Here is a constantly updated list with a few texts that I personally really enjoy and think offer important ideas related to my areas of research. Since there are so many books available to read in this world, I will only list books I found very compelling or books that I think may be uncommonly read (or simply books that I thoroughly enjoy and want to share!). This is not a comprehensive list of all possible books, so if there are any books you have questions on and don't see here, please leave a comment! I will also leave out common, well-known thinkers in the interest of space!


Japanese Literature:

The Setting Sun [斜陽] by Osamu Dazai
No Longer Human [人間失格] by Osamu Dazai
Silence [沈黙] by Shusaku Endo
Deep River [深い河] by Shusaku Endo
Snow Country [雪国] by Yasunari Kawabata
A Personal Matter [個人的な体験] by Kenzaburo Oe
The Silent Cry [万延元年のフットボール] by Kenzaburo Oe
Kokoro [こころ] by Natsume Soseki

Non-Japanese Literature

Embassytown by China Mieville
If on a winter's night a traveler by Italo Calvino
House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski
The Raw Shark Texts by Steven Hall
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon


Japan-Specific Readings:
History and Repetition by Kojin Karatani
The Structure of World History by Kojin Karatani
Narrating the Self: Fictions of Japanese Modernity by Tomi Suzuki
Japan's Total Empire by Louise Young

Critical Theory:
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism
Simulations by Jean Baudrillard
Empathic Vision: Affect, Trauma, and Contemporary Art by Jill Bennett
Cruel Optimism by Lauren Berlant
The Psychic Life of Power: Theories in Subjection by Judith Butler
The Prison Notebooks by Antonio Gramsci
Can the Subaltern Speak? Reflections on the History of an Idea ed. by Rosalind C. Norris
Capitalism: A Ghost Story by Arundhati Roy 

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