Office of International Studies

Recommended Readings & Films

Preparing for Study Abroad


De Botton, Alain. The Art of Travel (Vintage, 2004)

Eva Hoffman.  Lost in Translation

Hess, J. Daniel. The Whole World Guide to Culture Learning (Intercultural Press, 1994)

Paige, R. Michael et al. Maximizing Study Abroad: A Student's Guide to Strategies for Language and Cultural Learning (Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2002)

Storti, Craig. The Art of Crossing Cultures (Intercultural Press, 2007)

Storti, Craig. The Art of Coming Home (Intercultural Press, 2001)


The Listening Project (dir. Dominic Howes and Joel Weber, 2008)


Bledsoe, Lucy Jane, ed. Gay Travels: A Literary Companion and Lesbian Travels: A Literary Companion (San Francisco: Whereabouts Press, 1998)

Henry de Tessan, Christina, ed. Expat: Women's True Tales of Life Abroad (Seal Press, 2002)

Morris, Mary and Larry O'Connor. Maiden Voyages; Writings of Women Travelers (NY: Vintage Books, 1993)

Swan, Sheila and Laufer, Peter. Safety and Security for Women Who Travel (San Francisco: Traveler's Tales Inc., 1998)

Van Gelder, Lindsay and Pamela Robin Brandt. Are You Two... Together? A Gay and Lesbian Travel Guide to Europe (NY: Random House, 1991)

Zepatos, Thalia. A Journey of One's Own: Uncommon Advice for the Independent Woman Traveler (The Eighth Mountain Press, 2003)




Blixen, Karen. Out of Africa

Cooper, Frederick. Africa Since 1940: The Past of the Present (Cambridge University Press, 2002)

Fuller, Alexandra. Don't Let Go to the Dogs Tonight: An African Childhood

Isbister, John. Promises Not Kept: Poverty and the Betrayal of Third World Development (Kumarian Press, 2001)

Kapuscinski, Ryszard. The Shadow of the Sun

Miller, Berna and Torr, James D. Developing Nations (Greenhaven Press, Current Controversies Series, 2003)

Poole, Joyce. Coming of Age with Elephants

Richmond, Yale and Phyllis Gestrin. Into Africa: Intercultural Insights(Intercultural Press, 1998)

Ryszard Kapuszinski, The Shadow of the Sun

Sapolsky, Robert. A Primate's Memoir: A Neuroscientist's Unconventional Life Among the Baboons


Adams, JS & McShane, TO. The Myth of Wild Africa: Conservation Without Illusion (CA: University of California Press, 1996)

Democracy in Botswana (Gaborone: The Botswana Society, 1989)

Owens, Mark and Delia. Cry of the Kalahari

Silitshena, RMK & McLeod, G. Botswana: A Physical, Social, and Economic Geography (Gaborone: Longman Botswana, 1989)


Makuchi, Your Madness, Not Mine: Stories of Cameroon (Ohio University Press, 1999)

Mbaku, John Mukum. Culture and Customs of Cameroon (Greenwood Press, 2005)


Aidoo, Ama Ata. Changes: A Love Story (NY: The Feminist Press at the City of New York, 1993)

Armah, Ayi Kwei. The Beautiful Ones Are Not Yet Born (Portsmouth, NH: Heinemann, 1969)

Emmanuel's Gift

Kwei Quartey, Wife of the Gods

Kwei Quartey, Children of the Streets

Sarpong, Peter. Ghana in Retrospect: Aspects of Ghanaian Culture (Accra: Ghana Publishing Corporation, 1991)


Anderson, David. Histories of the Hanged. Britain's Dirty War in Kenya and the End of the Empire (Weidenfeld & Nicolson History, 2005)

Azevedo, Mario. Kenya: The Land, the People, and the Nation (Carolina Academic Press, 1993)

Middletown, John. African Merchants of the Indian Ocean: Swahili of the East African Coast (Waveland Press, Inc., 2004)

Miller, Norman and Roger Yeager. Kenya: The Quest for Prosperity(Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 1993)

Sheriff, Abdul. Slave Spices and Ivory in Zanzibar (London: James Currey; Athens, OH: Ohio University Press, 1987)


