This is my first attempt at a reading list that meets two requirements: (1) it gives students whole books instead of scattered essays; and (2) it does not seem to me to be suicide-inducing in the context of one quarter. (How do suicides due to excessive reading loads factor into teaching evaluations, I wonder?) I wanted to hit at least Latin American, black, feminist, and Korean stuff, and I thought that a somewhat unconventional syllabus might work well with an intro-level undergrad course, where the point is to get them “into” your topic. Anyway:
Gutierrez, On Job
Sobrino, No Salvation Outside the Poor
Dussel, Twenty Theses on Politics
Cone, God of the Oppressed
West, Prophesy Deliverance!
Ruether, Sexism and God-Talk
Terrell, Power in the Blood?
Park, The Wounded Heart of God
The Gutierrez Job thing is admittedly a daring choice, but it has the benefit of giving me some actual scripture stuff. The Dussel might be a stretch in a lot of ways — I thought it would be helpful to have something really contemporary (that’s the rationale for the Sobrino I chose, too), but it may not be theological enough. Delores Williams would probably be a more obvious choice for womanist, but Sisters in the Wilderness is way too long and Joanne Terrell was one of my professors. Enough with anticipating the faults you’ll find in the list, though — and on to suggestions! Which should endeavor not to produce a significant net gain in pagecount!