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Literary Theory


General Resources

 

PN94 .B47 2008
Bertens, Hans. Literary Theory: the Basics . London and New York: Taylor & Francis, 2008.

An excellent overview of literary theory since the 1970s. Includes a substantial bibliography.

PN81 .B666 2003
Bressler, Charles E. Literary Criticism: An Introduction to Theory and Practice . 2nd edition. Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall, 2003.

Explains the historical development and theoretical positions of several schools of literary criticism: New Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism, Structuralism, Deconstruction, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Feminism, Marxism, Cultural Poetics (a.k.a. "New Historicism"), and Cultural Studies. A table at the back of the book provides a useful overview of the following aspects of each of these schools of thought: how many "correct" interpretations of a text are possible, where meaning ultimately resides (e.g. text alone, reader + text, intertextuality...), truth and values (is truth text-based, relative, created by the reader...?), the goal (or focus) of the theory in application, and the evaluation of the critic ("elitist" or "not elitist"). Includes a bibliography and an index.

PN94 .C67 1998
David, Robert Con and Ronald Schleifer, eds. Contemporary Literary Criticism: Literary and Cultural Studies , 1998. 738 pp.

Provides a general introduction to literary studies, cultural studies, and literary theory, as well as sections focused on the following areas: Rhetoric and Reader Response, Structuralism and Semiotics, Deconstruction and Poststructuralism, Psychology and Psychoanalysis, Historical Criticism, Feminism and Gender Studies, and Cultural Studies. Each of these sections includes an introduction to the approach presented as well as four or five readings from prominent theorists of that school of thought. Includes an index of proper names, titles, and topics.

PN81 .C844 1998
Richter, David H., ed. The Critical Tradition: Classic Texts and Contemporary Trends . 2nd edition. Boston: Bedford Books, 1998. 1655 pp.

The first part of this volume includes readings from literary critics over the centuries, including Plato and Aristotle, Horace, Christine de Pisan, Alexander Pope, Immanuel Kant, Germaine de Staël, Karl Marx, Friedrick Nietzsche, Sigmund Freud, Virginia Woolf, Martin Heidegger, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Susan Sontag, and many others. The second part presents introductions to and readings from the following contemporary critical movements: Formalism (Russian Formalism, New Criticism, and Neo-Aristotelianism); Structuralism, Semiotics, and Deconstruction; Reader-Response Criticism; Psychoanalytic Theory; Marxist Criticism; New Historicism and Cultural Studies; Feminist Literary Criticism; Gender Studies and Queer Theory; and Multiculturalism. The "Alternative Contents" section at the back of the book cites several other suggested readings in many of these areas, as well as in Cultural Studies, Hermeneutics, Phenomenological Criticism, and Rhetorical Theory. Includes an index of proper names, titles, and topics.

PN94 .E2 2008
Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory: An Introduction . 2nd ed. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota, 2008.

016.80195 M355C (Ref.)
Marshall, Donald G. Contemporary Critical Theory: a Selective Bibliography . New York: MLA, 1993.

Serving as a vehicle to introduce readers to various theoretical movements, this source is divided into specific movements and focuses on writings, in English, by and about specific theorists.

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Dictionaries

801.9503 G924 (Ref.)
Gfrereis, Heike. Grundbegriffe der Literaturwissenschaft. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 1999.

A dictionary of critical terms commonly found in literary studies, this work is intended to help students and researchers unfamiliar with the field. The selection of entries ranges from descriptions of literary genres to overviews of various schools of criticism. Each term appears in the original language (mainly German, French, and Italian), but is explained in German. The language of origin for non-German terms is identified by country and period. Entries are cross-referenced.

801.9503 M569 (Ref.)
Metzler Lexikon Literatur- und Kulturtheorie : Ansätze-- Personen-- Grundbegriffe. Weimar: J.B. Metzler, c2008.

Students and scholars of contemporary literary theory will find this comprehensive source useful for its explanations of the principal ideas and writings (in the form of an appended bibliography) of important modern literary theorists. Entries are organized either by the theorist's name, his or her brand of criticism, and his or her main concepts. Headings and entries are in German.