Harper, Janice. Endangered Species: Health, Illness, and Death Among Madagascar's People of the Forest (Carolina Academic Press, 2002)

Jolly, Alison. Lords and Lemurs: Mad Scientists, Kings with Spears, and the Survival of Diversity in Madagascar (Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004)

Randrianja, Solofo and Stephen Ellis. Madagascar: A Short History (Hurst, 2009)

Tyson, Peter. The Eights Continent: Life, Death, and Discovery in the Lost World of Madagascar (Harper Collins, 2001)


Alan Paton.  Cry, the Beloved Country

Mandela, Nelson. Long Walk to Freedom (Randburg, South Africa: MacDonald Purnell, 1994)

Mathabane, Mark. Kaffir Boy: The True Story of a Black Youth's Coming of Age in Apartheid South Africa (Plume Books, 1990)

McCrea, Barbara. South Africa, Lesotho, and Swaziland (Rough Guides, 1999)

Sparks, Allister. Beyond the Miracle (Johannesburg: Jonathan Ball Publishers, 2003)

Thompson, Leonard. A History of South Africa (Yale University Press, 2001)


Hall, Richard. Empires of the Monsoon: A History of the Indian Ocean and Its Invaders (London: Heinemann 1996)

Hartley, Aidan. The Zanzibar Chest (Riberhead Trade, 2004)

Sheriff, Abdul and Ed Ferguson. Zanzibar Under Colonial Rule (Nairobi: Heinemann Publishers, 1991)


The Americas


Berryman, Philip. Liberation Theology: The Essential Facts About the Revolutionary Movement in Latin America and Beyond (New York: Pantheon Books, Random House, Inc., 1987)

Galeano, Eduardo. The Open Veins of Latin America (New York: Monthly Review Press, 1997)

Stephenson, Skye. Understanding Spanish-Speaking South Americans: Bridging Hemispheres (Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2003)



Foster, David William, Melissa Fitch Lockhart, and Darrell B. Lockhart. Culture and Customs of Argentina (Greenwood Press, 1998)

Jorge Luis Borges.  Labyrinths

Nouzeilles, Gabriela and Graciela R. Montaldo. The Argentina Reader: History, Culture, Politics (Latin America in Translation/En Traduccion/Em Traducão, Jan 2003)

Romero, Luis Alberto and James P. Brennan. A History of Argentina in the Twentieth Century (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006). Wilson, Jason. Buenos Aires: A cultural and literary companion (Interlink Books, 2000)

Wilson, Jason. Buenos Aires: A Cultural and Literary Companion (Brooklyn NY/Northampton MA: Interlink Books, 2000)


Bolivia (dir. Adriean Caetano, 2001)
Cleopatra (dir. Eduardo Mignogna, 2003)
Diarios de motocicleta (dir. Walter Salles, 2004)
El abrazo partido (dir. Daniel Burman, 2004)
El hijo de la novia (dir. Juan José Campanella, 2001) 
Hombre Mirando al Sudeste (dir. Eliseo Subiela, 1986)
La historia oficial (dir. Luis Puenzo, 1985)
La vida según Muriel (dir. Eduardo Milewicz, 1997)
Live-In Maid (dir. Jorge Gaggero, 2004)
Lugares comunes (dir. Adolfo Aristarain, 2002)
Luna de Avellaneda (dir. Juan José Campanella, 2004)
Nueve Reinas (dir. Fabián Bielinsky, 2000)
Sol de otoño (dir. Eduardo Mignogna 1996)
Sólo por hoy (dir. Ariel Rotter, 2001)
Todas las azafatas van al cielo (dir. Daniel Burman, 2002)
Un lugar en el mundo (dir. Adolfo Aristarain, 1992)



Crook, Larry and Randal Johnson, eds. Black Brazil: Culture, Identity, and Social Mobilization (Los Angeles: University of California Press, 1999)

Freire, Paulo. Pedagogy of the Oppressed (NY: Continuum, 1970, 1992)

Jackson, K. David, ed. Oxford Anthology of the Brazilian Short Story (Oxford University Press, 2006)

Levine, Robert M. and John J. Crocitti, eds. The Brazil Reader: History, Culture, and Politics (Durham NC: Duke University Press, 1999)

