Literary and Critical Theory

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Literary theory has become the hegemonic methodology for the study of text and is often regarded both as a sub-discipline in itself and as a critical tool through which to liberate deeper and more complex meanings from texts. It encompasses a massive range of topics, including periods, movements, themes and works that make it a dynamic field of study. It is constantly evolving as writers from different areas make connections with what might be termed mainstream literary theory and these writers, in turn, become part of the theoretical enterprise. While this presents problems for the classifier and the bibliographer, it is an example of the dynamic and constantly-developing aspects of the field that have made it such an indispensable tool in the area of reading texts, be these texts written, iconic or socio-cultural. As such, this area invites trans-disciplinary collaboration with fields as varied as literature, history, cultural studies, and philosophy making it challenging for students and scholars to stay informed about every applicable area. Given that literary theory draws from other disciplines such as linguistics, philosophy, psychoanalysis, sociology, the social sciences and work from non-Anglophone cultures and traditions, the very scope which makes it a necessary tool for contemporary academics and intellectuals can be off-putting in terms of locating a starting point for any specific inquiry. Oxford Bibliographies in Literary and Critical Theory will offer clearly-signposted pathways through the different areas, and will make clear references to the other disciplines which feed in to, and are often transformed by, literary theory.

Editor in Chief

Eugene O’Brien is Senior lecturer and Head of the Department of English Language and Literature in Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick, Ireland. He is also the director of the Mary Immaculate Institute for Irish Studies. His publications include: Seamus Heaney – Creating Irelands of the Mind; Seamus Heaney and the Place of Writing; Seamus Heaney: Searches for Answers and Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse – Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies. His latest book, From Prosperity to Austerity: A Socio-Cultural Critique of the Celtic Tiger and its Aftermath, co-edited with Eamon Maher, was published in 2014 by Manchester University Press, and his forthcoming book on Seamus Heaney as an aesthetic thinker will be published by Syracuse University Press. He is currently working on an edited book on the Later Poetry of Seamus Heaney with Notre Dame University Press.


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Adrienne Rich
Carmen Birkle
Aesthetic Theory
Asha Varadharajan
Daylanne English
Macalester College
Avital Ronell
Diane Davis
Benita Parry
Sharae Deckard
Bernard Stiegler
Patrick Crogan
Black Atlantic
Yogita Goyal
Ankhi Mukherjee
University of Oxford
Chinua Achebe
Madhu Krishnan
Claude Levi-Strauss
Robert Deliege
Joshua Kates
Indiana University
Derek Gladwin
Edward Said
Ned Curthoys
Ernesto Laclau
David Howarth
F. R. Leavis
Richard Storer
Félix Guattari
Andrew Goffey
Verena Theile
Frankfurt School
Douglas Kellner
Frantz Fanon
Anthony Alessandrini
Kingsborough Community College-CUNY
Fredric Jameson
Sean Homer
American University in Bulgaria
Geoffrey Hartman
Gina MacKenzie
Daniel T. O’Hara
Georg Lukács
Michael J. Thompson
Gilles Deleuze
Ian Buchanan
Giorgio Agamben
Daniel McLoughlin
Global South
Anne Garland Mahler
Harold Bloom
Graham Allen
University College Cork
Hayden White
Karyn Ball
Hemispheric Studies
Renee Hudson
Holocaust Literature
Matthew Boswell
University of Leeds
Imperial Masculinity
Praseeda Gopinath
J. Hillis-Miller
Eamonn Dunne
Jacques Derrida
Darin Tenev
Sofia University "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Jacques Lacan
Eugene O’Brien
Mary Immaculate College University of Limerick
Jacques Rancière
Oliver Davis
University of Warwick
Jean Baudrillard
Gerry Coulter
Jean-François Lyotard
Keith Crome
Jean-Luc Nancy
Ian James
University of Cambridge
Jürgen Habermas
Andrew Edgar
Luce Irigaray
Claire Colebrook
Nick Lawrence
Wendy Lynne Lee
Bloomsburg University
Maurice Blanchot
Adam Potts
Michel de Certeau
Inogo Bocken
Monique Wittig
Kayte Stokoe
Neo-Slave Narratives
Raquel Kennon
New Historicism
Neema Parvini
New Materialism
Susan Sencindiver
Aarhus Universitet
Northrop Frye
Diane Dubois
Partition Literature
Charlotta Salmi
Paul de Man
Martin McQuillan
Paul Gilroy
Rebecka Rutledge Fisher
Paul Ricoeur
Karl Simms
Paul Virilio
Jason Adams
Philippe Lacoue-Labarthe
John McKeane
University of Reading
Pierre Bourdieu
Jenn Webb
Post-Soul Aesthetics
Emily Lordi
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Andrea Hurst
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Prague School
Frantisek Podhajsky
Psychoanalytic Theory
Matthew Sharpe
Race and Disability
Dennis Tyler
Fordham University
Roland Barthes
Adrienne Ghaly
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
Ryerson University
Settler Colonialism
Alicia Cox
Sigmund Freud
Benjamin Poore
Sean Homer
American University in Bulgaria
Lesley Jeffries
University of Huddersfield
Terry Eagleton
James Smith
Durham University
Toni Morrison
Tessa Roynon
Transnational Feminism
Asha Nadkarni
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Edward Piñuelas
California State University, Fullerton
W.E.B. Du Bois
James Ford
Walter Benjamin
Alison Ross
World Literature
Sowon Park
University of California Santa Barbara
Jernej Habjan
Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts

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