801.95014 H318G 1998 (Main Stacks)
Hawthorn, Jeremy. A Concise Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory. 3rd ed. London: Arnold, 1998. 274 pp.

A dictionary of terms used in criticism, organized A-Z, which also includes non-English terms. Includes bibliography.

801.9503 Or8d (Ref.)
Orr, Leonard. A Dictionary of Critical Theory. New York: Greenwood Press, 1991. 464 pp.

Includes definitions of the following types of terms, which Orr had compiled into his own personal "super-index," or index of the numerous indexes of books and articles he chose as sources: terms that show up frequently in indexes to anthologies of critical theory; terms that appear in the indexes to histories of criticism; and key terms from Chinese, French, German, Greek, Japanese, Latin, Russian, and Sanskrit critical theory. The dictionary focuses specifically on critical theory terms rather than on literary terms (such as genres, schools of writing, or period terms like "Romanticism") or terms from other disciplines. Includes an appendix of foreign-language terms and an index of theorists.

PN44.5 .M86 2003 (also 803 M943b 2003 [Ref.])
Murfin, Ross and Ray, Supryia M. The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms. Boston: Bedford/St.Martin's, 2003.

Cross-referenced and indexed, this glossary of critical and literary terms defines English terms as well as terms from other languages, such as jouissance. To illustrate each entry common written references as well as occasional film and visual references are given. When available, a brief history of the origin of the term is also offered.

803 Q44d 2006 (Ref.)
Quinn, Edward. A Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms, 2nd Ed. New York: Facts On File, c2006.

(from back cover) In clear, succinct, nontechnical language, the revised and updated Dictionary of Literary and Thematic Terms explores more than 1,000 literary terms and themes. Included are definitions of traditional literary vocabulary and of related theoretical, historical, and cultural terms important in literary studies today. Designed for students and general readers, the entries reflect literature as it is currently taught and experienced.

803.41 AR54D (Main Stacks)
Armentier, Louis. Dictionnaire de la théorie et de l'histoire littéraires du XIXe siècle à nos jours. Paris: Retz, 1986.

Concise definitions and examples for terms used in literary theory, including those from linguistics, rhetoric, epistemology, semiotics, philosophy, anthropology, and other areas of knowledge. Often provides cross-references to related terms.

306.014 B79C 2002 (Ref.)
Brooker, Peter. A Glossary of Cultural Theory. 2nd edition. London: Arnold, 2002.

A very useful tool for students and researchers who are either perplexed by current theoretical jargon or interested in knowing more about recent trends in cultural studies. The entries are quite lengthy, giving a definition of the term and listing the names of theorists associated with it. There is a substantial bibliography at the back.

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Encyclopedias

803 B43R 1996 (Ref.)
Murphy, Bruce, ed. Benét's Reader's Encyclopedia. 4th ed. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1996. 1144 pp.

Intended to furnish references to readers as they come across various allusions in texts, this one-volume literary encyclopedia provides entries on significant authors and other figures, movements, and terms from literature and literary criticism, aesthetics, science, philosophy, economics, politics, art, and music.

803 B96V1999 (Ref.)
Bergez, Daniel, Violaine Géraud, and Jean-Jacques Robrieux. Vocabulaire de l'analyse littéraire. Paris: Dunod, 1994.

This book is intended as a reference source for individuals seeking definitions of literary terms as well as for those needing help in analyzing literature. The terms come from literature, linguistics, and rhetoric and are defined and illustrated by examples.

Q. 801.95 C8697 1999 (Ref.)
Murray, Chris, ed. Encyclopedia of Literary Critics and Criticism. London: Fitzroy Dearborn, 1999. 2 vols.

Includes 374 entries on western, non-western, and historical individuals, theories, and concepts. Entries range from Aristotle to Toril Moi, from the Frankfurt School to Structuralism, and from Hermeneutics to Gay Theory.

801.95 EN192 (Ref.)
Makaryk, Irene R., ed. Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1993.

This single-volume encyclopedia is intended to suggest "something of the immense scope of current theoretical approaches" in literary theory. The combined effort of over 170 scholars from various fields, the work is divided into three parts: approaches, scholars, and terms. The entries are quite lengthy and include bibliographies. An excellent source for anyone who wants to know about current trends in literary theory or needs to define a term.