Mainwaring, Scott P. Rethinking Party Systems in the Third Wave of Democratization: The Case of Brazil (Stanford CA: Stanford University Press, 1999)

Novinger, Tracy. Communicating with Brazilians: When "Yes" Means "No" (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2003)

Page, Joseph A. The Brazilians (New York: Addison-Wesley Pub. Co., 1995)

Vianno, Hermano. The Mystery of Samba: Popular Music and National Identity in Brazil(John C. Chasteen, ed./trans. Chapel Hill NC: University of North Carolina Press, 1999)

Wright, AL and Wolford, W. To Inherit the Earth: The Landless Movement and the Struggle for a New Brazil (Oakland, CA: Food First Books, 2003)


Bus 174 (dir. José Padilha & Felipe Lacerda, 2004)
Central Station (dir. Walter Salles, 1998)
Cidade de Deus (dir. Fernando Meirelles, 2002)
Four Days in September (dir. Bruno Barreto, 1997)
Pixote (dir. Hector Babenco, 1981)



Brennan, John and Alvaro Taboada. How to Survive in the Chilean Jungle (y aprender los modismos en ingles): An English Lexicon of Chilean Slang and Spanish Sayings(Santiago: Dolmen Ediciones, 1996)

Constable, Pamela and Arturo Valenzuela. A Nation of Enemies: Chile Under Pinochet(WW Norton & Co., 1993)

Dorfman, Ariel. Heading South, Looking North (NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1998)

Ensalaco, Mark. Chile Under Pinochet: Recovering the Truth (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1999)

Hite, Katherine. When the Romance Ended: Leaders of the Chilean Left, 1968-1998 (NY: Columbia University Press, 2000)

Lomnitz, Larissa Adler and Ada Melnick. Chile's Political Culture and Parties: An Anthropological Explanation (University of Notre Dame Press, 2000)

Nagy-Zemki, Silvia and Leiva, Fernando, eds. Democracy in Chile: The Legacy of September 11, 1973 (Sussex, UK: Sussex Academic Press, 2005)

Neruda, Pablo. 20 poemas de amor y una canción desesperada (Grupo Editorial Tomo, 1998).


Cachimba (dir. Silvio Caiozzi, 2004)
Chile: La memoria obstinada (dir. Patricio Guzmán, 1997)
El Chacotero Sentimental (dir. Cristián Galaz, 1999)
Fuga (dir. Pablo Larrain, 2006)
Historias de fútbol (Andrés Wood, 1997)
Machuca (dir. Andrés Wood, 2004)
Mi mejor enemigo (dir. Alex Bowen, 2005)


Ras, Barbara, ed. Costa Rica: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 1994)


Álvarez, Julia. In the Time of the Butterflies (Algonquin Books, 1994)

Álvarez, Julia. In the Name of Salomé (Plume, 2001)

Díaz, Junot. The Brief and Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao (Riverhead Trade, 2008)

Llosa, Mario Vargas. The Feast of the Goat (Picador, 2002)


Lucas, Kintto. We Will Not Dance on Our Grandparents' Tombs: Indigenous Uprisings in Ecuador (Nottingham, UK: Russell Press Ltd., 2000)

Ubidia, Abdon. Wolves' Dreams (Latin American Literary Review Press, 1996)

Weiner, Jonathan. The Beak of the Finch (NY: Vintage Books, 1995)



Carlos Fuentes.  The Death of Artemio Cruz

Condon, John C. Good Neighbors: Communicating with the Mexicans (Intercultural press, 1997)

Fuentes, Carlos. A New Time for Mexico (Marina Gutman Casta, trans. NY: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 1996)

Laura Esquivel.  Like Water for Chocolate

Preston, Julia and Samuel Dillon. Opening Mexico: The Making of a Democracy (New York: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux, 2004)

Ross, John. The Annexation of Mexico - From the Aztecs to the IMF (Common Courage Press, 1998)


Danzón (dir. María Novaro, 1991)
¿Quién diablos es Juliette? (dir. Carlos Marcovich,1997)
La otra conquista (dir. Salvador Carrasco, 1998)
El crimen del Padre Amaro (dir. Carlos Carrera, 2002)
Novia que te vea (dir. Guita Schyfter, 1994)
Amores perros (dir. Alejandro González Iñárritu, 2000)
Y tu mama también (dir. Alfonso Cuarón, 2001)





