Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China

April 1, 2007

Books on the go

Filed under: My research, Publications, Reading — amyjaneb @ 7:17 pm

I’ve already got a ‘to read’ page on this blog, but I thought what would be really useful, really motivating, would be to keep a record of books that I am currently reading.  That way I should embarrass myself out of my current state of lazy torpor and actually get on with this research business, and when I tick each one off the list I can write a quick review (which can go towards my literature review). So, what follows is a list of every book I’m currently in the process of reading (this includes things I started AGES ago, but still haven’t finished):

The Chan’s Great Continent
Jonathan Spence

The Order of Things
Michel Foucault

Orientalism: History, theory and the arts
John Mackenzie
(I’m actually re-reading this one.)

Mao’s Last Revolution
Roderick MacFarquhar and Michael Schoenhals
(This is – believe it or not – my bedtime reading.  Yes, I am a strange girl.)

It’s Vintage Darling: how to be a clothes connoisseur
Christa Weil

Meditation for Dummies
Stephan Bodian

Of course, this list doesn’t include the mass of articles and journal papers I have to read.  :S   Here’s hoping I can make some headway over the next couple of weeks.



  1. Such an intriguing list; looking forward to reading your thoughts on these titles. I’m partial to Jonathan Spence myself, especially his Matteo Ricci memory palace and his re-visioning of K’ang-Hsi’s “autobiography.”

    Comment by w — April 9, 2007 @ 2:45 am

  2. Thanks w. I’ve actually started reading Anna Funder’s ‘Stasiland’ now too, after it was recommended to me by Mary (thanks for the heads up btw – it’s great!).

    Comment by amyjaneb — April 9, 2007 @ 9:11 am

  3. […] Jump to Comments I’ve been bad.  Rather than finishing the books I’ve already got on the go, I’ve done a ‘Stasiland’and picked up something else instead.  However, I have a […]

    Pingback by Revolution is Not a Garden Party « Cogs and Wheels: The material culture of revolutionary China — April 15, 2007 @ 4:05 pm

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