Rock the Exam

This page will house book summaries and notes about works in the areas of Multi-ethnic Literature, Girlhood Studies, Transnational Feminism, Cultural Studies, etc. as I work toward my exams (Jan 2014) and dissertation. My comprehensive exam lists focus on Long 20th Century Multi-ethnic American Literature (1890-2010) with a devised field in Transnational Feminism, in which I focus especially on portrayals of girlhood.

Some works will fit into more than one category, but for simplicity’s sake, I’m just going to put things in the most obvious place. (Please note: this is not my list. Eventually it will include the critical works on my list, but also there’s some books that are tangentially relevant.)

More notes filed under: Comps Notes


No Future: Queer Theory and the Death Drive

New Femininities: Postfeminism, Neoliberalism, and Subjectivity

The Disappearance of Childhood

Young Femininity

Transnational Feminisms

Transnational America

Feminism Without Borders

Inclusive Feminism

Third World Women and the Politics of Feminism

Women, Gender, and Human Rights: A Global Perspective

Feminist Genealogies, Colonial Legacies, Democratic Futures

Chicana Feminisms: A Critical Reader

“Feminist Killjoys.” The Promise of Happiness

The Female Complaint

“Contesting Cultures: ‘Westernization,’ Respect for Cultures, and Third-World Feminists.” Dislocating Cultures: Identities, Traditions, and Third-World Feminism

“The Postfeminist Context: Popular Redefinitions of Feminism, 1980-Present.” Watching Rape: Film and Television in Postfeminist Culture

Terrorist Assemblages: Homonationalism in Queer Times.

Impossible Desires: Queer Diasporas and South Asian Public Cultures

Spectacular Rhetorics: Human Rights Visions, Recognitions, Feminisms.

Strange Affinities: The Gender and Sexual Politics of Comparative Racialization

Multi-ethnic Studies (Inc. Latin@, Asian-American, Native American, African American, and interactions therein)

Interracial Encounters: Reciprocal Representations in African American and Asian American Literatures, 1896-1937

Constituting Americans: Cultural Anxiety and Narrative Form

American Narratives: Multiethnic Writing in the Age of Realism.

Urban Triage: Race and the Fictions of Multiculturalism.

Members of the Tribe: Native America in the Jewish Imagination

America’s Asia: Racial Form and American Literature, 1893-1945

The Third Space of Sovereignty: The Post-colonial Politics of U.S.-Indigenous Relations

Cultural Studies

The Modern Girl Around the World

Pink Globalization: Hello Kitty’s Trek Across the Pacific


Imagined Communities

“DissemiNation: Time, Narrative, and the Margins of the Modern Nation”

“Immigration, Citizenship, Racialization: Asian American Critique” from Immigrant Acts

“Cultural Citizenship, Inequality, and Multiculturalism.”

“Illegal status and Social Citizenship: Thoughts on Mexican Immigrants in a Postnational World.”

Cheap Amusements

Harvest of Empire: A History of Latinos in America

Feminism on the Border: Chicana Gender Politics and Literature

Boarding School Seasons: American Indian Families 1900-1940

4 thoughts on “Rock the Exam

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  3. Hi Kasey,
    I found your site while searching for more info about Rosaldo’s “Cultural Citizenship” piece. Your write up was great, and thanks for sharing your notes on so many texts! I’m creating my exams list now (sociocultural anthropology) and this was a great help. Good luck on your exams!

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