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Guides and Handbooks

801.950904 SE48R 1997 (Ref.)
Selden, Raman, Peter Widdowson, and Peter Brooker. A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Literary Theory. 4th edition. London: Prentice Hall, 1997. 272 pp.

In this latest update of Selden's classic introduction to literary theory, each of the following schools of literary theory is treated in an individual chapter: New Criticism; Russian formalism; Reader-oriented theories; Structuralist theories; Marxist theories; Feminist theories; Poststructuralist theories; Postmodernist theories; Postcolonialist theories; and Gay, lesbian, and queer theories. Includes an index of proper names and topics.

802 F948H1997 (Lit. Lang. Ref.)
Frye, Northrop. The Harper Handbook to Literature. 2nd ed. New York: Longman, 1997.

Brief, clear, and reliable definitions of terms encountered in literature and literary criticism. Entries are arranged alphabetically and include cross-references and bibliographies as appropriate.

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Internet Resources

Introductory Guide to Critical Theory

An excellent introductory guide, this site's purpose is to "provide a resource for both undergraduate and graduate students who are beginning to learn critical theory, including guides to terms." Dino Felluga, a professor of English at Purdue University, designed this site, which includes sections on Gender and Sex, Marxism, New Historicism, Postmodernism, and Psychoanalysis.

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Literary Theory

An introduction to literary theory, including traditional literary criticism, formalism and new criticism, Marxism and critical theory, structuralism and poststructuralism, new historicism and cultural materialism, ethnic studies and postcolonial criticism, gender studies and queer theory, and cultural studies. Provides a list of print sources and suggestions for further reading.

Prof. John Lye's Introduction to Literary Theory

Introductory essays to general theory, structuralism, reader-response, post-structuralism and deconstruction, psychoanalytic theory, and more.

Voice of the Shuttle (UCSB)-- Literary Theory

Links to a wide variety of sites on literary theory, in the following categories: General Theory Resources, Classical, Enlightenment and Romantic, 19th Century (Kierkegaard and Nietzsche), Early to Mid 20th Century, and Contemporary Theory. Most of these main categories are further divided into several sub-categories. Also includes links to Literary Theory Journals and 'Zines, Literary Theory Course Syllabi, Listservs and Newsgroups, and Conferences and Calls for Papers.

Jack Lynch of Rutgers' website on Literary Theory

Annotated list of links to sites on literary theory and cultural studies, online journals, and individual theorists.

Johns Hopkins Online Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

Search this online guide by keyword or proper name to find citations of sources on literary theory and criticism. Includes of 240 entries, compiled by 275 specialists around the world.

Glossary of Literary Theory

An alphabetized list of terms used in literary theory and criticism, compiled by the University of Toronto.

Continental Philosophy

Links to information on a wide range 19th- and 20-century critical and theoretical movements, including anarchism, deconstruction, existentialism, feminist theory and gender studies, hermeneutics, idealism, Marxism and post-Marxism, phenomenology, post-colonialism, post-modern thought, pragmatism and neo-pragmatism, post-structuralism, psychoanalytic interpretation, queer/gay/lesbian theory (GLBT), race theory, religion & continental philosophy, semiotics and semiology, structuralism, transcendentalism, and more. Also includes links to sites on several individual theorists, online journals, societies and centres, and continental philosophy course syllabi.

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Individual Critics

Garland Bibliographies of Modern Critics and Critical Schools. Ed. W.E. Cain. New York: Garland, 1982-

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Histories of Criticism

PN86 .H23 2005
Habib, Rafey. A History of Literary Criticism: From Plato to the Present. Victoria: Blackwell Publishing, 2005. 838 pp.

Provides a series of essays that serve as an introduction to literary criticism, organized in the following sections: ancient Greek criticism, the traditions of rhetoric (Greek rhetoric and Roman rhetoric), Greek and Latin criticism during the Roman Empire, the Medieval era, the Early Modern period to the Enlightenment, the early 19th century and Romanticism, the late 19th century, and the 20th century. Includes a selective bibliography that is categorized by time periods and critical movements as well as an index of proper names, movements, and topics.

