Summer Reads 2015 by Grant Jenkins

This is the latest in a series of blogs highlighting what faculty members in The University of Tulsa Department of English are reading this summer. Check back often for updates. Enjoy!

“I’m reading James Joyce’s Dubliners this summer because I’m spending six weeks in Ireland – two of them in Dublin itself. Although I’ve read the book many times, I plan to read it this time while walking the city using online digital tools such as the Mapping Dubliners Project by Jasmine Mulliken. I hope that reading the stories in place will inspire my own stories and poems, as my purpose in going there is to write. While I’m there, I will also be reading George Bornstein’s nonfiction book The Colors of Zion: Blacks, Jews, and Irish from 1845 to 1945 that traces the common experiences, influences, discourses and goals of three historically oppressed peoples. Since I also teach Jewish and African-American literature, I am very interested to understand how these histories intertwine.”

Grant Jenkins is an associate professor in the TU English Department.