This is the updated list of texts used in the ATLAS program. This literary compilation was curated and selected by Associate Dean Karin Beck, Dr. LaRose Parris, Associate Professor Mila Burns, and Dr. Julie Maybee.

Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. Fawcett, 1959.Nigeria/AfricaNigerian/IgboMaleNovel1959PEnglish
Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi. We Should All Be Feminists. Anchor Books (2015)
Hansberry, Lorraine, To Be Young, Gifted and Black: Lorraine Hansberry in her Own Words, adapted by Robert Nemiroff, Vintage Books, 1969.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleMemoirs1969P/S
Davis, Angela. Women, Culture, and Politics. Vintage Books, 1989.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssay1981P/S
Davis, Angela. Women, Race and Class. Random House, 1981.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssay1981P/S
Alexie, Sherman. War Dances. Grove Atlantic, 2010.USANative AmericanMaleNovel2010PEnglish
Allende, Isabelle. The House of the Spirits. Translated by Magda Bogin, Atria, 1982.Chile/Latin AmericaLatinXFemaleNovel1982PSpanish
Alvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies. Workman Publishing, 1994.USA/Immigrant/LatinxLatinXFemaleNovel1994PEnglish
Angelou, Maya. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings. Random House, 1979.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleMemoir1979PEnglish
Anzaldúa, Gloria. Borderlands. Aunt Lute Books, 1999.USAChicanaFemaleEssays/Poems1987Combination of essays and poems. Has become a seminal work (changing not only the way we think about the areas around the border, but also introducing new forms of expression (made the marginal central), should be considered primaryPEnglish
Assis, Machado de, The Posthumous Memoirs of Brás Cubas. Penguin Classics, 2020.BrazilAfro BrazilianMaleNovel1881PPortuguese
Ba, Mariamâ. So Long a Letter. Translated by Modupé Bodé-Thomas, Heinemann, 1981. African Writers Series.Senegal/AfricaSenegaleseFemaleNovel1980PFrench
Baldwin, James. Notes of a Native Son. Beacon Press, 1955.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssays1955PEnglish
Baldwin, James. The Fire Next Time. The Dial Press, 1963.USAfrican AmericanMaleEssays1963PEnglish
Baraka, Amiri. The LeRoi Jones/Amiri Baraka Reader, edited by William J. Harris, Thunder’s Mouth Press, 1991.USAAfrican AmericanMalePoetry/Drama1991PEnglish
Bennett, Louise. Selected Poems. Sangster’s Book Store Limited, Kingston, Jamaica, 1982.Caribbean/Jamaica/BlackFemalePoetry1982PPatois/English
Brathwiate, Kamau. Mother Poem. 1977. Oxford UP, 1982.Barbados/ CaribbeanBlackMalePoetry1977PEnglish/Nation Language
Brooks, Gwendolyn. The Essential Gwendolyn Brooks, edited by Elizabeth Alexander, Library of America, 2005.USAAfrican AmericanFemalePoetry1930-2000PEnglish
deleteCaribbean/CubaWhiteMaleNovel1974PSpanishIt is not always noted as one of his major works.
Carpentier, Alejo. The Kingdom of this World. Translated by Harriet DeOnís, Alfred A. Knopf, 1957.Caribbean/CubaWhiteMaleNovel1949PSpanishHaitian Revolution
Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism. Translated by Joan Pinkham, Monthly Review Press, 1972MartiniqueBlackMaleEssay1950 (French) 1972 (English)This essay reflects on colonialism and 20th century European history from the point of view of the colonized and challenges traditional points of view.P?French/English/
Cesarie, Aimé. Notebook of a Return to the Native Land. 1947. Translated and edited by Annette Smith, Wesleyan UP, 2001.MartiniqueBlackMalePoem/Epic1939PMultilingual
USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssay1969Davis’s comparative analysis of Frederick Douglass’ and Jean-Paul Sartre’s writings is the first Marxist and existential critique toP?
