Professor Cero passed the meme torch for another literary meme about influential books.
The rules: List 25 authors that have influenced you over your life time. (They don’t have to be deep, they just have to have had some impact on your life.) Then tap 25 others.
Given the ongoing conflict in the feminist blogosphere that prevented most of my favorite bloggers from participating in the last meme, it doesn’t seem like making a list of 25 people to do this meme will yield much response amongst those I read, but I will try to name several people I’d like to see do it and we will see what happens.
My List (in no particular order):
- Marx/Rosa Luxemberg/Gramsci/Trotsky/Bourdieu/Che (just call me cheater, I’m ok with it)
- Dorothy Allison
- Cherrie Moraga
- James Baldwin
- Alison Bailey
- Stuart Hall
- Malcom X
- Trinh Minh Ha
- Joanna Kadi
- E.M. Forrester
- Paule Marshall
- Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Simone de Beauvoir (tho I have not forgive her cowardice on Algiers nor the consequences of that cowardice for black women)
- Chrystos/Nikki Giovanni/Sonia sanchez/Noami Shihab Nye/Anzaldua/Rigoberto Gonzalez/Suheir Hamad (they’re all poets, I’m cheating sue me)
- Hayden White
- Scott Westerfield/Madeleine L’Engle/ Carla Trujillo (young adult authors I’m counting them as one so as to cheat; besides Trujillo needs to be on this list anyway and I can’t squish her in elsewhere)
- Audre Lorde
- Ruth Behar
- Vandana Shiva
- Zitkala Sa
- Toni Cade Bambara
- Amina Mama
- John E. Finn
- Paolo Freire
One of the curses and the treasures of having the disability I have is that my memory is shoddy. I have these vague flashes of finding Aristotle’s thoughts on beauty imminently compelling, or being both enamored and repulsed by certain Frankfurt school thinkers, and I have an even fuzzier memory of T.S. Eliot impressions. And while I have a sharp disdain for Sister Carrie, I have a vague memory of “jelly role” that I swear is from the same genre of writing, but this too is probably misremembered.
I know if I was asked to write a list of books rather than authors, at least one Bronte, Wolf, Danticat, Walker, Cesaire, and others not on this list would have found their way here. There was a time when I was obsessed with Victorian Literature and there is always a time when I hate the modernists. I remember discussions of the sublime but not why. It’s odd.
I remember weeping at words penned by Allende but not where, what, or even when. And there is a gay poet from Argentina who died right before the world discovered AIDs whose life I remember but whose name and poetry are gone. There is a lesbian poet from ancient Greece I reached for and another who wrote something about leaves . . . And just writing that made me think of Sui Sin Far, who I think should be on the list but the image rapidly fades again.
So my list is probably more contemporary than others who will do this meme; tho not contemporary enough to fit in Manuel Muñoz, a real shame. And yet, these are the authors who still influence me today; many of them managing to shine through the murky muddle that is my brain.
People I tag:
- Barbara Jane Reyes
- Gay Prof
- Clio Bluestocking
- Lolita B Inniss
- What Sorts of People
- any of the women @ Vegans of Color
- any of the women @ feminist philosophers
(technically that is more than 25 people since there are 10+ authors between Vegans of Color and Feminist Philosophers on top of the other 16) I also admit I chose mostly academics on this one. I’m curious what people outside of my immediate field, region, or time period read; and a few who overlap it of course. That is not too surprising is it?