Key Texts: constellations, not canons

In order to give a better sense of what we mean by XContinental Philosophy, we’ve decided to post a curated list of texts we in the collective find foundational to our philosophical practice. This is an open-ended list that is always under construction and subject to revision. It’s not a canon. It is a collectively-generated and -maintained list, and each member of the collective has different levels of investment in and familiarity with each text. This list is more like a constellation of related texts, and, like any astronomical constellation, it exists in an ever-expanding universe. So, unlike a canon, whose function is to circumscribe and center, this list should function to expand and de-center the intellectual practices it makes possible.

Ahmed, Sara. The Promise of Happiness
Ahmed, Sara. On Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life
Ahmed, Sara. Queer Phenomenology
Ahmed, Sara, The Cultural Politics of Emotion
Alcoff, Linda Martin. Visible Identities.
Allen, Danielle. Talking to Strangers.
de Beauvoir, Simone. The Ethics of Ambiguity.
de Beauvoir, Simone. The Second Sex.
Bernasconi, Robert. Will the Real Kant please stand up?
Bernasconi, Robert. Kant as an unfamiliar source of racism
Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble
Butler, Judith. Precarious Life
Butler, Judith. Bodies that Matter
Carrillo Rowe, Aimee. Power Lines: On the Subject of Feminist Philosophy
Davis, Angela. Blues Legacies & Black Feminism.
Davis, Angela. Abolition Democracy
Le Doeuff, Michele. The Philosophical Imaginary
Le Doeuff, Michele. Hipparchia’s Choice: An essay concerning women, philosophy, etc.
Douglass, Frederick. Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass.
Du Bois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk.
Eze, Emmanuel Chukwudi, “The Color of Reason: The Idea of Race in Kant’s Anthropology”
Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks.
Fanon, Frantz. The Wretched of the Earth.
Halberstam, J. Jack. In A Queer Time and Place.
Halberstam, J. Jack. The Queer Art of Failure.
Hill-Collins, Patricia. Black Feminist Thought.
hooks, bell. Feminism is for everyone.
hooks, bell. Feminist Theory: From Margin to Center
Irigaray, Luce. Speculum of the Other Woman.
Kristeva, Julia. Revolution in Poetic Language.
Lorde, Audre. Sister Outsider
Lugones, Maria. Pilgrimages/Peregrinajes, esp. “World-Travelling & Loving Perception”
Brian Massumi. Parables for the Virtual
McWhorter, LaDelle. Racism and Sexual Oppression in Anglo-America: A Genealogy
McWhorter, LaDelle. Bodies and Pleasures.
Mills, Charles. “Ideal Theory as Ideology”
Mills, Charles. “The Racial Contract”
Mills, Charles and Carole Pateman, Contract and Domination
Pateman, Carole. The Sexual Contract
Puar, Jasbir. Terrorist Assemblages.
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. The Epistemology of the Closet.
Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Tendencies
Sheth, Falguni. Toward A Political Philosophy of Race.
Spivak, Gayatri. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason.
Young, Iris Marion. Justice & The Politics of Difference.
Young, Iris Marion. Throwing Like A Girl.

One thought on “Key Texts: constellations, not canons

  1. aufheben

    Love the list(s). And i have a compulsion to add more texts too it, but I pause because I want to know how far the constellation metaphor can go… (i know, I should be thinking more adorno and less astronomy, but…). That is to say, like constellations in the sky, what does it mean to “name” them as representations? And once they are named as such, do they become more like canons? E.g. Once one identifies Cassiopeia or the big dipper, one cannot add or subtract stars… Right?

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