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.


Newcastle University
University of California, Los Angeles
American University in Bulgaria
Bloomsburg University
University of Oxford
Chinese University of Hong Kong
Monash University
University of Portsmouth


* = recently published

Concepts, Genres and Approaches

Ankhi Mukherjee
University of Oxford
Anne Garland Mahler
University of Virginia
Renee Hudson
University of Massachusetts Boston
Matthew Boswell
University of Leeds
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
Hans Bertens
Utrecht University, the Netherlands
Emily Lordi
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Dennis Tyler Jr.
Fordham University
Alicia Cox
University of California, Irvine
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

Carmen Birkle
Philipps-Universität Marburg
James Carney
Lancaster University
Stephanie A. Smith
University of Florida
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
Nathan Szajnberg
Pamela McCallum
University of Calgary
Paulina Tambakaki
University of Westminster
Madhu Krishnan
University of Bristol
Robert Deliège
Catholic Univesity of Louvain
Ned Curthoys
The University of Western Australia
Richard Storer
Leeds Trinity University
Andrew Goffey
The University of Nottingham
Anthony Alessandrini
Kingsborough Community College
Sean Homer
American University in Bulgaria
Gina MacKenzie
Holy Family University
Jing Yin
China Foreign Affairs University
Paul Patton
University of New South Wales, Sydney
Daniel McLoughlin
University of New South Wales
Graham Allen
University College Cork
Roy Sellars
University of St. Gallen
David Huddart
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Éamonn Dunne
Trinity College
Darin Tenev
University of Sofia “St. Kliment Ohridski”
Eugene O'Brien
University of Limerick, Ireland
Oliver Davis
University of Warwick
Mairéad Hanrahan
University College London
Keith Crome
Manchester Metropolitan University
Ian James
University of Cambridge
Kieran Quinlan
University of Alabama at Birmingham
Jeffrey W. Robbins
Lebanon Valley College
Gina MacKenzie
Holy Family University
Andrew Edgar
Cardiff University
Anna Maria Lorusso
Bologna University
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
Benjamin Poore
University of London
Jamil Khader
Bethlehem University, Palestine
James Smith
Durham University
Alex Thomson
The University of Edinburgh
Tessa Roynon
Rothermere American Institute
James Ford
Occidental College
Alison Ross
Monash University

Major Schools of Criticism

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
Stéphanie Walsh Matthews
Ryerson University
Sean Homer
American University in Bulgaria
Lesley Jeffries
University of Huddersfield
Asha Nadkarni
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Edward Piñuelas
California State University at Fullerton


Adrienne Rich
Carmen Birkle
Aesthetic Theory
Asha Varadharajan
Benita Parry
Sharae Deckard
Black Atlantic
Yogita Goyal
Edward Said
Ned Curthoys
Ernesto Laclau
David Howarth
Verena Theile
Georg Lukács
Michael J. Thompson
Gilles Deleuze
Ian Buchanan
Hayden White
Karyn Ball
Nick Lawrence
Maurice Blanchot
Adam Potts
Paul Gilroy
Rebecka Rutledge Fisher
Paul Ricoeur
Karl Simms
Prague School
Frantisek Podhajsky
Roland Barthes
Adrienne Ghaly
Sigmund Freud
Benjamin Poore

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