The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory - Gregory Castle 2007

The Blackwell Guide to Literary Theory - Gregory Castle 2007


The Rise of Literary Theory

Critical Theory

Cultural Studies


Ethnic Studies

Feminist Theory

Gender and Sexuality

Marxist Theory

Narrative Theory

New Criticism

New Historicism

Postcolonial Studies




Reader-Response Theory

Structuralism and Formalism

Key Figures in Literary Theory

Theodor Adorno (1903-69)

Louis Althusser (1918-90)

Mikhail Mikhailovich Bakhtin (1895-1975)

Roland Barthes (1915-80)

Jean Baudrillard (1929-)

Walter Benjamin (1892-1940)

Homi Bhabha (1949-)

Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002)

Judith Butler (1956-)

Hazel Carby (1948-)

Helene Cixous (1937-)

Teresa de Lauretis (1939-)

Gilles Deleuze (1925-95) and Felix Guattari (1930-92)

Paul de Man (1919-83)

Jacques Derrida (1930-2004)

Terry Eagleton (1943-)

Frantz Fanon (1925-61)

Stanley Fish (1938-)

Michel Foucault (1926-84)

Henry Louis Gates (1950-)

Sandra Gilbert (1936-) and Susan Gubar (1944-)

Stephen Greenblatt (1943-)

Stuart Hall (1932-)

Donna Haraway (1944-)

Bell Hooks (1952-)

Linda Hutcheon (1947-)

Luce Irigaray (1930-)

Wolfgang Iser (1926-)

Fredric Jameson (1934-)

Julia Kristeva (1941-)

Jacques Lacan (1901-81)

Jean-Francois Lyotard (1924-98)

J. Hillis Miller (1928-)

Edward Said (1935-2003)

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (1950-)

Elaine Showalter (1941-)

Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak (1942-)

Raymond Williams (1921-88)

Slavoj Zizek (1949-)

Reading with Literary Theory

William Shakespeare, The Tempest

John Keats, “Ode on a Grecian Urn”

Charlotte Bronte, Jane Eyre

Herman Melville, Bartleby the Scrivener: A Story of Wall Street

Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness

James Joyce, Ulysses

Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

William Butler Yeats, “Leda and the Swan”

Samuel Beckett, Endgame

Salman Rushdie, Midnight's Children

Angela Carter, Nights at the Circus

Conclusion: Reading Literary Theory

Recommendations for Further Study