Recommendations for Further Study

The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory - Gregory Castle 2007

Recommendations for Further Study

Note. See the Works Cited appended to the entries in the sections “The Scope of Literary Theory” and “Key Figures in Literary Theory” for additional titles.

Critical Theory

Arato, Andrew and Eike Gebhardt, eds. The Essential Frankfurt School Reader. 2nd ed. New York: Continuum, 1993.

Bernstein, Jay, ed. The Frankfurt School: Critical Assessments. 6 vols. London and New York: Routledge, 1994.

Habermas, Jurgen. Legitimation Crisis. Trans. Thomas McCarthy. Boston: Beacon, 1975.

---- . The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity: Twelve Lectures. 1985. Trans. Frederick Lawrence. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1987.

Kellner, Douglas. Critical Theory, Marxism and Modernity. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1989.

Laclau, Ernesto and Chantal Mouffe. Hegemony and Socialist Strategy: Towards a Radical Democratic Politics. 2nd ed. London and New York: Verso, 2001.

Tallack, Douglas, ed. Critical Theory: A Reader. New York: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1995.

Cultural Studies

Bennett, Tony, Graham Martin, Colin Mercer, and Janet Woollacott, eds. Culture, Ideology and Social Process: A Reader. London: Batsford Academic and Educational, Ltd., 1981.

Brantlinger, Patrick. Crusoe's Footprints: Cultural Studies in Britain and America. New York: Routledge, 1990.

Grossberg, Lawrence, Cary Nelson, and Paula A. Treichler, eds. Cultural Studies. New York and London: Routledge, 1992.

Miller, Toby, ed. A Companion to Cultural Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.

Warren, Catherine A. and Mary Douglas, eds. American Cultural Studies. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2002.

Williams, Raymond. New Keywords: A Revised Vocabulary of Culture and Society. Ed. Tony Bennett, Lawrence Grossberg, and Meaghan Morris. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.


Cohen, Tom, ed. Jacques Derrida and the Humanities: A Critical Reader. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001.

Culler, Jonathan. On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism After Structuralism. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1982.

Norris, Christopher. Deconstruction: Theory and Practice. 1982. 3rd ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.

Ryan, Michael. Marxism and Deconstruction: A Critical Articulation. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982.

Wood, David, ed. Derrida: A Critical Reader. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1992.

Ethnic Studies

Appiah, Kwame Anthony and Henry Louis Gates, eds. Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience. 2nd ed. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2005.

Baker, Houston. Afro-American Poetics: Revisions of Harlem and the Black Aesthetic. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 1988.

Brown, Dee. Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee: An Indian History of the American West. New York: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1970.

Gates, Henry Louis, ed. “Race,” Writing, and Difference. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

Goldberg, David Theo and John Solomos, eds. A Companion to Racial and Ethnic Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2002.

Moraga, Cherrie and Gloria Anzaldua, eds. This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color. 2nd ed. New York: Kitchen Table, Women of Color Press, 1983.

Spillers, Hortense J. Black, White, and In Color: Essays on American Literature and Culture. Chicago and London: University of Chicago Press, 2003.

Susser, Ida and Thomas C. Patterson, eds. Cultural Diversity in the United States: A Critical Reader. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2001.


Butler, Judith and Joan W. Scott, eds. Feminists Theorize the Political. New York: Routledge, 1992.

Collins, Patricia Hill. Black Feminist Thought: Knowledge, Consciousness, and the Politics of Empowerment. 2nd ed. New York and London: Routledge, 2000.

Cudd, Ann E. and Robin O. Andreasen, eds. Feminist Theory: A Philosophical Anthology. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Ferguson, Margaret and Jennifer Wicke, eds. Feminism and Postmodernism. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994.

Hull, Gloria T., Patricia Bell Scott, and Barbara Smith. All the Women are White, All the Blacks are Men, But Some of Us are Brave: Black Women's Studies. Old Westbury, NY: Feminist Press, 1982.

Moi, Tori. Sexual/Textual Politics: Feminist Literary Theory. 2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.

Rayna R. Reitor, ed. Toward an Anthropology of Women. New York: Monthly Review Press, 1975.

Gender and Sexuality

De Lauretis, Teresa. The Practice of Love: Lesbian Sexuality and Perverse Desire. Bloomington: Indiana University Press, 1994.