PN86 .W4 1955
Wellek, Rene. A History of Modern Criticism, 1750-1950. New Haven, CT: Yale UP, 1955-93. 8v.

Volumes:

801.950941 B589H (Main Stacks)
Blamires, Harry. A History of Literary Criticism. New York: St. Martin's Press, 1991.

PN86.C27 1989
The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge UP, 1989-.

Volumes:

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Postcolonial Theory Resources

PN56.C63 C36 2004
Lazarus, Neil, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Postcolonial Literary Studies. Cambridge companions to literature. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. 301 p.

809.891724 EN19 (Main Ref., Main Stacks)
Hawley, John C., ed. Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2001.

This encyclopedia provides "a panoramic snapshot of the ongoing transformation" of world literatures. The volume includes alphabetically arranged essays of varying lengths devoted to topics and individuals "central to the discussion of postcolonial studies," including Francophone literature and authors. The entries include brief bibliographies for further reading.

896.016P845 (Africana Ref., Main Stacks)
Parekh, Pushpa Naidu and Siga Fatima Jagne, eds. Postcolonial African Writers: a Bio-Bibliographical Critical Sourcebook. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1998.

This book brings together over 50 African writers whose lives and literary works have been shaped by the postcolonial experience. The authors come from all parts of Africa and, with a few exceptions, write either in English or French. A particular strength of the book is the inclusion of a large number of women writers. Each entry has a brief biography of the author, summary of his or her work and its major themes, critical reception of his or her writing, and bibliography of primary and secondary material.

325.3 C718 (Education and Social Sciences Library)
Williams, Patrick, and Laura Chrisman, eds. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: a Reader. New York : Columbia University Press, 1994.

This anthology includes texts written between the 1950s and 1992 that represent varying positions on post-colonialism, "a range of approaches to the topics," "varying levels of complexity" -- in order to lend the book accessible to a wide group of readers -- and "a range of locations: metropolitan/overdeveloped world and colonial/developing world; academic/institutional and cultural/political." The text is divided into six thematic parts: "Theorising Colonised Cultures and Anti-Colonial Resistance," "Theorising the West," "Theorising Gender," "Theorising Post-Coloniality: Intellectuals and Institutions," "Theorising Post-Coloniality: Discourse and Identity," and " Reading from Theory." Several well-known pioneers of post-colonial theory are represented, including Léopold Sédar Senghor, Frantz Fanon, Edward Said, and Aimé Césaire; their writings are complemented by those of contemporary theorists. The volume concludes with a ten-page bibliography and an index of places, critical movements, subjects, authors, and selected titles.

PN761 .S28 1993
Said, Edward W. Culture and Imperialism. New York: Knopf, 1993.

An influential work by this world-renowned literary and cultural critic, Culture and Imperialism discusses the relationships between imperial conquest, the cultures of the colonizers and the colonized, and the literature that reflects these interacting cultures. Upon publication, this seminal book was lauded by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "[r]ough-and-ready scholarship from today's street fight in the humanities." Said focuses his discussion on the empires acquired by Britain, France, and the U.S.A. The text includes analyses of several works by authors living in colonized regions. This work is important reading for scholars interested in postcolonial studies, especially in Anglophone and Francophone regions.

PR9080.5 A33 1991
Adam, Ian, and Helen Tiffin, eds. Past the Last Post: Theorizing Post-Colonialism and Post-Modernism. New York : Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1991.

The texts in this volume have been chosen and arranged in order to "characterise post-modernist and post-colonial discourses in relation to each other, and to chart their intersecting and diverging trajectories." Tiffin's introduction points out the connections between various essays in the work, which include criticisms of works by Aimé Césaire and fellow Caribbean writers Lamming and V. S. Naipaul, Merle Hodge, Salman Rushdie, and Jerzy Kosinski. Includes works cited following each essay, notes on the contributors (all of whom are teachers/professors and/or authors of books and articles on critical theory), and an index of authors and topics.