Lord, Betty Bao. Legacies: A Chinese Mosaic (Ballantine Books, 1991)

Chang, Jung. Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China (Touchstone, 2003)

Goldman, Merle and John Fairbank. China: A New History, Second Enlarged Edition (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2006)

Heng, Liang and Judith Shapiro. Son of the Revolution (Vintage, 1984)

Hessler, Peter. Oracle Bones: A Journey Between China's Past and Present(HarperCollins Publishers, 2006

Hu, Wengzhong and Cornelius Grove. Encountering the Chinese: A Guide for Americans (Intercultural Press, 1999)

Jin, Ha. Waiting: A Novel (Vintage, 2000)

Kristof, Nicholas and Sherul WuDunn. China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power (Vintage, 1995)

Louie, Andrea. Chineseness Across Borders: Renegotiating Chinese Identities in China and the United States (Duke University Press, 2004)

Wong, Jan. Red China Blues: My Long March from Mao to Now (Anchor, 1997)


Ju Dou (dir. Fengliang Yang & Yimou Zhang, 1990)
To Live (dir. Wei Lu & Hua Yu, 1994)
Not One Less (dir. Yimou Zhang, 2002)
Red Sorghum (dir. Yimou Zhang, 1987)
Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (dir. Yimou Zhang, 2005)
The Emperor's Shadow (dir. Xiaowen Zhou, 1996)
Together (dir. Taige Chen, 2002)






Dalrymple, William. City of Djinns: A Year in Delhi (Penguin, 2003)

De Bary, Theodore, ed. Sources of Indian Tradition, Vol. 1 (Columbia University Press, 1958)

Forster, EM. A Passage to India (Penguin Classics, 2005)

Frater, Alexander. Chasing the Monsoon (Penguin Books, 1991)

Gandhi, M. Gandhi's Autobiography: The Story of My Experiments with Truth(Beacon Press, 1968)

Harvey, Peter. An Introduction to Buddhism: Teachings, History and Practice(Cambridge University Press, 1990)

Jhabvala, Ruth Prawer. Heat and Dust (Counterpoint, 1999)

Kipling, Rudyard. Kim (Barnes and Nobles Classics, 2003)

Knott, Kim. Hinduism: A Very Short Introduction (Oxford University Press, 1998)

Luce, Edward. In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India (Anchor, 2008)

Metcalf, Thomas and Barbara. A Concise History of India (Cambridge University Press, 2001)

Mistry, Rohinton. A Fine Balance (Vintage, 2001)

Rahula, Walpola. What the Buddha Taught (Grove Press, 1974)

Roy, Arundhati. The God of Small Things (Harper Perennial, 1998) and The Algebra of Infinite Justice (Penguin Books, 2002)

Rushdie, Salman. Midnight's Children (Penguin, 1999)

Scott, Paul The Raj Quartet: The Jewel in the Crown, The Day of the Scorpion, Towers of Silence, A Division of the Spoils (Morrow & Co., 1984)

Sen, Amartya. The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian Culture, History and Identity (Penguin Books, 2005)

Seth, Vikram. A Suitable Boy (Perennial, 1994)

Singh, Khushwant. Train to Pakistan (Grove Press, 1981)

Varma, Pavan K. Being Indian (Penguin Books, 2004)


Dil Chata Hai (dir. Farhan Akhtar, 2001)
Gandhi (dir. Richard Attenborough., 1982)
Heat and Dust (dir. James Ivory, 1983)
Lagaan (dir. Ashutosh Gowariker, 2001)
Matribhumi (dir. Milan Bhowmik, 1997)
Monsoon Wedding (dir. Mira Nair, 2001)
Mr. and Mrs. Iyer (dir. Apama Sen, 2002)
Passage to India (dir. David Lean, 1984)
Salaam Bombay (dir. Mira Nair, 1988)






Condon, John C. With Respect to the Japanese: A Guide for Americans(Intercultural Press, 1983)

John Hersey.  Hiroshima

Matsumoto, David. The New Japan: Debunking Seven Cultural Stereotypes(Intercultural Pres, 2002)

