Academic Books of 2015 – my top twenty

The vast majority of academic reading in 2015 was related to Foucault, with a lot of Shakespeare work along the way. Many of these were published some time ago. These were the twenty books published in 2015 I read and most liked.

  1. Peter Burke, The French Historical Revolution: The Annales School 1929-2014 (Polity, 2nd edition)
  2. Wendy Brown, Undoing the Demos: Neoliberalism’s Stealth Revolution (Zone)
  3. Sanjay Chaturvedi and Timothy Doyle, Climate Terror: A Critical Geopolitics of Climate Change (Palgrave)
  4. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, Stone: An Ecology of the Inhuman (University of Minnesota Press)
  5. Jean-Pierre Couture, Sloterdijk (Polity – which I endorsed)
  6. Jacques Derrida, Séminaire La peine de mort: Volume II (2000-2001) (Galilée)
  7. Michael Dillon, Biopolitics of Security: A Political Analysis of Finitude (Routledge)
  8. Umberto Eco, How to Write a Thesis (MIT)
  9. Jenny Edkins, Face Politics (Routledge – which I endorsed)
  10. Roberto Esposito, Persons and Things: From the Body’s Point of View (Polity)
  11. Michel Foucault, Théories et institutions pénales (Gallimard/Seuil/EHESS – review in Berfrois)
  12. Michel Foucault, Language, Madness, Desire: On Literature (University of Minnesota Press – review forthcoming in Cultural Geographies)
  13. Michel Foucault, The Punitive Society (Palgrave – French original reviewed at Berfrois, and review essay in Historical Materialism)
  14. Ben Golder, Foucault and the Politics of Rights (Stanford University Press)
  15. David Farrell Krell, Phantoms of the Other: Four Generations of Derrida’s Geschlecht (SUNY Press – review forthcoming in Derrida Today)
  16. Thomas Nail, The Figure of the Migrant (Stanford University Press – which I endorsed)
  17. Lisa Smirl, Spaces of Aid: How Cars, Compounds and Hotels Shape Humanitarianism (Zed)
  18. The Wikileaks Files: The World According to US Empire (Verso)
  19. Haim Yacobi, Israel and Africa: A Genealogy of Moral Geography (Routledge)
  20. Perry Zurn & Andrew Dilts, Active Intolerance: Michel Foucault, the Prisons Information Group, and the Future of Abolition (Palgrave – which I endorsed)

There are also several good books from 2015 in one of the ‘to-read’ piles. These are the novels I read as a break from all this academic reading…

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