When I was working on my Master’s degree, I took a world literature class in which we read books by Anita Desai (Indian), Khaled Hosseini (Afghan-born American), and Edna O’Brien (Irish). I’ve also engaged with more popular and award-winning authors, like Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Nigerian) and Jhumpa Lahiri (American of Indian origin). Nevertheless, I really haven’t read much by authors from outside of American and British traditions. I need to change this!
Over the last two years, I’ve done research in India. I visited Chennai, Pune, Agra, and Delhi (and spoke to people from Hyderabad) in July 2016. I went back to share findings with my Indian colleagues in December 2017 in Bangalore. I’ve been fascinated by the people, the traditions, the culture, and the country. I want to read more literature by Indian authors like Anita Desai.
In a few months, I will visit South Africa to do archival research on women’s organizations. I’m excited to visit and learn more. In the meantime, I’ve been reading a lot of scholarly articles and contextualizing books to introduce me to the country. As part of that, I want to read some of the literature from that part of the world as well.
Here are the intriguing books I’ve found to read so far.
Are there other authors I should familiarize myself with? Who am I missing?