Varley, Paul. Japanese Culture (University of Hawai'i Press; Updated and Expanded Edition 2000)


Riding Alone for Thousands of Miles (dir. Yimou Zhang, 2005)






Diane M. Hoffman.  Lanterns on the River

L. Robert Kohls. Learning to Think Korean: A Guide to Living and Working in Korea (Intercultural Press, 2001)


The Way Home (dir. Jeong-Hyang Lee, 2002)





Childs, Geoff. Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004)

Hutt, Michael, ed. Nepal in the Nineties: Versions of the Past, Visions of the Future (New Delhi, Oxford University Press, 1994)

Martinussen, John. Democracy, Competition, and Choice: Emerging Local Self-Government in Nepal (London: Sage Publications, 1995)

Rinpoché , Dzongsar Khyentsé . What Makes You Not a Buddhist (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2007)

Shrestha, Pushpa. Educated Women in Urban Nepal (Colombia, MO: South Asia Books, 1995)

Thapa, Manjushree. Forget Kathmandu (New Delhi: Viking, 2005)




Eat Drink Man Woman





Childs, Geoff. Tibetan Diary: From Birth to Death and Beyond in a Himalayan Valley of Nepal (Berkeley: University of California Press, 2004)

Rinpoché , Dzongsar Khyentsé . What Makes You Not a Buddhist (Boston & London: Shambhala, 2007)

Rinpoché , Sogyal. The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying (San Francisco: Harper Publications, 1992)

Schwartz, Ronald David, ed. Circle of Protest: Political Ritual in the Tibetan Uprising (NY: Columbia University Press, 1994)

Thapa, Manjushree. Forget Kathmandu (New Delhi: Viking, 2005)

Willis, Janice, ed. Feminine Ground: Essays on Women and Tibet (Ithaca, NY: Snow Lion, 1989)





Ash, Timothy Garten. The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (Vintage Books, 1993)

Burton, Richard. Prague: A Cultural and Literary History (NY: Interlink Books, 2003)

Day, Barbara. The Velvet Philosophers (London: Claridge Press, 1999)

Franz Kafka.  The Trial

Havel, Vaclav. Open Letters: Selected Writings, 1965-1990 (Vintage, 1992), esp. "The Power of the Powerless" and "Six Asides About Culture."

Havel, Vaclav. Summer Meditations (London: Faber and Faber Ltd., 1992)

Havel, Vaclav. Disturbing the Peace: A Conversation with Karel Hvízdala(NY: Alfred A. Knopf, 1990)

Holy, Ladislav. The Little Czech and the Great Czech Nation: National Identity and the Post-Communist Social Transformation (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Hrabal, Bohumil. Too Loud a Solitude (1976; Harcourt, Inc. translation, 1990)

Kafka, Franz. America (Schocken, 1996) or any other books of his.

Richmond, Yale. From Da to Yes: Understanding the East Europeans(Intercultural Press, 1995)

Skilling, H. Gordon. Samizdat and an Independent Society in Central and Eastern Europe (OH: Ohio State University Press, 1989)

Wilson, Paul. Prague: A Traveler's Literary Companion (Whereabouts Press, 1995)

Anything by Ludvik Vakulic, Ivan Klima, Milan Kundera (especially the earlier books), Arnost Lustig, Iva Pekarkova, Josef Skvorecky, or Jáchym Topol.


Kolya (dir. Jan Sverák, 1996)
Zelary (dir. Ondrej Trojan, 2003)






Blixen, Karen (pseud. Dinesen, Isak). Seven Gothic Tales (Harrison Smith/Robert Haas, 1934)

Blixen, Karen (pseud. Dinesen, Isak). Out of Africa (Modern Library, 1992)

Grøndahl, Jens Christian. Silence in October (Harvest Book, 2002)

Hansen, Thorkild. Arabia Felix (Harper and Row, 1962)

Høeg, Peter. Smilla's Sense of Snow (Delta, 1995)

Kristensen, Tom. Havoc (University of Wisconsin Pres, 1968)

Larsen, Michael. The Snake in Sydney (Sceptre, 2000)

Nordbrandt, Henrick. Selected Poems (Curbstone Press, 1995)

