M.A. & Ph.D. Reading Lists [earlier version]

Critical Theory Supplementary List

Critical Theory Supplementary List

Note:  All French books published in Paris unless otherwise noted.

The student should choose five books from the following list to supplement the required list for the Ph.D. exam.  One of the five books should be a multi-author collection.  The student's choice should reflect his or her own interests and represent a specialization in a particular topic or approach.

  • Abel, Elizabeth, and Emily K. Abel, eds., The Signs Reader: Women, Gender and Scholarship. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1983.
  • Abelove, Henry, Michèle Aina Barrett, and David M. Halpern, eds., The Lesbian and Gay Studies Reader. NY: Routledge, 1993.
  • Adams, Parveen, and Elizabeth Cowie, eds., The Woman in Question. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1990.
  • Adorno, Theodor W. Prisms, trans. Samuel and Shierry Weber. Cambridge: MIT Press, 1981. [Prismen. Berlin: Suhrkamp Verlag, 1969.]
  • Ashcroft, Bill, Gareth Griffiths and Helen Tiffin, eds., The Post-Colonial Studies Reader. London: Routledge, 1995,
  • Bahktin, M. M. The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, ed. Michael Holquist. Austin: U Texas P, 1981.
  • Balibar, Etienne, et Immanuel Wallerstein. Race, nation, classe: Les Identités ambigues. La Découverte, 1988.
  • Barthes, Roland. S/Z. Seuil, 1970.
  • -----. Le Plaisir du texte.  Seuil, 1973.
  • -----. Le Bruissement de la langue. Seuil, 1984.
  • -----. L'Aventure sémiologique.  Seuil, 1985.
  • Bataille, Georges. L'Érotisme. MInuit, 1957.
  • Bernheimer, Charles, and Claire Kahane, eds., In Dora's Case: Freud-Hysteria-Feminism. New York: Columbia UP, 1985.
  • Bersani, Leo. The Freudian Body: Psychoanalysis and Art. NY: Columbia UP, 1986
  • Bhabha, Homi, ed., Nation and Narration. NY: Routledge, 1990.
  • Blanchot, Maurice. Le Livre à venir. Gallimard, 1959.
  • Bloom, Harold. The Anxiety of Influence: A Theory of Poetry. London: Oxford UP, 1975.
  • Booth, Wayne. The Rhetoric of Fiction. Chicago: U Chicago P, 191.
  • Bourdieu, Pierre. Les Règles de l'art: Genèse et strtucture du champ littéraire. Seuil, 1992.
  • Butler, Judith. Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity. NY: Routledge, 1990.
  • Chartier, Roger. L'Ordre des livres. Alinéa, 1992.
  • Cixous, Hélène, et Catherine Clément, La jeune née.  Union générale d'éditions, 1975.
  • Deguy, Michel. La Poésie n'est pas seule: Court traité de poétique. Seuil, 1987.
  • de Man, Paul. Allegories of Reading: Figural Language in Rousseau, Nietzsche, Rilke, and Proust. New Haven: Yale UP, 1979.
  • Derrida, Jacques. Marges de la philosophie. Minuit,1972.
  • Eco, Umberto. A Theory of Semiotics. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1975.
  • Empson, William. Seven Types of Ambiguity. NY: New Directions, 1947.
  • Feldstein, Richard, and Henry Sussman, eds., Psychoanalysis and... NY: Routledge, 1990.
  • Feldstein, Richard, and Judith Roof, eds., Femninism and Psychoanalysis. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1989.
  • Felman, Shoshana, ed. Literature and Psychoanalysis: The Question of Reading, Otherwise. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1982.
  • Fish, Stanley. Is There a Text in This Class? The Authority of Interpretive Communities. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 1980.
  • Foucault, Michel. Histoire de la folie à l'âge classique. Gallimard, 1972.
  • -----. Surveiller et punir: Naissance de la prison. Gallimard, 1975.
  • Gates, Henry Louis, Jr., ed., "Race," Writing and Difference. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1986.
  • Greene, Gayle, and Coppelia Kahn, eds. Changing Subjects: The Making of Feminist Literary Criticism. London: Routledge, 1993.
  • Guillory, John. Cultural Capital: The Problem of Literary Canon Formation. Chicago: U Chicago P, 1993.
  • Harari, Josué V., ed. Textual Strategies: Perspectives in Post-Structuralist Criticism. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1979.
  • Irigaray, Luce. Speculum de l'autre femme. Minuit, 1974.
  • Jameson, Fredric. The Prison-House of Language: A Critical Account of Structuralism and Russian Formalism. Princeton:  Princeton UP, 1972.
  • Jauss, Hans Robert. Toward an Aesthetic of Reception, trans. Timothy Bahti. Minneapolis: U Minnesota P, 1982.
  • Kristeva, Julia. Shmeiwtkh: Recherches pour une sémanalyse.  Seuil, 1969.
  • Lacan, Jacques. Le Séminaire livre VII: L'Ethique de la psychanalyse. Seuil, 1986.
  • Laplanche, Jean, and J.-B. Pontalis, Fantasme originaire/Fantasme des origines/Origines du fantasme. Hachette, 1985.
  • Lyotard, Jean-François. L'Inhumain: Causeries sur le temps. Galilée, 1988..
  • Macherey, Pierre. Pour une théorie de la production littéraire. Maspero, 1966.
  • Marin, Louis. La Critique du Discours: Sur la "Logique de Port-Royal" et les "Pensées" de Pascal. Minuit, 1975.
  • Mukerji, Chandra, and Michael Schudson, eds., Rethinking Popular Culture: Contemporary Perspectives in Cultural Studies. Berkeley: U California P, 1991.
  • Riffaterre, Michael. Semiotics of Poetry. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1978.
  • Said, Edward W. Orientalism. NY: Vintage, 1979.
  • Sartre, Jean-Paul. Qu'est-ce que la littérature? Gallimard, 1985.
  • Todorov, Tzvetan. "Poétique," in Oswald Ducrot et al.,  Qu'est-ce que le structuralisme?, 99-166.  Seuil, 1968.
  • Tompkins, Jane, ed. Reader-Response Criticism: From Formalism to Post-Structuralism. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1980.
  • Wallace, Michelle, ed., Black Popular Culture. Seattle: Bay Press, 1992.
  • Weed, Elizabeth, ed., Coming to Terms: Feminism, Theory, Politics. NY: Routledge, 1990.
  • Wittig, Monique. The Straight Mind and Other Essays. Boston: Beacon Press, 1992.
  • Zizek, Slavoj. The Sublime Object of Ideology. London: Verso, 1989

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