Césaire, Suzanne. The Great Camouflage: Writings of Dissent (1941-1945), ed. Daniel Maximin, trans. Keith L.Walker. Wesleyan University Press, 2012MartiniqueBlackFemaleEssays/Articles1941-45P
Cliff, Michelle. Abeng. The Crossing Press, 1984.USA – JamaicaJamaican AmericanFemaleNovel/semi autobiographical1984PLGBTQ
USA – JamaicaJamaican AmericanFemaleEssays2008PLGBTQ
Coates, Ta-Nehisi. Between the World and Me. Spiegel & Grau, 2015.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay2015P
Conde, Maryse. I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem. Translated by Richard Philcox, Ballantine Books, 1992.Guadeloupe/FranceBlackFemaleNovel/Historical Fiction1986PFrench
Condé, Maryse. “Language and Power: Words as Miraculous Weapons.” CLA Journal 39,no. 1: 18–25 (1995).FranceAfro Carribean?FemaleSpeech1995PFrench
Guadeloupe/FranceBlackFemaleNovel/Historical Fiction1987PFrench
Cooper, Anna Julia. 1852. A Voice from the South. Negro Universitites Press, 1969.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssays1892P
Cooper, Anna Julia. The Answer. 1691. Translated by Electa Arenal and Amanda Powell, The Feminist Press, 2009.MexicoMexican (I think she is par Spanish, part indigenous)FemaleEssay1691a seminal letter to church officials who tried to silence her (a nun, scholar, scientist) on the need for women to be involved in science and scholarship. Written in 17th c colonial Mexico.PSpanish
Cooper, Helene. Madame President: The Extraordinary Journey of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Simon & Schuster (2018)USA/LiberiaFemaleBiography2018P/S
Cugoano, Ottobah Quobna. Thoughts and Sentiments on the Evil of Slavery and other Writings. 1787, edited by Vincent Carretta, Penguin Classics, 1999.GhanaFantiMaleEssay1787P
USA/Haitihaitian AmericanFemaleNovel1995P
Dantica, Edwige. The Farming of Bones. Soho Press, 1998.USA/Haitihaitian AmericanFemaleNovel1998P
USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssay1971Seminal work on prisons by a political activistP
do Nascimento, Abdias. Brazil, Mixture or Massacre?: Essays in the Genocide of a Black People, translated by Elisa Larkin Nascimento, The Majority Press, 1989.BrazilAfro BrazilianMaleEssays1979P/Snot sure
Douglass, Frederick. My Bondage and My Freedom. 1855. Washington Square Press, 2003.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay/Memoirs1855P
Douglass, Frederick.“The Claims of the Negro Ethnologically Considered.” 1854. The Life and Writings ofUSAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay1854P
Douglass, Frederick, “What to the Slave is the Fourth of July? 1852. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, vol. 1, edited by Henry Louis Gates and Valerie Smith, 3rd ed., W.W. Norton &Company, 2014, pp.402-13.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay/Speech1852P
DuBois, W.E.B. Black Reconstruction in America, 1860-1880. Atheneum, 1962.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay1935P
USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay/Autobiography1940P
DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk. 1903, edited by David Blight and Robert Gooding-Williams, Bedford Books, 1997.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay1903P