809 B236e (Main Stacks)
Bardolph, Jacqueline. Etudes postcoloniales et littérature. Unichamp-essentiel; 10. Paris : Champion, c2002. 72 p.

 

Electronic Reference Books

 

Internet Resources

Postcolonial Studies

This site is published by the English department at Emory University, providing a place "where people from around the country and around the world can come for an introduction to major topics and issues in Postcolonial Studies." The site includes sections on Authors, Theorists, and Terms and Issues.

Contemporary Postcolonial and Post-imperial Literature in English

This well-developed site is funded by the University Scholars Programme at the National University of Singapore. It covers many geographic areas, including Africa, Australia, India, Singapore, New Zealand, Canada, the Caribbean, and the United Kingdom; the site also includes sections on Authors, History, Politics, Religion, Postcolonial Theory, Gender Matters, and Diasporas.

Postcolonial Literature

This annotated web guide to postcolonial literature by literaryhistory.com includes links to general articles and websites, sites on Romanticism and Imperialism, two journals, and information on some relevant British and postcolonial writers.

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Postmodernism, Post-structuralism, and Beyond

149.97 C144 (History, Philosophy, & Newspaper Library)
Connor, Steven, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism. Cambridge companions to literature. Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004. 237 p.

B841.4.S853
Sturrock, John. Structuralism and Since: from Lévi-Strauss to Derrida.

Offers concise and accessible summaries of the thought of Lévi-Strauss, Barthes, Foucault, Lacan and Derrida.

PN94 .L83 1997
Lucy, Niall. Postmodern Literary Theory: an Introduction. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1997. 283 pp.

Traces the origins of postmodern theory back to a late eighteenth-century romantic tradition and explains the history and evolution of postmodernism, discussing the work of Hobbes, Johnson, Rousseau, Kant, Nietzsche, Freud and Heidegger, as well as that of more recent theorists such as Lévi-Strauss, Barthes, Baudrillard, Derrida, Kristeva, Lyotard, Deleuze and Guattari, and Hassan and authors such as Acker, Auster, Barth, and Pynchon. He proposes "a pragmatic and ethical, poststructuralist" future. Includes a bibliography as well as an index of proper names and topics.

PN98.P67 I58 1997
Bertens, Hans and Douwe Fokkema, eds. International Postmodernism: Theory and Literary Practice. Comparative History of Literatures in European Languages. Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Company, 1997. 581 pp.

A collection of essays on various aspects and applications of postmodernism worldwide. Section 1 consists of introductory essays on large topics in postmodernism; Section 2 discusses postmodernism in the arts (architecture, theater, film, dance, music, and the visual arts); Section 3 treats "renovations and innovations in postmodernist writing," in genres such as the Western, detective stories, historical fiction, autobiography, and science fiction, and in such strategies and devices as rewriting, intertextuality, self-referentiality, and nonteleological narration; and Section 4 looks at the "reception and processing of postmodernism" in various countries and regions around the globe. At the end of the volume are a bibliography of secondary sources, a subject index, and an index of names.

801.9509045 M725l (Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Mohanty, Satya P. Literary Theory and the Claims of History: Postmodernism, Objectivity, Multicultural Politics. Ithaca: Cornell Univ. Press, 1997. 260 pp.

A "challenging and inspiring" text that examines "the conjuncture of contemporary theory and left social critique," Mohanty's work explains his "postpositivist realist" theory of social identity and multicultural politics and argues that "radical moral universalism and cultural diversity need to be seen as complementary, rather than competing, ideals." The introduction discusses criticism as politics. Part One book includes discussion of Paul de Man and the politics of meaning, Althusser's poststructuralist Marxism, and Jameson's Marxist hermeneutics. Part Two treats "Political Criticism and the Challenge of Otherness;" Objective Knowledge; and identity, multiculturalism, and justice. Includes an index of proper names and topics.

801.9509045 Af89 (Main Stacks)
Easterlin, Nancy and Barbara Riebling. After Poststructuralism: Interdisciplinarity and Literary Theory. Evanston, IL: Northwestern Univ. Press, 1993.

