Cultural Studies

Ph.D. Cultural Theory Reading List

Reading Lists

A reading list for all parts enumerated below will be compiled by the student with the help of the examination committee. The definitive version of the reading list, with a cover page bearing signatures of the committee members and indicating who will direct the examination and chair the dissertation, must be submitted to the graduate director no later than one month prior to the scheduled date of examination. Please note: Students should also submit a description of the special area, related to the dissertation, along with the reading list.


Adorno, Theodor W. The Culture Industry: Selected Essays on Mass Culture.

--------. Prisms.

Adorno, Theodor W. and Max Horkheimer. Dialectic of Enlightenment.

Althusser, Louis. Lenin and Philosophy and Other Essays.

Anderson, Benedict. Imagined Communities.

Arendt, Hannah. Between Past and Future.

Arnold, Mathew. Culture and Anarchy.

Appadurai, Arjun. Modernity at Large: Cultural Dimensions of Globalization.

--------. The Social Life of Things: Commodities in Cultural Perspective.

Bachelard, Gaston. The Poetics of Space.

Bakhtin, Mikhail. Rabelais and His World.

Balibar, Etienne. The Philosophy of Marx.

--------. Race, Nation, and Class.

Barthes, Roland. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography.

--------. Elements of Semiology.

--------. The Grain of the Voice.

--------. Image-Music-Text.

--------. Mythologies.

--------. The Pleasure of the Text.

Bataille, George. Eroticism.

Baudrillard, Jean. For A Critique of the Political Economy of the Sign.

--------. The Mirror of Production.

--------. Simulacra and Simulation.

Benjamin, Walter. Reflections.

Benjamin, Walter. Illuminations.

--------. One-Way Street and Other Writings.

Bennett, Tony. Popular Culture and Social Relations.

Berlant, Lauren. The Female Complaint: The Unfinished Business of Sentimentality in American Culture.

--------. The Queen of America Goes to Washington City: Essays on Sex and Citizenship.

Bhabha, Homi. Nation and Narration.

--------. The Location of Culture.

Bourdieu, Pierre. Distinction: A Social Critique of the Judgment of Taste.

--------. Outline of a Theory of Practice.

Boyd, Todd. Am I Black Enough For You? Popular Culture From The ‘Hood and Beyond.

Brantlinger, Patrick. Bread and Circuses: Theories of Mass Culture as Social Decay.

Buck-Morss, Susan. The Dialectics of Seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project.

Butler, Judith. Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of Sex.

--------. Excitable Speech.

--------. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity.

Carey, James. “Reflections on the Project of (American) Cultural Studies.” In Cultural Studies in Question.

Caruth, Cathy. Trauma: Explorations in Memory.

Certeau, Michel de. The Practices of Everyday Life.

Césaire, Aimé. Discourse on Colonialism.

Chakrabarty, Dipesh. Habitations of Modernity: Essays in the Works of Subaltern Studies.

--------. Provincializing Europe.

Chatterjee, Partha. Nation and Its Fragments.

Chen, Kuan-Hsing and David Morley. Stuart Hall: Critical Dialogues in Cultural Studies.

Chow, Rey. Writing Diaspora: Tactics of Intervention in Contemporary Cultural Studies.

Clifford, James. The Predicament of Culture: Twentieth-Century Ethnography, Literature, and Art.

--------. Writing Culture: The Poetics and Politics of Ethnography.

Crary, Jonathan. Techniques of the Observer: On Vision and Modernity in the 19th Century.

Creekmur, Corey K. and Alexander Doty. Out in Culture: Gay, Lesbian, and Queer Essays on Popular Culture Davis, Mike. Magical Urbanism: Latinos Reinvent the US Big City.

Davis, Angela Y. Women, Race, and Class.

Davis, Lennard J. Enforcing Normalcy: Disability, Deafness, and the Body.

Davis, Mike. City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles.

Debord, Guy. Society of the Spectacle.