Scherfig, Hans. Stolen Spring (Fjord Press, 1983)


Adam's Apples (dir. Anders Thomas Jensen, 2005)
After the Wedding (dir. Susanne Bier, 2006)
Angels in Fast Motion (dir. Ole Christian Madsen, 2005) 
The Bench (1st in a trilogy. dir. Per Fly, 2000)
The Best of Victor Borge: Act One & Two (dir. Ronald Borge, 1990)
Breaking the Waves (dir. Lars von Trier, 1996)
The Celebration (dir. Thomas Vinterberg, 1998)
Copenhagen (dir. Howard Davies, 2002)
Dancer in the Dark (dir. Lars von Trier, 2000)
The Green Butchers (dir. Anders Thomas Jensen, 2003)
The Idiots (dir. Lars von Trier, 1998)
The Inheritance (2nd in a trilogy. dir. Per Fly, 2003)
Italian for Beginners (dir. Lone Scherfig, 2000)
King's Game (dir. Nikolaj Arcel, 2004)
Manslaughter (3rd in a trilogy. dir. Per Fly, 2005)
Mifune's Last Song (dir. Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, 1999)
The One and Only (dir. Susanne Bier, 1999)
Pusher (dir. Nicolas Winding Refn, 1996) 
Terkel in Trouble (dir. Kristian Vesbjerg Andersen, 2004) 
We Shall Overcome (dir. Niels Ander Oplev, 2006)
Worlds Apart (dir. Niels Arden Oplev, 2008)





Asselin, Gilles. Au Contraire! Figuring Out the French (Intercultural Press, 2001)

Ardagh, John. France in the New Century (Penguin, 2000)

Baudry, Pascal. French and Americans: The Other Shore (Berkeley: Les Frenchies, 2005 or

Gildea, Robert. France Since 1945 (Oxford University Press, 2002)

Gopnik, Adam. Paris to the Moon (Random House, 2000)

Nadeau, Jean-Benoit and Julie Barlow. Sixty Million French People Can't Be Wrong (Robson, 2005)

Taylor, Sally Adamson. Culture Shock! France (Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008)






Gunter Grass.  The Tin Drum

Jerome, Jerome K. Three Men on the Bummel (Serenity Publishers, LLC, 2009)

Stern, Susan. These Strange German Ways (Atlantic-Brocke, 1994)

Tellkamp, Uwe. Der Turm (Suhrkamp Verlag KG, 2008)


The Lives of Others (dir. Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck, 2006)
Good Bye Lenin! (dir. Wolfgang Becker, 2003)






Davies, Christopher et al. Divided by a Common Language (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2007)

Fox, Kate. Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour(Nicholas Brealey Publishing, 2008)


Jane Austen.  Persuasion


James Kelman.  Kieron Smith




Broome, Benjamin J. Exploring the Greek Mosaic: A Guide to Intercultural Communication in Greece (Intercultural Press, 1996)

Leontis, Artemis, ed. A Traveler's Literary Companion: Greece(Whereabouts Press, 1997)

Vassilis Vassilikos.  Z


Never on Sunday (dir. Jules Dassin, 1960)





Ash, Timothy Garten. The Magic Lantern: The Revolution of 1989 Witnessed in Warsaw, Budapest, Berlin and Prague (Vintage Books, 1993)

Skilling, H. Gordon. Samizdat and an Independent Society in Central and Eastern Europe (OH: Ohio State University Press, 1989)






Arthur, Paul. Special Relationships: Britain, Ireland and the Northern Ireland Problem (Belfast: Blackstaff Press, 2000)

Deane, Seamus. Reading in the Dark (NY: Random House, 1998)

Douglas, Roy et al. Ireland Since 1690: A Concise History (Backstaff Press, 1999)

Doyle, Roddy. The Barrystown Trilogy (Penguin, 1995)

Inglis, Tom. Global Ireland: Same Difference (Routledge, 2008)

James Joyce.  A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man

Joyce, James. Dubliners (NY: Bantam Books, 1990)

McCourt, Frank. Angela's Ashes (NY: Simon & Schuster Trade, 1996)

McKittrick, David and David McVeigh. Making Sense of the Troubles (UK: Penguin Books, 2001)

