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 Professor of English Literature and Theory, 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. Among others, his publications include: Reading Paul Howard: The Art of Ross O'Carroll Kelly (London: Routledge, 2023); Seamus Heaney as Aesthetic Thinker: A Study of Prose (Syracuse University Press, 2016); ‘Kicking Bishop Brennan up the Arse – Negotiating Texts and Contexts in Contemporary Irish Studies (Peter Lang, 2009); Seamus Heaney – Creating Irelands of the Mind (Revised Edition, Dublin: Liffey Press, 2007); Seamus Heaney: Searches for Answers (London: Pluto Press, 2004); and Seamus Heaney and the Place of Writing (Gainesville: University Press of Florida, 2003). He is currently writing The Poetry of Micheal O’Siadhail, forthcoming with Routledge.


University of Houston–Victoria
Murdoch University
Newcastle University
Università degli Studi di Siena
Jagat Guru Nanak Dev Punjab State Open University
University of Hyderabad
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Concordia University of Edmonton
Indian Institute of Science Education and Research Bhopal


American University in Bulgaria


University of California, Los Angeles
Bloomsburg University
University of Oxford
Monash University
University of Portsmouth


* = recently published


Concepts, Genres and Approaches

Gregg Lambert
Syracuse University
Verena Erlenbusch-Anderson
Syracuse University
Ankhi Mukherjee
University of Oxford
Raymond Person
Ohio Northern University
Moriah Maresh
Central Connecticut State University
Shirley Anne Tate
University of Alberta
Robert McRuer
The George Washington University
Emma Cassabaum
The George Washington University
Neal Harris
Oxford Brookes University
Hans Bertens
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Lakhimai Mili
Pondicherry University
Rasik Usean F
Pondicherry University
Pramod K. Nayar
University of Hyderabad
Françoise Král
Université Paris Nanterre
Pramod K. Nayar
University of Hyderabad
Wendy Lynne Lee
Bloomsburg University
Anne Garland Mahler
University of Virginia
Bootheina Majoul
University of Carthage
Renee Hudson
University of Massachusetts Boston
Stanley E. Porter
McMaster Divinity College
Matthew Boswell
University of Leeds
Pramod K. Nayar
University of Hyderabad
Rob Breton
Nipissing University
Praseeda Gopinath
Binghamton University, State University of New York
Raquel Kennon
California State University at Northridge
Charlotta Salmi
Queen Mary University of London
J Daniel Elam
University of Hong Kong
Pramod K. Nayar
University of Hyderabad
Hans Bertens
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Emily Lordi
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Albrecht Classen
The University of Arizona
Dennis Tyler Jr.
Fordham University
Alicia Cox
University of California, Irvine
Michael Y. Bennett
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Michael Y. Bennett
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
Sarah Wasserman
University of Delaware
Brian O'Keeffe
Barnard College
Sowon Park
University of California, Santa Barbara
Jernej Habjan
Institute of Slovenian Literature and Literary Studies, Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts


