Above: Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Young Girl Reading

I read widely, within the many fields I publish in (literature, political theory, Islam), but also well beyond those domains. Some of the highlights of my reading are logged below:

March 2019

G.A. Cohen, If You’re Egalitarian, How Come You’re So Rich? (2000)

  • a great work of political philosophy by a Marxist thinker close to my heart

This is turning out to be a great month for plays. So far I have seen (links to reviews where available):

Shakespeare, Richard III (Bristol Old Vic)

Tennessee Williams, The Two Character Play (Alma Tavern Theatre)

Caroline Williams and Reem Karssli, Now is the Time to Say Nothing  (Bristol Old Vic)

February 2019

The Holocaust and the Nakba: A New Grammar of Trauma and History Edited by Bashir Bashir and Amos Goldberg (2019)

Adrienne Rich, Poetry & Commitment (2006); Essential Essays

  • classic texts, that diagnose current predicaments in American politics (and poetics)

Siri Hustvedt, A Woman Looking at Men Looking at Women (2011)

  •  scintillating reflections on sexuality, desire, and aesthetics from one of the best living novelists

January 2019

Edward Said, Beginnings (1975)

December 2018

Jean Bodin, Methodus (1566)

October 2018

Jeremy Waldron, The Harm in Hate Speech (2012)

September 2018

Ronald Dworkin, Justice for Hedgehogs (2011)

August 2018

John Boswell, The Kindness of Strangers: The Abandonment of Children in Western Europe from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance (1994)

  • brilliantly written & important reflections on conceptions of paternity and childhood. I look forward to reading his work on medieval same-sex desire.

Carole Pateman, The Sexual Contract (1988)


Perpetual Reading Projects

Most of my reading these days is connected to volumes I am editing, including currently the Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism.

Over the years, I have created working bibliographies on a range of topics I have researched on Worldcat. A great and under-utilized resource!

I have highlighted some of the texts I turn to for pleasure reading on Goodreads.


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