All 11 Books From Ocean Vuong’s Spring 2023 NYU Syllabus

Vietnamese American poet Ocean Vuong became a household name — following the release of his book On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous.

Vuong is apparently teaching a hybrid texts class this Spring 2023 semester. People on the internet have gotten their hands on Vuong’s concise 1-page syllabus that lists 11 books.

If you want to follow along in spirit without having to take out another student loan, here are all the books from Ocean Vuong’s syllabus.

Dictee is a story of women and womanhood — whether the women in question are real and mundane or exceptional and divine.

Dictee by Theresa Hak Kyung Cha

British-Indian writer Bhanu Kapil’s Schizophrene is a book that takes you through a dizzying journey between the places that the author has lived in.

Schizophrene by Bhanu Kapil

The Narrow Road to the Deep North is a travelogue that captures Basho’s adventures through the Japanese countryside.

The Narrow Road to the Deep North and Other Travel Sketches by Matsuo Basho

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land by Aimé Césaire

Notebook of a Return to the Native Land is a long poem that leaves the impression of an epic journey across the boundaries of geography, politics, and culture.

This massive poetry collection is both a love letter to the self and to an ideal America.

Leaves of Grass by Walt Whitman

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