DuBois, W.E.B. The World and Africa. 1946. International, 1965.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay1946P
El Saadawi, Nawal. Woman at Point Zero, Zed Books (1975)EgyptEgyptianFemaleCreative non fiction1975PArabic
Ellison, Ralph. Invisible Man. Vintage Books, 1972.USAAfrican AmericanMaleNovel1952P
Ellison, Ralph. Shadow and Act. 1953. Vintage International, 1995.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssays1964P
Emecheta, Buchi. Kehinde. Heinemann, 1994. African Writers Series.Nigeria/AfricaNigerianFemaleNovel1994P
Emecheta, Buchi. The Joys of Motherhood. Heinemann, 1979. African Writers Series.Nigeria/AfricaNigerianFemaleNovel1979P
Equiano, Olaudah. The Interesting Life of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, or Gustavas Vassa, the African, Written by Himself. 1789. Modern Library, 2004.Nigeria/Africa/BritainNigerian/IgboMaleAutobiography1789P
Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks. Translated by Charles Lam Markmann, Grove Press, 1967.Algeria/AfricaBlackMaleEssay1952PFrench
Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth. Translated by Constance Farrington, Grove Press, 1963.Algeria/AfricaBlackMaleEssay1961PFrench
Farah, Nurrudin. Maps. Penguin, 2000.Somalia/AfricaSomaliMaleNovel1986P
Firmin, Antenor. The Equality of the Human Races. 1885. Translated by Asselin Charles, Illinois UP, 2002.HaitiHaitianMaleEssay1885PFrench
Freire, Paulo, Pedagogy of the Oppressed. 1970. Translated by Myra Bergman Ramos, Bloomsbury Academic, 2000.BrazilMaleEssay1968PPortuguese
Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie. “Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory.”NWSA Journal, vol. 13, no. 3, Autumn 2002, pp. 1–32. JSTOR, Accessed 13 August 2021.U.S.WhiteFemaleEssays2002This is a now classic exploration of the tensions between standard feminist theory and feminist disability theory and of how feminist theory should be reformed to take more account of disabled women. It is a work of philosophy by a disabled philosopher.P
Garvey, Marcus. Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey. 1923. Atheneum, 1986.JamaicaAfro JamaicanMaleEssay1923“The Philosophy and Opinions of Marcus Garvey (originally published in 1923). It is a collection of his speeches and essays compiled by his widow, Amy Jacques Garvey, setting out a vision to unite Africa and Africans. ” (from Barnes and Noble book description)PAs this is a collection of speeches, it should be a primary source. But I am not sure
Gbowee, Leymah. Mighty Be Our Power: How Sisterhood, Prayer, and Sex Changed a Country at War. Best Books (2011)LiberiaLiberianFemaleAutobiography2011P
Gbowee, Leymah. Violet Bulawayo. We Need New Names. Little Brown and Company (2013)LiberiaLiberianFemaleNovel2013P
Guaman Poma de Ayala, Felipe, The First New Chronicle and Good Government. 1615. Translated by David Frye, Hackett Classics, 2006.PeruQuechuaMaleLetter1615One of the only conquest-era chronicles written by an indigenous person. Guaman Poma’s 1300+ page letter to King Felipe written in the 17th c criticizes Spanish conquest and rule of the Inca, inserting Inca history into European Catholic historical timeline, dating to Genesis, and thus making a powerful claim to the legitimacy, rights, humanity and dignity of indigenous people in the AmericasP?