Moody, TW and FX Martin. The Course of Irish History (Boulder, CO: R. Rinehart Publishing, Inc., 1995)

 Murphy, Dervla. A Place Apart (Greenwich CT: Devin-Adair Publishers, 1980)

O'Brien, Edna. The House of Splendid Isolation (NY: Penguin, 1995)


Angel (dir. François Ozon, 2007) 
Butcher Boy (dir. Neil Jordan, 1997)
Cal (dir. Pat O'Connor, 1984)
Dancing at Lughnasa (dir. Pat O'Connor, 1998)
Hunger (dir. Steve McQueen, 2008)
In the Name of the Father (dir. Jim Sheridan, 1993)
Into the West (dir. Mike Newell, 1992)
Nothing Personal (dir. Urszula Antoniak, 2009)
Michael Collins (dir. Neil Jordan, 1996)
My Left Foot (dir. Jim Sheridan, 1989)
Some Mother's Son (dir. Terry George, 1996)
The Crying Game (dir. Neil Jordan, 1992)
The Dead (dir. John Huston, 1987)
The December Bride (dir. Thaddeus O'Sullivan, 1991)
The Magdalene Sisters (dir. Peter Mullan, 2002)
The Wind That Shakes the Barley (dir. Ken Loach, 2006)






Falcone, Linda. Italians Dance and I'm a Wallflower: Adventures in Italian Expression (The Florentine Press, 2006)

Flower, Raymond and Alessandro Falassi. Culture Shock! Italy: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2008)

Matthew Fort.  Eating Up Italy

Venuti, Lawrence, ed./trans. Italy: A Traveler's Literary Companion(Berkeley, CA: Whereabouts Press, 2003)


Johnny Stecchino (dir. Roberto Benigni, 1991)
La vita é bella (dir. Roberto Benigni, 1997)





Antonia's Line (dir. Marleen Gorris, 1995)





Aleksander Solzhenitsyn.  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

Baker, Peter and Susan Glasser. Kremlin Rising: Putin's Russia and the End of Revolution (Potomac Books Inc, 2007)

Bely, Andrei. Petersburg (Pushkin Press, 2009)

Dostoevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment  (Collector's Library, 2010)

Figes, Orlando. Natasha's Dance: A Cultural History of Russia (Picador, 2003)

Fyodor Dostoevsky.  Crime and Punishment

Hoffman, David E. Oligarchs: Wealth and Power in the New Russia (Public Affairs, 2003)

Nikolai Gogol.  The Overcoat 

Petrushevskaya, Ludmilla. The Time: Night (Northwestern University Press, 2000)

Pushkin, Alexander. The Bronze Horseman (Duckworth Publishers, 2009)

Pushkin, Alexander. The Queen of Spades (Dodo Press, 2009)

Richmond, Yale. From Nyet to Da: Understanding the New Russia(Intercultural Press, 2008)

Service, Robert. Russia: Experiment with a People (Harvard University Press, 2006)

Shevtsova, Lilia. Lost in Translation: The Yeltsin and Putin Legacies(Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, 2007)

Zoshchenko, Mikhail. Scenes from the Bathhouse and Other Stories of Communist Russia (Ann Arbor Paperbacks, 1961)






Ames, Helen Wattley. Spain Is Different (Intercultural Press, 1999)

Bush, Peter and Lisa Dillman, eds. Spain: A Traveler's Literary Companion(Berkeley, CA: Whereabouts Press, 2003)

Gibbons, John. Spanish Politics Today (Manchester University Press, 2006)

Hooper, John. Los Españoles de Hoy (Javier Vergara, S.A., 1987)

Jones, Rachel. Beyond the Spanish State: Central Government, Domestic Actors and the EU (Palgrave, 2000)

Miguel de Cervantes.  Don Quixote

Nash, Elizabeth. Madrid: A Cultural and Literary Companion (Interlink Books, 2001)

Williams, Mark. The Story of Spain (Mirador Publications S.L. Fuengirola, 1992)


Solas (Benito Zambrano, 1999)
Flores de otro mundo (Iciar Bollaín, 1999)
El rey pasmado (Imanol Uribe, 1991)
Mujeres al borde de un ataque de nervios (Pedro Almodóvar, 1988) or other Almodóvar films - very Madrid
Los lunes al sol (Fernando León de Aranoa, 2002)
Mar adentro (Alejandro Amenábar, 2004)