Literary Critics and Theorists

Tirtha Prasad Mukhopadhyay
University of Guanajuato
Carmen Birkle
Philipps-Universität Marburg
Hollis Phelps
Mercer University
Jean-Paul Martinon
Goldsmiths, University of London
James Carney
Lancaster University
Stephanie A. Smith
University of Florida
Debamitra Kar
Women's College, Calcutta
Shinjini Basu
Visva-Bharati University
Mary Hancock
University of California, Santa Barbara
Elizabeth Weigler
University of California, Santa Barbara
Diane Davis
The University of Texas at Austin
Keja Valens
Salem State University
Patrick Byrne
Boston College
Dominic Scheuring
Stephen Ferguson
Fordham University
Patrick Crogan
University of the West of England, Bristol
Marc Silberman
University of Wisconsin - Madison
Emma Heaney
William Paterson University
Igor Pilshchikov
University of California at Los Angeles
Nathan Szajnberg
Pamela McCallum
University of Calgary
Paulina Tambakaki
University of Westminster
Lucia Santaella
Pontifical Catholic University of São Paulo
Madhu Krishnan
University of Bristol
Warren Buckland
Oxford Brookes University
Robert Deliège
Catholic Univesity of Louvain
Leroy Searle
University of Washington
Saurabh Dube
El Colegio de México
Eduardo Eguiarte Ruelas
Arts and Language Research Center
M. Anjum Khan
Avinashilingam Institute for Home Science and Higher Education for Women
Ned Curthoys
The University of Western Australia
Claire Katz
Texas A&M University
Yannis Stavrakakis
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Antonis Galanopoulos
Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Richard Storer
Leeds Trinity University
Andrew Goffey
The University of Nottingham
Boris Gasparov
Columbia University
Sean Homer
American University in Bulgaria
Gina MacKenzie
Holy Family University
Konstantinos Kavoulakos
University of Crete
Patrick Eiden-Offe
Leibniz Center for Literary and Cultural Research
Jing Yin
China Foreign Affairs University
Paul Patton
University of New South Wales, Sydney
Daniel McLoughlin
University of New South Wales
Vivian Rodríguez-Rocha
Pennsylvania State University
Gloria González-López
University of Texas at Austin
Graham Allen
University College Cork
Roy Sellars
University of St. Gallen
Karyn Ball
University of Alberta
Ewa Domańska
Stanford University
David Huddart
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
John Paul Russo
University of Miami
Éamonn Dunne
Trinity College
Darin Tenev
University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Eugene O'Brien
University of Limerick, Ireland
Oliver Davis
University of Warwick
Victoria Grace
University of Canterbury
Mairéad Hanrahan
University College London
Lucas Fain
Keith Crome
Manchester Metropolitan University
Ian James
University of Cambridge
Kieran Quinlan
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jeffrey W. Robbins
Lebanon Valley College
Christopher Marlow
University of Lincoln
Marcie Frank
Gina MacKenzie
Holy Family University
Andrew Edgar
Cardiff University
Anna Maria Lorusso
Bologna University
Eduardo Mendieta
Penn State
Inessa Medzhibovskaya
The New School for Social Research
Geert Lernout
University of Antwerp
John R. Shook
Bowie State University
Claire Colebrook
Penn State
Adam Potts
Newcastle University
Inigo Bocken
Radboud University Nijmegen
Mark Kelly
Western Sydney University
Kayte Stokoe
University of Warwick
Diane Dubois
University of Lincoln
Martin McQuillan
Kingston University London
Jason Adams
Ferris State University
John McKeane
University of Reading
Jen Webb
University of Canberra
Wolfgang Palaver
University of Innsbruck
Joseph Millichap
Western Kentucky University
Benjamin Poore
University of London
Jamil Khader
Bethlehem University, Palestine
Evelyn Gajowski
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Gary Lindeburg
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
James Smith
Durham University
Alex Thomson
The University of Edinburgh
Tessa Roynon
Rothermere American Institute
Federico Pacchioni
Chapman University
Sawyer Kelly
Chapman University
James Ford
Occidental College
Alison Ross
Monash University


Major Schools of Criticism

Mathew Arthur
Simon Fraser University
Daylanne K. English
Macalester College
Joshua Kates
Indiana university Bloomington
Derek Gladwin
University of British Columbia, Vancouver
Douglas Kellner
University of California, Los Angeles
Wendy Lynne Lee
Bloomsburg University
Neema Parvini
University of Surrey
Susan Yi Sencindiver
Aarhus Universitet
Andrea Hurst
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
Matthew Sharpe
Deakin University
Andrew Sims
Université catholique de Louvain
Susan Browne
Rowan University
Xiufang Chen
Rowan University
Faten Baroudi
Rowan University
Esra Sevinc
Rowan University
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
Ryerson University
Wendy Lynne Lee
Bloomsburg University
Sean Homer
American University in Bulgaria
Lesley Jeffries
University of Huddersfield
Asha Nadkarni
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Subhalakshmi Gooptu
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Edward Piñuelas
California State University at Fullerton

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