Personal Library: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle’s 21 Must-Reads

“This is a selected reading list of influences and inspiration from my personal library. These books have helped me navigate the blurred cosmologies of colonialist and imperialist legacies throughout space and time.”

Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle
  • Listening to Images, Tina M. Campt, 2017
  • Sylvia Wynter: On Being Human as Praxis, Katherine McKittrick, ed., 2015
  • Provincializing Europe: Postcolonial Thought and Historical Difference, Dipesh Chakrabarty, 2007
  • Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle, Katherine McKittrick, 2006
  • Plant Spirit Shamanism: Traditional Techniques for Healing the Soul, Ross Heaven and Howard G. Charing, 2006
  • Children of the French Empire: Miscegenation and Colonial Society in French West Africa 1895–1960, Owen White, 1999
  • Romanticism and Colonial Disease, Alan Bewell, 1999
  • African American Art: The Long Struggle, Crystal A. Britton, 1996
  • Colonial Desire: Hybridity in Theory, Culture and Race, Robert J. C. Young, 1995
  • Imperial Leather: Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Contest, Anne McClintock, 1995
  • The Famished Road, Ben Okri, 1991
  • The Scramble for Africa: White Man’s Conquest of the Dark Continent from 1876 to 1912, Thomas Pakenham, 1991
  • African Perspectives on Colonialism, A. Adu Boahen, 1987
  • Flash of the Spirit: African and Afro-American Art and Philosophy, Robert Farris Thompson, 1983
  • Power/Knowledge: Selected Interviews and Other Writings, 1972–1977, Michel Foucault, 1980
  • The Exotic White Man: An Alien in Asian and African Art, Cottie A. Burland, 1968
  • Things Fall Apart, Chinua Achebe, 1958
  • Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin, 1955
  • My Life in the Bush of Ghosts, Amos Tutuola, 1954
  • Notebook of a Return to the Native Land, Aimé Césaire, 1939
  • Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad, 1899

This reading list first appeared in the exhibition catalogue 2019 SECA Art Award: Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle, Sahar Khoury, Marlon Mullen, edited by Linde B. Lehtinen and Nancy Lim and published in 2019 by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. © 2019 San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.