Middle Voice in Günter Grass's Im Krebsgang’. The German Quarterly 83.2 (2010): 230-244.

Bullivant, Keith. ‘Germans as Victims?! Günter Grass' ‘Crabwise (Im Krebsgang)’. SAMLA Presidential Address 16 November 2002.” South Atlantic Review, vol. 68, no. 2, 2003. 91- 96. JSTOR,

Fuchs, Anne. ‘Family Narratives and Postmemory: Günter Grass’s Im Krebsgang, Tanja Dückers’s Himmelskörper and Marcel Beyer’s Spione. In: Phantoms of War in Contemporary German Literature, Films and Discourse. New Perspectives in German Studies. London: Palgrave Macmillan, 2008. 45-76.

Hall, Katharina. ‘Günter Grass’s “Danzig Quintet”’. In S. Taberner (ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Günter Grass. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2009. 67-80. doi:10.1017/CCOL9780521876704.006.

Radstone, Susannah, and Bill Schwartz (eds). Memory: Histories, Theories, Debates. New York: Fordham University Press, 2010.

Taberner, Stuart. ‘“Normalization” and the New Consensus on the Nazi Past: Günter Grass’s Im Krebsgang and the Problem of German War- time Suffering’. Oxford German Studies 31 (2002): 161–86.

Veel, Kristin. ‘Virtual Memory in Günter Grass's Im Krebsgang’. German Life and Letters 57.2 (2004): 206-218.

Youngman, Paul A. ‘The Realization of a Virtual Past in Günter Grass's Crabwalk’. Studies in 20th & 21st Century Literature 32.1 (2008): 1-23.

Chico Buarque de Holanda. My German Brother. 2014. [Brazil]

Anderson, Perry. Brazil apart: 1964-2019. London and New York: Verso, 2019.

Coutinho, Eduardo F., ed. Brazilian Literature as World Literature. London: Bloomsbury, 2018.

Fitz, Earl E. Brazilian Narrative Traditions in a Comparative Context. New York: The Modern Language Association, 2005.

Gurria Quintana, Angel. “Lunch with the FT: Chico Buarque’ Financial Times 3 September 2004.

Hill, Matt Rowland. ‘Kafka on Copacabana’. Review of My German Brother. Literary Review 464 May 2018.

Schøllhammer, Karl Erik. Affect and Realism in Contemporary Brazilian fiction. London and New York: Anthem Press, 2020.