Deleuze, Gilles and Félix Guattari. Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia.

Denning, Michael. The Cultural Front.

---------. Culture in the Age of Three Worlds.

Dent, Gina. Black Popular Culture.

Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology.

--------. Writing and Difference.

--------. Spectres of Marx.

Douglas, Mary. Purity and Danger.

DuBois, W.E.B. The Souls of Black Folk.

Eagleton, Terry. The Idea of Culture.

--------. Ideology.

Easthope, Anthony. Literary into Cultural Studies.

Eliot, T.S. Notes Towards the Definition of Culture.

Fabian, Johannes. Time and the Other.

Fanon, Frantz. Black Skin, White Masks.

--------. The Wretched of the Earth.

Flores, Juan. From Bomba to Hip-Hop: Puerto Rican Culture and Latino Identity.

Foner, Eric. Reconstruction: America’s Unfinished Revolution, 1863-1877.

Foucault, Michel. The Archaeology of Knowledge & The Discourse on Language.

--------. The Birth of Biopolitics: Lectures at the College de France, 1978-1979.

--------. The Birth of the Clinic.

--------. Disciple and Punish: The Birth of the Prison.

--------. The Hermeneutics of the Subject: Lectures at the College de France 1981—1982.

--------. The History of Sexuality, Vol. 1: An Introduction.

--------. Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason.

--------. Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972-1977.

--------. Security, Territory, Population: Lectures at the College De France.

--------. "Society Must Be Defended": Lectures at the College de France, 1975-1976.

Freud, Sigmund. Beyond the Pleasure Principle.

--------. Dora: An Analysis of a Case of Hysteria.

--------. Civilization and Its Discontents.

--------. Three Essays on the Theory of Sexuality.

--------. The Uncanny.

--------. The Psychopathology of Everyday Life.

Garnham, Nicholas. “Political Economy and the Practice of Cultural Studies.” In Cultural Studies in Question.

Geertz, Clifford. The Interpretation of Culture. Clifford Geertz.

Gilroy, Paul. The Black Atlantic.

--------. There Ain’t No Black in the Union Jack.

Giroux, Henry. Disturbing Pleasures.

--------. Impure Acts: The Practical Politics of Cultural Studies.

Goffman, Erving. The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life.

Gramsci, Antonio. Selections from the Prison Notebooks.

Gates Jr., Henry Louis. The Signifying Monkey: A Theory of African-American Literary Criticism.

Grossberg, Lawrence. Cultural Studies.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Volatile Bodies: Towards a Corporeal Feminism.

Habermas, Jürgen. The Structural Transformation of the Public Sphere: An Inquiry into a Category of Bourgeois Society.

Halberstam, Judith. Female Masculinity.

Hall, Stuart and Tony Jefferson. Resistance Through Rituals: Youth Subcultures in Post-War Britain.

Hardt, Michael and Antonio Negri. Empire.

Harper, Philip Brian. Are We Not Men? Masculine Anxiety and the Problem of African-American Identity.

Harvey, David. The Condition of Postmodernity: An Enquiry into the Origins of Cultural Change.

--------. Spaces of Global Capitalism: A Theory of Uneven Geographical Development.

Hebdige, Dick. Subculture: The Meaning of Style.

Hegel, G.W.F. The Philososphy of History.

Hobsbawm, Eric. The Invention of Tradition.

Hoggart, Richard. The Uses of Literacy.

hooks, bell. Ain't I a Woman: Black Women and Feminism.

--------. Black Looks: Race and Representation.

--------. Outlaw Culture: Resisting Representations.

Huyssen, Andreas. After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism.

James, C.L.R. The Black Jacobins Toussaint L’Ouverture and the San Domingo Revolution.

Jameson, Fredric. The Political Unconscious.

--------. Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism.

--------. Signatures of the Visible.

Jameson and Masao Miyoshi. The Cultures of Globalization.

Jenkins, Henry. Textual Poachers.

