Favourite academic reads
José Enrique Rodó, Ariel (1900); Max Weber, “‘Churches’ and ‘Sects’ in North America: An Ecclesiastical Socio-Political Sketch” (1906); Émile Durkheim, Les formes élémentaires de la vie religieuse (1912); Ronald A. Knox, Enthusiasm: A Chapter in the History of Religion with Special Reference to the XVII and XVIII Centuries (1950); Raimundo Faoro, Os donos do poder: formação do patronato político brasileiro (1958); Maria Isaura Pereira de Queiroz, O mandonismo local na vida política brasileira e outros ensaios (1970); Michel Foucault, Histoire de la folie à l’âge classique (1972); Duglas Teixeira Monteiro, “Churches, Sects, and Agencies: Aspects of Popular Ecumenism” (1977); Roberto Da Matta, Carnavais, malandros e heróis: para uma sociologia do dilema brasileiro (1978); Pierre Bourdieu, Le Sens pratique (1980); Louis Dumont, Homo Hierarchicus (1980); Michael T. Taussig, The Devil and Commodity Fetishism in South America (1980); Paula Montero, Da doença à desordem: a magia na umbanda (1985); Laura de Mello e Souza, O diabo e a Terra de Santa Cruz (1986); Richard M. Morse, O espelho de Próspero: cultura e idéias nas Américas (1988); Robert Muchembled, L’invention de l’homme moderne. Sensibilités, mœurs et comportements collectifs sous l’Ancien Régime (1988); Tanya Luhrmann, Persuasions of the Witch’s Craft: Ritual Magic in Contemporary England (1989); Margaret Trawick, Notes on Love in a Tamil Family (1990); Jacques Derrida, Donner le temps 1. La fausse monnaie (1991); Annette Weiner, Inalienable Possessions: The Paradox of Keeping-While-Giving (1992); Aníbal Quijano, “Colonialidad y modernidad/racionalidad” (1992); Maurice Bloch, Prey into Hunter: The Politics of Religious Experience (1992); Moishe Postone, Time, Labor and Social Domination: A Reinterpretation of Marx’s Critical Theory (1993); Hans Belting, Likeness and Presence: A History of the Image before the Era of Art (1994[1990]); Patrícia Birman, Fazer estilo criando gêneros: possessão e diferenças de gênero em terreiros de Umbanda e Candomblé no Rio de Janeiro (1995); Walter D. Mignolo, The Darker Side of the Renaissance: Literacy, Territoriality, and Colonization (1995); Bruno Latour, Petite réflexion sur le culte moderne des dieux faitiches (1996); Gustavo Benavides, “Magic, Religion, Materiality” (1997); Alfred Gell, Art and Agency: An Anthropological Theory (1998); Yvonne Maggie, Guerra de Orixá: um estudo de ritual e conflito (2001[1975]); Eduardo Viveiros de Castro, A inconstância da alma selvagem e outros ensaios de antropologia (2002); Stephan Palmié, Wizards and Scientists: Explorations in Afro-Cuban Modernity and Tradition (2002); Saba Mahmood, Politics of Piety: The Islamic Revival and the Feminist Subject (2005); Denise Ferreira da Silva, Toward a Global Idea of Race (2007); Mary Louise Pratt, Imperial Eyes: Travel Writing and Transculturation (2007[1992]); Webb Keane, Christian Moderns: Freedom and Fetish in the Mission Encounter (2007); Ann Taves, Religious Experience Reconsidered: A Building Block Approach to the Study of Religion and Other Special Things (2009); Stephen S. Bush, Visions of Religion: Experience, Meaning, and Power (2014); Richard Swedborg, The Art of Social Theory (2014); Audra Simpson, Mohawk Interruptus: Political Life across the Borders of Settler States (2014); Roger Scruton, Fools Frauds & Firebrands: Thinkers of the New Left (2015); Arnaud Halloy, Divinités incarnés: L’apprentissage de la possession dans un culte afro-brésilien (2015)

Peak personal reads

Laozi, Dao De Jing (c. 300 BCE); Julius Caesar, The Conquest of Gaul (c. 50 BCE); Philostratus, Life of Apollonius of Tyana (c. 230 CE); Kalidasa, The Recognition of Śakuntalā, translated by Chandra Rajan (c. 400 CE); Giorgio Vasari, The Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors, and Architects (1908 [1550]); Wu Cheng’en (?), The Monkey and the Monk: An Abridgment of The Journey to the West, translated by Anthony C. Yu (2006[1592]); Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra, Don Quixote (Pt. 1) (1605); Jonathan Swift Gulliver’s Travels (1735); Jane Austen, Emma (1815); James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner (1824); George Borrow, The Bible in Spain (1843); José de Fonseca and Pedro Carolino, O Novo Guia da Conversação, em Portuguez e Inglez, em Duas Partes: The New Guide of the Conversation, in Portuguese and English in Two Parts (1855); Machado de Assis, Memórias Póstumas de Brás Cubas (1880); Lafcadio Hearn, Glimpses of Unfamiliar Japan (1894); Max Beerbohm, Seven Men (1919); Chico Xavier (channeling the spirit André Luiz), Nosso Lar (1944); P.G. Wodehouse, Joy in the Morning (1946); Tove Jansson, Comet in Moominland (1946); Mervyn Peake, Titus Groan (1946); John Buchan, The Thirty-Nine Steps (1947); Giovannino Guareschi, Mondo piccolo Don Camillo (1948); Flannery O’Connor, “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” (1953); J.R.R. Tolkien, The Lord of the Rings (1954–55); Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart (1958); J.G. Ballard, The Drowned World (1962); Norman O. Brown, Love’s Body (1966); W.S. Merwin, The Lice (1967); Gabriel García Márquez, Cien años de soledad (1967); Ursula K. Le Guin, A Wizard of Earthsea (1968); A. R. Luria, The Mind of a Mnemonist (1968); Jorge Luis Borges, El libro de arena (1975); David Thomson, A Biographical Dictionary of Film (1975; 6th ed. 2014); Adrienne Rich, The Dream of a Common Language: Poems 1974–1977 (1978); Czeslaw Milosz, Bells in Winter (1978); Redmond O’Hanlon, Into the Heart of Borneo (1984); Joan Slonczewski, A Door into Ocean (1986); Bruce Chatwin, Songlines (1987); P.K. Page, Brazilian Journal (1988); Iain M. Banks, The Player of Games (1988); Sharon Olds, The Dead and the Living (1989); Hikaru Nakamura, Saint Young Men (2019 [2008])


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