801.95 Y2d (Main Stacks)
Yarbrough, Stephen R. Deliberate Criticism: Toward a Postmodern Humanism. Athens, GA: The University of Georgia Press, 1992. 200 pp.

This text discusses humanism and dualistic mediation in the postmodern era, "Kant and the Common Sense," "Différance, Deference, and the Question of Proper Reading," Northrop Frye's Anatomy of Criticism, Harold Bloom and "Dogmatic Poetics," and Edward W. Said and the "Situated Critic." There is an index of proper names, titles, and topics.

Internet Resources

"The Postmodern, Postmodernism, Postmodernity: Approaches to Po-Mo"

Georgetown's Martin Irvine provides definitions and uses of the term "postmodern" as well as notes on postmodernism and the "crisis of the referent," Frederic Jameson's "Postmodernism and the Consumer Society," and some features of postmodern styles. Particularly useful is the table at the bottom of the webpage that shows contrasting tendencies between modernism and postmodernism.

Philosophy: Your Guide to the Wonderful World of (Post)Modern Theory

A directory of several dozen sites on modern and post-modern theory and theorists, discussion forums, and e-journals. Some of the sites listed are annotated.

Postmodern Culture (online journal)

"[T]he leading electronic journal of interdisciplinary thought on contemporary cultures," Postmodern Culture was founded in 1990 and features works by well-known authors and critics. Published by Johns Hopkins University Press, with support from the Univ. of California-Irvine and the University of Virginia.

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Feminist Theory and Gender Studies Resources

016.30542 H883A (Oak Street)
Humm, Maggie. An Annotated Critical Bibliography of Feminist Criticism. Boston: G. K. Hall, 1987.

016.8098 B12A (Main Ref. and Oak Street)
Backscheider, P. et al. An Annotated Bibliography of Twentieth-Century Critical Studies of Women and Literature, 1660-1800. New York: Garland, 1977.

PN98.W64 H85 1994 (also in Main Stacks: 801.95082 H883R)
Humm, Maggie. A Reader's Guide to Contemporary Feminist Literary Criticism. London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1994.

Q.809.93353 G253 (Main Ref., Oak Street)
Gay and Lesbian Literature. Ed. S. Malinowski. Detroit: St. James Press, 1994.

Internet Resources

Women Writers Project

Sponsored by Brown University, this web project focuses on early modern women's writing and electronic text coding. The site's goal is to "bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader."

gender Inn

Begun at the University of Cologne and available in both English and German, this searchable database includes over 7,500 records on feminist theory, feminist literary criticism, and gender studies.

Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory

This site, hosted by Virginia Tech University's Center for Digital Discourse and Culture, provides citations for several works of feminist criticism and theory as it relates to different literary genres, specific historical periods, pedagogy, politics and literature. Includes links to information on seven individual feminist theorists and to a list of women Nobel Prize winners in Literature.

Women's Studies Resources: Feminist Theory

Access to reviews of feminist theory books, articles, interviews, journals, and bibliographies. All the recommended links are annotated.

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Queer Theory/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgendered Studies

809 G252002 (Main Ref.)
Summers, Claude J., ed. The Gay and Lesbian Literary Heritage: a Reader's Companion to the Writers and their Works, from Antiquity to the Present. New York : Routledge, 2002. 739 pp.

Q.306.7660973 L599 (History, Philosophy & Newspaper Library Ref.; Undergrad Library Ref.)
Marc Stein, ed. Encyclopedia of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender History in America. New York : Charles Scribner's Sons : Thomson Gale, 2004.

306.7660922 W62 (Undergrad)
Aldrich, Robert and Garry Wotherspoon, eds. Who's Who in Gay and Lesbian History. London ; New York : Routledge, 2002.

306.7607 N42 (Education and Social Sciences Library)
Zimmerman, Bonnie and Toni A. H. McNaron. The New Lesbian Studies: Into the Twenty-First Century. New York: Feminist Press at the City University of New York, 1996.

810.9 P942 (Oak Street)
Haggerty, George E. and Bonnie Zimmerman. Professions of Desire: Lesbian and Gay Studies in Literature. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1995.