Dollimore, Jonathan. Sexual Dissidence: Augustine to Wilde, Freud to Foucault. Oxford: Clarendon Press; New York: Oxford University Press, 1991.

Edelman, Lee. Homographies: Essays in Gay Literary and Cultural Theory. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Essed, Philomena, David Theo Goldberg, and Audrey Kobayashi, eds. A Companion to Gender Studies. Malden, MA and Oxford: Blackwell, 2005.

Grosz, Elizabeth. Space, Time, and Perversion: Essays on the Politics of Bodies. New York: Routledge, 1995.

Hart, Lynda. Fatal Women: Lesbian Sexuality and the Mark of Aggression. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1994.

Koestenbaum, Wayne. Double Talk: The Erotics of Male Literary Collaboration. New York: Routledge, 1989.

Marxist Theory

Eagleton, Terry and Drew Milne, eds. Marxist Literary Theory: A Reader. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1996.

Gramsci, Antonio. A Gramsci Reader: Selected Writings, 1916-1935. Ed. David Forgasc. London: Lawrence and Wishart. 1999.

Jameson, Fredric. The Political Unconscious: Narrative as a Socially Symbolic Act. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1981.

Mandel, Ernest. Late Capitalism. 1972. Trans. Joris De Bres. London: Verso, 1978.

Marx, Karl and Fredrick Engels. The German Ideology. Ed. C. J. Arthur. New York, International, 1972.

Nelson, Cary and Lawrence Grossberg, eds. Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1988.

Williams, Raymond. Marxism and Literature. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1977.

Narrative Theory

Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Fiction. 1966. 2nd ed. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1983.

McKeon, Michael, ed. Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000.

Mitchell. W. J. T., ed. On Narrative. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1981.

Phelan, James and Peter Rabinowitz, eds. A Companion to Narrative Theory. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2005.

Prince, Gerald. Narratology: The Form and Functioning of Narrative. Berlin and New York: Mouton, 1982.

Todorov, Tzvetan. The Poetics of Prose. Trans. Richard Howard. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977.

Watt, Ian. The Rise of the Novel. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1957.

New Criticism

Burke, Kenneth. Counter-Statement. 1931. 2nd ed. Los Altos, CA: Hermes Publications, 1953.

Jancovich, Mark. The Cultural Politics of the New Criticism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993.

Leavis, F. R., ed. A Selection from Scrutiny. 2 vols. London and New York: Cambridge University Press, 1968.

Ransom, John Crow. The New Criticism. Norfolk, CT: New Directions, 1941.

Spurlin, William J. and Michael Fisher, eds. The New Criticism and Contemporary Literary Theory: Connections and Continuities. New York and London: Garland Publishing, 1995

Wellek, Rene and Austin Warren. Theory of Literature. London: Cape, 1949.

New Historicism

Dollimore, Jonathan. Radical Tragedy: Religion, Ideology, and Power in the Drama of Shakespeare and his Contemporaries. 3rd Edition. Durham, NC: Duke University Press, 2004.

Gallagher, Catherine and Stephen Greenblatt. Practicing New Historicism. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2000.

Goldberg, Jonathan. James I and the Politics of Literature: Jonson, Shakespeare, Donne, and their Contemporaries. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press,


Montrose, Louis. The Purpose of Playing: Shakespeare and the Cultural Politics of the Elizabethan Theatre. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996.

Ryan, Kiernan, ed. New Historicism and Cultural Materialism: A Reader. London and New York: Arnold, 1996.

Veeser, H. Aram, ed. The New Historicism Reader. New York: Routledge, 1994.

Postcolonial Studies

Ashcroft, W.D, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin. The Empire Writes Back: Theory and Practice in Post-colonial Literatures. 1989. 2nd ed. London and New York: Routledge, 2002.

Castle, Gregory, ed. Postcolonial Discourses: An Anthology. Oxford: Blackwell, 2001.

Guha, Ranajit and Gayatri Spivak, eds. Selected Subaltern Studies. Delhi and New York: Oxford University Press, 1988.

Schwarz, Henry and Sangeeta Ray. A Companion to Postcolonial Studies. Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2000.

Spivak, Gayatri Chakravorty. A Critique of Postcolonial Reason: Toward a History of the Vanishing Present. Cambridge, MA and London: Harvard University Press, 1999.

Williams, Patrick and Laura Chrisman, eds. Colonial Discourse and Post-Colonial Theory: A Reader. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994.