Autumn Sonata (dir. Ingmar Bergman, 1978)


Middle East


Ahmed, Akbar. Discovering Islam: Making Sense of Muslim History and Society(Routledge, 2002)

Nydell, Margaret K. Understanding Arabs: A Guide for Westerners (Yarmouth, ME: Intercultural Press, 2002)

Sedgwick, Mark. Islam & Muslims: A Guide to Diverse Experience in a Modern World(Boston/London: Intercultural Press, 2006)






Al Aswany, Alaa. The Yacoubian Building (HarperCollins, 2006)

Lababidi, Lesley, ed. Cairo: The Practical Guide (Cairo/NY: American University in Cairo Press, 2008)


The Yacoubian Building (dir. Marwan Hamed, 2006)





Shahar Lucy and David Kurz, Border Crossings: American Interactions with Israelis(Intercultural Press, 1995)





Al-Atiyat, Ibtisam. The Women's Movement in Jordan (Amman: Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, 2004)

Braizat, Musa S. The Jordanian-Palestinian Relationship: The Bankruptcy of the Confederal Idea (London: British Academic Pres, 1998)

Faqir, Fadia. Nisanit (Penguin, 1990)

Faqir, Fadia Pillars of Salt (Interlink, 1998)

Munif, Abdelrahman. Cities of Salt (Vintage International Edition, 1989)

Munif, Abd Al-Rahman and Samira Kawar. Story of a City: A Childhood in Amman (Quartet Books, 1998)

Robinson, Glenn E. Can Islamists Be Democrats? The Case of Jordan (in The Middle East Journal v. 51, no. 3, summer 1997)

Salibi, Kamal. The Modern History of Jordan (New York: IB Taurus, 1993)

Shami, Janset Berkok. Cages on Opposite Shores (NY: Interlink, 1995)





El Alamy, Youssouf Amine. Two Novellas by YAE: A Moroccan in New York and Sea Drinkers (Lanham: Lexington Books, 2008)

Ennaji, Moha and Fatima Sadiqi. Migration and Gender in Morocco: The Impact of Migration on the Women Left Behind (Trenton: The Red Sea Press, 2008)

Hargraves, Orin. Culture Shock! Morocco: A Survival guide to Customs and Etiquette(Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2009)

Howe, Marvine. Morocco: The Islamist Awakening and Other Challenges (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005)

McMurray, David. In and Out of Morocco (Minneapolis/London: University of Minnesota Press, 2001)

Slymovics, Susan. The Performance of Human Rights in Morocco (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005)





Barnard, Marjorie Faith. The Persimmon Tree and Other Short Stories (London: Virago Press, 1987)

Bryson, Bill. In a Sunburned Country (Broadway, 2001)

Conway, Jill Ker. The Road to Coorain (NY: Vintage Books, 1990)

Hughes, Robert. The Fatal Shore (NY: Vintage Books, 1988)

Keneally, Thomas. The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith (Englewood CO: Viking Press, 1983)

Manning, Clark. A Short History of Australia (NY: Penguin Books, 1988)

Renwick, George W. A Fair Go for All: Australian/American Interactions (Intercultural Press, 1991)

Ross, Robert, ed. A Traveler's Literary Companion: Australia (Whereabouts Press, 1998)

Sharp, Ilsa. Culture Shock! Australia: A Survival Guide to Customs and Etiquette (Marshall Cavendish Corporation, 2001)


Breaker Morant (dir. Bruce Beresford, 1980)
Cane Toads: An Unnatural History (dir. Mark Lewis, 1988)
Muriel's Wedding (dir. P. J. Hogan, 1994)
Ned Kelly (dir. Gregor Jordan, 2003)
Rabbit-Proof Fence (dir. Phillip Noyce, 2002)
Shine (Dir. Scott Hicks, 1996)
Strictly Ballroom (dir. Baz Luhrmann, 1992)
The Tracker (dir. Rolf de Heer, 2002)



The Piano (dir. Jane Campion, 1993)
Whale Rider (dir. Niki Caro, 2002)