Kaplan, Amy. The Anarchy of Empire in the Making of U.S. Culture.

Kaplan, Amy and Donald E. Pease. Cultures of United States Imperialism.

Kaplan, E. Ann. Looking for the Other: Feminism, Film and the Imperial Gaze.

Kelly, Robin D.G. Yo' Mama's Disfunktional !: Fighting the Culture Wars in Urban America.

--------. Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class.

Kipnis, Laura. Against Love.

--------. Ecstasy Unlimited: On Sex, Capital, Gender, and Aesthetics.

Kracauer, Siegfried. The Mass Ornament: Weimar Essays.

Kristeva, Julia. Powers of Horror.

Kuhn, Thomas S. The Structure of Scientific Revolutions.

Lacan, Jacques. Ecrits.

--------. The Four Fundamental Concepts of Psychoanalysis.

Laclau, Ernesto. Emancipation(s).

Laclau, Ernesto and Chantal Mouffe. Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics.

Latour, Bruno. We Have Never Been Modern.

Lauretis, Teresa de. Alice Doesn't: Feminism, Semiotics, Cinema.

Lefebvre, Henri. The Critique of Everyday Life Vol. 1.

Lévi-Strauss, Claude. The Savage Mind.

Lipsitz, George. Time Passages: Collective Memory and American Popular Culture.

--------. Possessive Investment in Whiteness.

Liu Lydia. Translingual Practice.

Lloyd, David and Lisa Lowe. The Politics of Culture in the Shadow Capital.

Lukács, György. History and Class Consciousness.

Lyotard, Jean-François. The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge.

Marcuse, Herbert. Eros and Civilization.

--------. One-Dimensional Man.

Marable, Manning. The Great Wells of Democrary: The Meaning of Race in American Life.

--------. Race Reform and Rebellion: The Second Reconstruction in Black America, 1945 – 1990.

Marx, Karl. Capital: A Critique of Political Economy Vol. 1.

--------. The German Ideology, including Theses on Feuerbach.

--------. Grundrisse: Foundations of the Critique of Political Economy.

Mauss, Marcel. The Gift: The Form and Reason for Exchange in Archaic Societies.

McGuigan, Jim. Cultural Populism.

McLuhan, Marshall. The Gutenberg Galaxy.

--------. The Medium is the Massage

--------. Understanding Media: The Extensions of Man.

McRobbie, Angela. Feminism and Youth Culture: From 'Jackie' to 'Just Seventeen'.

--------. Postmodernism and Popular Culture.

Mills, C. Wright. The Sociological Imagination.

Morris, Meaghan. Too Soon Too Late: History in Popular Culture.

Mouffe, Chantal. The Return of the Political.

Mulvey, Laura. Visual and Other Pleasures.

Munoz, Jose Esteban. Disidentifications: Queers of Color and the Performance of Politics.

Nietzsche, Friedrich. On the Genealogy of Morals.

--------. Untimely Mediations.

--------. The Will to Power.

Okihiro, Gary Y. Margins and Mainstreams: Asians in American History and Culture.

Omi, Michael and Howard Winant. Racial Formation in the United States: From the 1960s to the 1990s.

Radway, Janice. Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy and Popular Literature.

Roach, Joseph. Cities of the Dead: Circum-Atlantic Performance.

Robbins, Bruce, Pheng Cheah. Cosmopolitics: Thinking & Feeling Beyond the Nation.

Rose, Tricia. Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America. Tricia Rose.

Said, Edward. Culture and Imperialism.

--------. Orientalism.

Sakai, Naoki. Translation and Subjectivity.

Saussure, Ferdinand de. Course In General Linguistics.

Sedgwick, Eve Kosofsky. Epistemology of the Closet.

Silverman, Kaja. Acoustic Mirror: The Female Voice in Psychoanalysis and Cinema.

--------. Male Subjectivity at the Margins.

--------. The Subject of Semiotics.