Guillén, Nicolás. Man-Making Words: Selected Poems of Nicolás Guillén. Translated by Roberto Marqéz and David McMurray, Massachusetts UP, 1972.CubaAfro CubanMalePoems1972PSpanish
Hansberry, Lorraine. A Raisin in the Sun, The Sign in Sidney Brustein’s Window. Signet, 1966.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleDrama1959P
Head, Bessie. A Question of Power. Heinemann, 1974. African Writers Series.BotswanaBlackFemaleNovel1974P
Hosseini, Khaled. The Kite Runner. Riverhead Books, 2013.USAAfghan AmericanMaleNovel/Historical Fiction2003P
Hughes, Langston. The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes, edited by Arnold Rampersad, Vintage Books, 1994.USAAfrican AmericanMalePoetry1926-64P
Hughes, Langston. I Wonder as I Wander: An Autobiographical Journey. 1956, Hill and Wang, 1993.USAAfrican AmericanMaleAutobiography1956P
Hughes, Langston. Their Eyes Were Watching God. 1937. Illinois UP, 1978.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1937P
Jacobs, Harriet. Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl. 1861. Dover Thrift, 2001.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleAutobiography1861P
Jefferson, Thomas. Notes on the State of Virginia. 1785. Barnes & Noble, 2010.USAWhiteMaleEssay1785P
Jesus, Carolina Maria de, Child of the Dark: The Diary Of Carolina Maria De Jesus. Translated by David St. Clair, New American Library, 1962.BrazilAfro BrazilianFemaleDiary1960P
Keller, Helen. The Story of My Life. 1903. Dover Thrift, 1996.USAWhiteFemaleMemoirs1903P
Kincaid, Jamaica. A Small Place. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1988.AntiguaAntiguan AmericanFemaleCreative non fiction1988P
King, Martin Luther. “Letter from a Birmingham Jail.” Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s, a Brief History with Documents, edited by David Howard-Pitney, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004, pp. 74-90.. David Howard-Pitney, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004, pp. 74-90..USAAfrican AmericanMaleLetter/Essay1963P
Kingston, Maxine Hong. The Woman Warrior. Alfred A. Knopf, 1976.USAChinese AmericanFemaleNovel1976P
Lahiri, Jhumpa. The Namesake. Mariner Books, 2019.USAIndian AmericanFemaleNovel2019P
Laye, Camara. The African Child, B191 Plon (1953)GuineaGuineanMaleNovel1953PFrench
Leon Portilla, Miguel. Broken Spears: The Aztec Account of the Conquest of Mexico. Beacon Press, 1994.MexicoNahuatlbothTestimony16th centuryLeon Portilla compiled conquest-era texts written in Nahuatl (many from the Florentine Codex) to tell the story of the arrival of Cortés in Aztec territory. The perspective “of the vanquished”, too often silenced and absent in European accounts provides vivid testimony of the horror and violence of the Spanish domination of Central Mexico in the 16th c. Although Leon Portilla is the editor, the text is a compilation of texts by indigenous authors in the 16th c.P
Lispector, Clarice. The Hour of the Star. New Directions, 2011.BrazilUkrainian BrazilianFemaleNovel1977P
Lispector, Clarice. Sister Outsider. Ten Speed Press, 1984.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssays/Speeches1984P
USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssays1988P?
Maathai, Wangari. Replenishing the Earth: Spiritual Values for Healing Ourselves and the World. Random House (2010)KenyaKenyanFemaleessay? Article?2010P
Maathai, Wangari. Unbowed: A Memoir. Random House (2007)KenyaKenyanFemaleMemoirs2007P
Machado, Carmen Maria, Her Body and Other Parties. Graywolf Press, 2017.USALatinXFemaleShort Stories2017P
Marshall, Paule. Brown Girl, Brownstones. 1959. The Feminist Press, 1981.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1959P
Márquez, Gabriel García. One Hundred Years of Solitude. 1970. Translated by Gregory Rabassa, Harper Perennial 2003.ColombiaLatinXMaleNovel1967PSpanish
Martí, José, Selected Writings. Penguin Classics, 2002.CubaLatinXMalePoetry/Essays1870-95P
