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Beck’s Poem on the TV Series: You

Your Story Is Your Power—Elle Luna

On Becoming Educated—Joy Castro

“There’s No Place to Go But Up”—bell hooks and Maya Angelou in conversation—Melvin Mcleod

The Power of Andrea Dworkin’s Rage—Johanna Fateman

Arundhati Roy: ‘The point of the writer is to be unpopular’—Tim Lewis

The Crossroads of Should and Must—Elle Luna

Literature provides shelter. That’s why we need it—Arundhati Roy

Death of a Revolutionary—Susan Faludi

Finally Seeing Andrea—Jeremy Lybarger

How to Write About Africa—Binyavanga Wainaina

From Raising Consciousness to Raising Hell—Susan Chira

Judith Butler Wants Us to Reshape Our Rage—Masha Gessen

I’m a Black Feminist. I Think Call-Out Culture Is Toxic—Loretta Ross

iconic/core feminist books

Theory as Liberatory Practice—bell hooks

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity—Judith Butler

Feminism Is For Everybody—bell hooks

The Second Sex—Simone de Beauvoir

Feminist Theory: from Margin to Center—bell hooks

‘third world’ and transnational feminisms

This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color—Cherríe Moraga & Gloria Anzaldúa

Forging the Ideal Educated Girl—Shenila Moolji

Borderlands La Frontera: The New Mestiza—Gloria Anzaldua

The Gloria Anzaldua Reader (Latin America Otherwise)—Gloria Anzaldua

Scapegoat: The Jews, Israel, and Women’s Liberation—Andrea Dworkin

Feminism without Borders: Decolonizing Theory, Practicing Solidarity—Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism—Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Ann Russo, Lourdes Torres

Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures (Thinking Gender)—M. Jacqui Alexander, Chandra Talpade Mohanty

Separate roads to feminism : Black, Chicana, and White feminist movements in America’s second wave—Benita Roth

The Oxford Handbook of Transnational Feminist Movements—Rawwida Baksh, Wendy Harcourt

Who Sings the Nation-State? Language, Politics, Belonging—Judith Butler, Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

Feminism and War—Chandra Talpade Mohanty, Minnie Bruce Pratt, Robin L. Riley

Under Western Eyes: Feminist Scholarship and Colonial Discourses—Chandra Mohanty

feminist guides/manifestos

The Routledge Companion to Feminism and Postfeminism (Routledge Companions)—Sarah Gamble

Feminism for the 99%—Cinzia Arruzza et al.

Feminism and Masculinities (Oxford Readings in Feminism)—Peter F. Murphy

black feminism/womanism

A Burst of Light: and other essays—Audre Lorde

Women & Race & Class—Angela Davis

I Am Your Sister: Collected and Unpublished Writings of Audre Lorde—Rudolph P. Byrd, Johnnetta Betsch Cole, Beverly Guy-Sheftall

How We Get Free: Black Feminism and the Combahee River Collective—Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor

Sister Outsider: Essays and Speeches—Audre Lorde

The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde—Audre Lorde

The Cancer Journals: Special Edition—Audre Lorde

Ain’t I A Woman—bell hooks

Talking Back: Thinking Feminist, Thinking Black—bell hooks

But Some of Us Are Brave: Black Women’s Studies—Gloria T. Hull (Editor)

Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment—Patricia Hill Collins

sexual politics/sexualities/pornography

Pornography: Men Possessing Women—Andrea Dworkin

Free Women, Free Men: Sex, Gender, Feminism—Camille Paglia

Sexual Politics—Kate Millett

Intercourse—Andrea Dworkin

Last Days at Hot Slit: The Radical Feminism of Andrea Dworkin—Andrea Dworkin, Johanna Fateman, Amy Scholder

Pornography & Civil Rights: A New Day for Women’s Equality—Andrea Dworkin, Catharine A. MacKinnon

Not A Moral Issue—Catharine A. MacKinnon

Our Blood: Prophecies and Discourses on Sexual Politics—Andrea Dworkin

Prostitution & Male Supremacy—Andrea Dworkin

The History of Sexuality, Volume 1: An Introduction—Michel Foucault

violence against women

Woman Hating—Andrea Dworkin

Life and death: unapologetic writings on the continuing war against women—Andrea Dworkin

Letters from a War Zone—Andrea Dworkin

prison abolition

Are Prisons Obsolete?—Angela Davis

Lectures on Liberation—Angela Davis

The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness—Michelle Alexander

biographies/personal stories

Zami: A New Spelling of My Name – A Biomythography—Audre Lorde

Belonging: a culture of place—bell hooks

Assata: An Autobiography—Assata Shakur

The autobiography of Malcolm X—Malcolm X, Alex Haley

Heartbreak: The Political Memoir of a Feminist Militant—Andrea Dworkin

present day coloniality

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa—Walter Rodney

Freedom Is a Constant Struggle: Ferguson, Palestine, and the Foundations of a Movement—Angela Davis

Globalization and the Decolonial Option—Walter D. Mignolo, Arturo Escobar

Encountering development: the making and unmaking of the Third World—Arturo Escobar

Designs for the Pluriverse: Radical Interdependence, Autonomy, and the Making of Worlds—Arturo Escobar

Territories of Difference: Place, Movements, Life, Redes—Arturo Escobar

Human Rights in the 21st Century: Taking a Walk on the Dark Side—Ratna Kapur


White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism—Robin DiAngelo

communism/political economy

The Communist Manifesto—Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

Collected Works of Karl Marx (Illustrated)—Karl Marx, Friedrich Engels

social and political thought

Orientalism—Edward Said

Black Skin, White Masks—Frantz Fanon

A Dying Colonialism—Frantz Fanon

Wretched of the Earth—Frantz Fanon

Discipline and Punish—Michael Foucault

The Souls of Black Folk—W. E. B. Du Bois

Culture and Imperialism—Edward W. Said

Gender as Seriality: Thinking about Women as a Social Collective—Iris Marion Young

Yearning: Race, Gender, and Cultural Politics—bell hooks

Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations—bell hooks

Where We Stand-Class Matters—bell hooks

Black Looks: Race and Representation—bell hooks

Uncut funk: a contemplative dialogue—Stuart Hall, bell hooks

Feminist Class Struggle—bell hooks

Algiers, Third World Capital – Freedom Fighters, Revolutionaries, Black Panthers—Elaine Mokhtefi

postcolonial studies

A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak

The Post-Colonial Critic: Interviews, Strategies, Dialogues—Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, Sarah Harasym (Editor)

critical/engaged pedagogy

Teaching Critical Thinking: Practical Wisdom—bell hooks

Teaching to transgress: education as the practice of freedom—bell hooks

Pedagogy of the Oppressed—Paulo Freire


We Real Cool: Black Men and Masculinity—bell hooks

All about Love: New Visions—bell hooks

The Will to Change: Men, Masculinity, and Love—bell hooks

Sisters of the yam: black women and self-recovery

Communion: The Female Search for Love—bell hooks

Voices and Visions—bell hooks

Remembered Rapture—bell hooks


The Thing Around Your Neck—Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Letter to My Daughter—Maya Angelou

The Sun and Her Flowers—Rupi Kaur

Sula—Toni Morrison

Beloved—Toni Morrison

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings— Maya Angelou

The Color Purple—Alice Walker

Giovanni’s Room—James Baldwin

Mercy—Andrea Dworkin

Ice & Fire—Andrea Dworkin