Young, Robert J.C. Postcolonialism: An Historical Introduction. Oxford; Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2001.


Connor, Steve. Postmodernist Culture: An Introduction to Theories of the Contemporary. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.

Docherty, Thomas, ed. Postmodernism: A Reader. New York. Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1993.

Ferguson, Margaret and Jennifer Wicke, eds. Feminism and Postmodernism. Durham: Duke University Press, 1994.

Hassan, Ihab. The Dismemberment of Orpheus: Toward a Postmodern Literature. 2nd ed. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 1982.

Kaplan, Ann, ed. Postmodernism and Its Discontents: Theories, Practices. London and New York: Verso, 1988.

Lucy, Niall. Postmodern Literary Theory: An Introduction. Oxford: Blackwell, 1997.

Natoli, Joseph and Linda Hutcheon, eds. A Postmodern Reader. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993.

Seidman, Steven. Contested Knowledge: Social Theory in the Postmodern Era. Oxford and Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1994.


Bakhtin, M. M. The Dialogic Imagination. Ed. Michael Holquist; Trans. Caryl Emerson and Michael Holquist. Austin: University of Austin Press, 1981.

Barthes, Roland. Critical Essays. 1964. Trans. Richard Howard. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1972.

Derrida, Jacques. Of Grammatology. Trans. Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 1976.

Felperin, Howard. Beyond Deconstruction: The Uses and Abuses of Literary Theory. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1985.

Foucault, Michel. Language, Counter-Memory, Practice: Selected Essays and Interviews. Ed. Donald F. Bouchard. Trans. Donald F. Bouchard and Sherry Simon. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1977.

Lotringer, Sylvere and Sande Cohen. French Theory in America. New York and London: Routledge, 2001.

Macksey, Richard and Eugenio Donato, eds. The Structuralist Controversy: The Languages of Criticism and the Sciences of Man. 1970. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1972.

Sarup, Madan. Poststructuralism and Postmodernism. 2nd ed. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 1993.


Felman, Shoshana. Literature and Psychoanalysis: The Question of Reading: Otherwise. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1982.

Freud, Sigmund. The Freud Reader. Ed. Peter Gay. New York: W.W. Norton, 1995.

Laplanche, J. and J.-B. Pontalis. The Language of Psycho-Analysis. Trans. Donald Nicholson-Smith. New York: Norton, 1974.

Mitchell, Juliet. Psychoanalysis and Feminism. New York: Vintage Books, 1975.

Sarup, Madan. Jacques Lacan. New York and London: Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1992.

Vice, Sue, ed. Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Reader. Cambridge, England: Polity Press; Cambridge, MA: Blackwell, 1996.

Zizek, Slavoj. Enjoy Your Symptom!: Jacques Lacan in Hollywood and Out. Rev. ed. New York and London: Routledge, 2001.

Reader-Response Theory

Ingarden, Roman. The Cognition of the Literary Work of Art. Trans. Ruth Ann Crowley and Kenneth R. Olson. Evanston: Northwestern University Press, 1973.

Jauss, Hans Robert. Toward An Aesthetic of Reception. Trans. Timothy Bahti. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1982.

Machor, James L. and Philip Goldstein, eds. Reception Study: From Literary Theory to Cultural Studies. New York: Routledge, 2001.

Phelan, James, ed. Reading Narrative: Form, Ethics, Ideology. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 1989.

Tompkins, Jane, ed. Reader-Response Criticism: From Formalism to PostStructuralism. Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1980.

Structuralism and Formalism

Culler, Jonathan. Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics and the Study of Literature. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 1976.

Dosse, Francois. History of Structuralism. 2 vols. Trans. Deborah Glassman. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 1997.

Hawkes, Terence. Structuralism and Semiotics. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1977.

Jameson, Fredric. The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press, 1972.

Lane, Michael, ed. Structuralism: A Reader. London: Cape, 1970.

Matejka, Ladislav and Krystyna Pomorska, eds. Readings in Russian Poetics: Formalist and Structuralist Views. Ann Arbor: Michigan Slavic Publications, 1978.

Scholes, Robert. Structuralism in Literature: An Introduction. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1974.

Shklovsky, Viktor. Theory of Prose. 1925. Trans. Benjamin Sher. Elmwood Park, IL: Dalkey Archive Press, 1990.