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

Streeby, Shelley. American Sensations: Class, Empire, and the Production of Popular Culture.

Thompson, E.P. The Making of the English Working Class.

Thomson, Rosemarie Garland. Extraordinary Bodies: Figuring Physical Disability in American Culture and Literature.

Wallerstein, Immanuel M. The Essential Wallerstein.

--------. World-Systems Analysis: An Introduction.

Warner, Michael. Publics and Counterpublics.

White, Hayden. Metahistory: The Historical Imagination in Nineteenth-Century Europe.

Williams, Raymond. Culture & Society: 1780-1950.

--------. The Long Revolution.

--------. Marxism and Literature.

Willis, Paul. Learning to Labour.

--------. Profane Culture.

Žižek, Slavoj. Looking Awry: An Introduction to Jacques Lacan Through Popular Culture.

--------. The Sublime Object of Ideology.


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Spring 2016


CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, March 23rd, from 1:00 - 2:20 in Frey Hall 105.

Our speakers include: 

Kathryn Silverstein, "Crime, Time, and the Corporeal in Julia Kristeva's Possessions"

Mark Pingree, "Cosmic Pessimism: Catastrophe, Trauma and Extinction"

Shruti Mukherjee, "Activism during Siege: Rise of Hindu Nationalist Right Wing in India"

CAT Graduate Colloquium

Wednesday, February 10th, 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. 

Humanities Institute, Room#1008

Speakers and Titles: 

Spatiality, Cognitive Ecology, Here 

Professor John Lutterbie, "Gutters and Panels"

David Rodriguez, "Environment at Scale"


Fall 2015

Cultural Analysis and Theory -Graduate Student Conference


2015 Stony Brook University, Dept. of Cultural Analysis and Theory, Graduate Student Conference

Saturday, Nov. 7, 2015

SBU Manhattan

387 Park Avenue South, 3rd Floor

New York, NY 10016


2015 CAT Colloquium

Wednesday, October 28th, from 1:00 - 2:20 p.m.

Humanities Institute room#1008

Speakers and Titles:

Professor E.K. Tan, “From Exile to Queer Homecoming: Chen Xue’s A Wife’s Diary (2012)"

Yalda Hamidi, “'Diasporic Literature as a Feminist Genre: Re-reading Persepolis and Reading Lolita in Tehran"


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Black History Month

Keynote speaker Sonia Sanchez poet, educator, and lecturer on Black Culture and Literature, Women’s Liberation and Racial Justice. 

Wednesday, January 27
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Student Activities Center Gelber Auditorium

DANTE WORLDS Echoes, Places, Questions -- A Conference on the 750th Anniversary of Dante's Birth 
Wednesday,  December 2, 2015 
Charles B. Wang Lecture Hall 29:30 am to 5:30 pm

English Graduate Student Conference - Spring 2016
Speaking Text(s): Communication in the Humanities

Kadji Amin published "'Blesser' le spectateur blanc américain: Les Nègres aux États-Unis, 1961-64 et 2003" in Études françaises.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Mellon Postdoctoral Fellowship on SEX at the University of Pennsylvania Humanities Forum for the 2015-16 academic year.

Kadji Amin has been awarded a Humanities Institute at Stony Brook Faculty Fellowship for Spring semester of 2015 for the completion of his book, Queer Attachments.

Raiford Guins "Punk archaeologists" explain that they went looking for more than just video-game cartridges in a New Mexico landfill.  

Nancy Hiemstra has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

Robert Harvey has been appointed to the rank of Distinguished Professor.

Izabela Kalinowska-Blackwood is curating a film series at the IWM in Vienna.


Marcus Brock has been selected to receive the Turner Conference Travel Award to participation in the "Audiovisualtopia" taking place in Madrid, Spain beginning on 10/23/2015. 

Beth Tsai has been selected to receive the 2014-15 Graduate and Faculty Research Program in the Arts, Humanities and Lettered Social Sciences.

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        May 2016

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