BrazilLatinXFemaleSpeech2018LGBTQ, feminism, politicsP
McKnight, Kathryn Joy, and Leo J. Garofalo, eds. Afro-Latino Voices: Narratives from the Early Modern Ibero-Atlantic World, 1550-1812. Hackett Publishing, 2009.Latin AmericaAfro-Latinoallcourt documents and letters2009This collection of first person narratives, court testimony, wills, testaments, and letters from and about Afro-Latinos in colonial Latin America is one of the few collections of primary texts that reveal the lived experience and agency of Afro-Latinos during the colonial era.P
Mistral, Gabriela. Madwomen: The “Locas mujeres” Poems of Gabriela Mistral, a Bilingual Edition. Chicago UP, 2009.ChileChileanFemalePoetry1914-1957P
Morrison, Toni. Beloved. Alfred A. Knopf, 1987.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1987P
USAAfrican AmericanFemaleSpeech1993P
USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1993P
USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1977P
Morrison, Toni.The Origin of Others, Harvard UP, 2017.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel2017P
Morrison, Toni. The Bluest Eye. 1970. Vintage, 2007.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1970P
Nardal, Jane. Black Internationalism (1929), trans. in Sharpley-Whiting, T. Denean. Négritude Women. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002.MartiniqueBlack?FemaleEssay1929P
Naylor, Gloria. The Women of Brewster Place. Penguin Books, 1982.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleNovel1982P
Niane, D.T. Sundiata an Epic of Old Mali. Longman Group, 1965. Longman African Writers.Mali/AfricaMalianbothEpic1217-1255PFrench
Orwell, George. Animal Farm. 1945. Plume, 1983.Great BritainWhiteMaleNovel1945P
Oyono, Ferdinand. House Boy, Rene Julliard (1956)CameroonCameroonMaleNovel1956PFrench
Pessoa, Fernando, The Book of Disquiet. Penguin Classics, 2002.PortugualPortugueseMaleNovel1982PPortuguese
Russell, Marta. Beyond Ramps: Disability at the End of the Social Contract. Common Courage Press, 2002.USAFemaleessay? Article?1998P/S
Menchu, Rigoberta. I, Rigoberta Menchu: An Indian Woman in Guatemala, edited by Elisabeth Burgos-Debry, translated by Ann Wright, Verso, 1983.GuatemalaK’iche’FemaleAutobiography1983PSpanish/K’iche’
Menchu, Rogoberta. The Confessions of Jean-Jacques Rousseau. 1781. Penguin Books, 1953.FranceFrenchMaleEssay1770P
Sanchez, Sonia. Collected Poems. Beacon Press, 2021.USAAfrican AmericanFemalePoems1960s-presentP
Santos, Milton, The Nature of Space. Duke UP, 2021.BrazilAfro BrazilianMaleEssay1956P?
Shakur, Assata. Assata: An Autobiography. Zed Books, 1987.Cuba/USAAfrican AmericanFemaleAutobiography1988P
Shelley, Mary. Frankenstein, or Modern Prometheus. 1818. Penguin Books, 1992.Great BritainWhiteFemaleNovel1818P
Soyinke, Wole. A Shuttle in the Crypt. Methuen Publishing, 1972.NigeriaYorubaMalePoetry1971P
Thoreau, Henry David. Walden and Civil Disobedience. 1849, 1854, edited by Owen Thomas,W.W. Norton & Company, 1966.USAWhiteMaleEssay1849P
Truth, Sojourner, “Ain’t I a Woman?” 1851. The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, vol. 1, edited by Henry Louis Gates and Valerie Smith, 3rd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2014, pp. 176-178.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssay1851P
Truth, Sojourner. Narrative of Sojourner Truth; A Bondswoman of Olden Time, With a History of Her Labors and Correspondence. 1850. Edited by Nell Irvin Painter, Penguin Classics, 1998.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleAutobiography1850P
Turner, Nat. The Confessions of Nat Turner. 1831. Edited by Kenneth S. Greenberg, Bedford/St.Martin’s 1996.USAAfrican AmericanMaleAutobiography1831P
United Nations. Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination Against Women/CEDAW (1979)GlobalDocument1979P
United Nations. Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948)GlobalDocument1948P
Vasconcelos, José, The Cosmic Race. 1925. Translated by Didier Jaen. Johns Hopkins UP, 1997.MexicoLatinXMaleEssay1925P