PQ143.A3 D45 1989
DeJean, Joan E. Fictions of Sappho, 1546-1937. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1989.

306.766 Si63o (Main Stacks)
Sinfield, Alan. On Sexuality and Power. New York : Columbia University Press, c2004.

PR888.L46 H33 2004
Hackett, Robin. Sapphic Primitivism: Productions of Race, Class, and Sexuality in Key Works of Modern Fiction. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, c2004.

820.93 Sl34l (Main Stacks)
Slide, Anthony. Lost Gay Novels : A Reference Guide to Fifty Works of Fiction from the First Half of the Twentieth Century. New York : Harrington Park Press, c2003.

Internet Resources

Queer Theory Links

A list of dozens of links to sites on queer theory. Some annotations.

Erratic Impact

Hundreds of annotated links to Queer Theory and LGBT resources, as well as information on hundreds of LGBT books, films, and musical recordings.

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Psychoanalytic Theory Resources

150.195 F929k (Main Stacks)
Frosh, Stephen. Key Concepts in Psychoanalysis. New York : New York University Press, 2003.

150.195 El58p2002 (History, Philosophy & Newspaper Library)
Elliott, Anthony. Psychoanalytic Theory: an Introduction. Durham : Duke University Press, 2002.

150.9 J713h (Education and Social Sciences Library)
Jones, Dai and Jonathan Elcock. History and Theories of Psychology: a Critical Perspective. London : Arnold ; New York : Co-published in the U.S. of America by Oxford University Press, 2001.

801.92 P9591 (Main Stacks, Oak Street)
Vice, Sue. Psychoanalytic Criticism: a Reader. Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1996.

801.95092 L11c (Main Stacks)
Rabaté, Jean-Michel. The Cambridge Companion to Lacan. Cambridge companions to literature. Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2003. 287 p. with illustrations.

Internet Resources

Psychoanalytic Theory: Terms and Concepts

This web page includes an extensive list of terms and concepts relevant to Psychoanalytic theory, ranging from "repression" to "the imaginary," and focusing on Freud and Lacan. John Lye, Professor of English at Brock University, developed this resource.

Brief Outline of Psychoanalytic Theory

Clear, basic explanations of Freudian, Lacanian, and Object Relations Theory. (PDF format)

Major Themes & Assumptions of Psychoanalytic Theory

A list of nine major principles of psychoanalytic theory with brief explanations of each.

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Marxist Theory Resources

335.4 M3699 (History, Philosophy & Newspaper)
Bartolovich, Crystal and Neil Lazarus, eds. Marxism, Modernity and Postcolonial Studies. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2002.

PN98.C6 H33 2000
Haslett, Moyra. Marxist Literary and Cultural Theories. New York : St. Martin's Press, 2000.

PN98.C6 E2 1978
Eagleton, Terry. Criticism and Ideology: a Study in Marxist Literary Theory. London: Verso, 1998.

HX523.M3766 1987 (also available in Main Stacks, Oak Street, Edu. and Social Sciences, and Communications: 306.345 M369)
Nelson, Cary and Lawrence Grossberg, eds. Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Urbana: U. of Illinois Press, 1988.

HX531.W47 1977 (also available in Main Stacks: 801 W675M)
Williams, Raymond. Marxism and Literature. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1977.

801.95 B876G (Main Stacks)
Bullock, Chris and David Peck. Guide to Marxist Literary Criticism. Bloomington, IN: Indiana UP, 1980.

Internet Resources

Marxists Internet Archive

The goal of this site "is to educate people around the world about Marxism." While not a politically neutral site, it offers a comprehensive digital library of Marxist resources, including such important theorists as Adorno, Benjamin, Chomsky, and Fanon. The resource also offers introductory materials for students.

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Cultural Studies

422 W67K1985 (Communications, Education and Main Stacks)
Williams, Raymond. Keywords: a Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Rev. ed. New York: Oxford University Press, 1985.

302.2 R299 (Communications and Education)
Hall, Stuart, ed. Representation: Cultural Representations and Signifying Practices. London: Sage, 1997.