Transformative Authors and Texts – One Scholar’s List

The following (by no means all-inclusive list) have in someway profoundly transformed my thinking and/or have had a big influence on the scholar I am today. A few are ones that I especially enjoy and appreciate.  


  • Emma
  • Brave New World
  • A Room of One’s Own
  • Coming of Age in Mississippi 
  • Four Arguments for the Elimination of Television
  • There is a River: The Black Freedom Struggle in America


  • Carl Sagan
  • Virginia Woolf
  • Susan Sontag
  • Sigmund Freud
  • Michel Foucault
  • Michael Wesch
  • bell hooks
  • Ferdinand de Saussure


  • “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack”
  • “American Anthropological Association: Statement on ‘Race’”
  • “Behind, Beneath, Above, and Beyond: The Historical Unconscious”
  • “Beyond Compare: Comparative Method after the Transnational Turn”
  • “Straight White Male: The Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is”
  • “Race is a Relationship, and Not a Thing” 


  • Mildred Pierce
  • Germany, Pale Mother
  • The World According to Garp
  • Orlando 
  • The Hours 
  • Antonia’s Line


  • Michelangelo
  • Artemisia Gentileschi
  • René Magritte
  • Picasso

Classical Music:

  • The Marriage of Figaro
  • Clair de Lune
  • Handel’s Messiah
  • Strauss: Four Last Songs
  • Für Elise 


  • Bach
  • Britten
  • Bogdan Ota
  • Jean Sibelius


  • Amanda Marshall (“Shades of Gray,” “Everybody’s Got a Story,” “Last Exit to Eden,” and many, many others)
  • Linkin Park (“What I’ve Done” in particular)