Vasquez, Romero, Norma, of Las Patronas, speech at Premio Nacional de Derechos Humanos.USALatinXMaleSpeech2000?This speech, delivered by the founder of an organization that feeds Central American migrants who ride atop a freight train through Mexico is a poignant testimony about human rights and mobilityP
Walcott, Derek. Collected Poems 1948-1984. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1986.Saint LuciaAfro CarribeanMalePoetry1948-84P
Walcott, Derek. Omeros. Farrar, Strauss and Giroux, 1990.Saint LuciaAfro CarribeanMaleEpic1990P
Walker, Alice. “In Search of Our Mothers’ Gardens.” The Norton Anthology of African American Literature, vol. 2, edited by Henry Louis Gates and Valerie Smith, 3rd ed., W.W. Norton & Company, 2014, pp. 1180-88..USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssays1983P
Walker, Alice. The Color Purple. Washington Square Press, 1982.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleEssays1982P
Walker, David. Walker’s Appeal In Four Articles; Together with a Preamble, to the Coloured Citizens of the World, but in particular, and very expressly, to those of the United States of America. 1829. Hill and Wang, 1965.USAAfrican AmericanMaleEssay1829P
Williams, Eric, Capitalism and Slavery. 1944. Capricorn Books, 1966.Trinidad and TobagoMixed?MaleEssay1944P/S
Wills, Vanessa. “Bad Guys and Dirty Hands: Ethical policing” in the Face of Racial Injustice.” The Critique, 18 July 2016, Accessed 16 August 2021.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleessay? Article?2016P/SI remember Yodell saying that he thinks this text is transformative because it challenges our basic assumptions about policing. But is it a primary text? Help, please!
USAAfrican AmericanMaleAutobiography1945P
Wright, Richard. Native Son. Harper & Row, 1966.USAAfrican AmericanMaleNovel1940P
Wright, Richard. The Outsider. 1953. Perennial Library, 1989.USAAfrican AmericanMaleNovel1953P
X, Malcolm and Alex Haley. The Autobiography of Malcolm X. 1965. Ballantine Books, 1992.USAAfrican AmericanMaleAutobiography1965P
X, Malcom, King, Martin Luther Jr. “Press Conference on Return from Africa.” Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and the Civil Rights Struggle of the 1950s and 1960s, a Brief History with Documents, edited by David Howard-Pitney, Bedford/St. Martin’s, 2004, pp. 157-160.USAAfrican AmericanMalePress Conference1964P
USAAfrican AmericanMaleSpeech1967P
~, All About Love: New Visions. William Morrow, 2018.USAAfrican AmericanFemaleScholary/Essay2000P?
Alcoff, Linda Martín. “The Problem of Speaking for Others,” Cultural Critique, vol. 20, pp. 5-32. JSTOR, 25 April 2021.CanadaWhiteFemaleessay? Article?1991While this is a scholarly essay, it has been re-published 3 times in different publications. An essay on intersectionality, feminism, anti-racism. Thought provoking.P/SEnglishBorderline?
USAAfrican AmericanMaleCollection of documents and history1960s-presentP/S
Butler, Judith. Frames of War: When is Life Grievable. New York, Verso, 2009
xChavez, Cesar E. ‘The Mexican-American and the Church’ (1968), 118-121 [in Antonio M. Stevens-Arroyo, ed., Prophets Denied Honor: An Anthology of the Hispanic Church in the United States (Orbis Books, 1980)].
Curry, Tommy. The Man-Not: Race, Class, Genre, and the Dilemmas of Black Manhood. Philadelphia, Temple University Press, 2017.
Dante Alighieri and John Ciardi. Inferno. Signet: NY. 2001.
Ecclesiastes. New Revised Standard Version. 1989.
González, Rodolfo ‘Corky, ‘I am Joaquín’ (1967), 1-7 [in Francisco H. Vázquez, ed., Latino/a Thought: Culture, Politics and Society (Rowman & Littlefield, 2009)].
Gordon, Lewis. An Introduction to Africana Philosophy. Cambridge UP, 2008.
Gordon, Lewis. Bad Faith and Antiblack Racism. Humanity Books, 1999.
xFederici, Silvia , Caliban and the Witch
Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

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