Up to Snuff #134: Book list Literary Theory & books that support theory #1

By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu

Literary Theory will need a scaffolding of supporting books

Upon which all of one’s analysis will have a basis

Or connection

Upon which to stand

Some books will be relevant to specifically this target of support

Wordsworth, William. “Preface to Lyrical Ballads.” Famous Prefaces., Bartelby.com

Plato Republic

Aristotle, “Poetics”

Victor Shklovsky

Roman Jakobson

Victor Erlich  Russian Formalism History-Doctrine

Yuri Tynyanov

John Crowe Ransom  The New Criticism

I.A. Richards

William Empson

T.S. Eliot

Allen Tate

Cleanth Brooks

R.S. Crane   Critics and Criticism:  Ancient and Modern

Elder Olson

Norman Maclean

W.R. Keast

Wayne C. Booth   The Rhetoric of Fiction

Sigmund Freud

Carl Jung  Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious

Maud Bodkin   Archetypal Patterns in Poetry

Bettina Knapp   Music, Archetype and the Writer

Richard Sugg  Jungian Literary Criticism

Peter Rabinowitz   Before Reading

Stanley Fish   Is there a text in this class?  The Authority of Interpretive Communities

Elizabeth Freund  The Return of the Reader, Reader-Response Criticism

Norman Holland   The Dynamics of Literary Response, 1968

Louise Rosenblatt

Wolfgang Iser, The Implied Reader, The Implied Reader:  Patterns of Communication in Prose Fiction from Bunyan to Beckett, 1974

Hans Robert Jauss


Immanual Kant

Rene Descartes

John Locke

Friedrich Nietzsche

Ihab Hassan The Dismemberment of Orpheus


John Fowles The French Lieutenant’s Woman

Naked Lunch William S. Burroughs

Roland Barthes

Gargantua and Pantegruel

Deleuze and Guattari   Rhizome

Jean-Francois Lyotard  The Postmodern Condition

Michele Foucault The Foccault Reader

Stephen Toulmin Cosmopolis

Martin Heidegger  Basic Writings

Paul Cilliers   Complexity and Postmodernity

Post Modernity-  The Local/Global Context

Angela Carter-Burning your boats, stories for 1962-1993

Kathy Acker-  Blood and Guts in High School

Paul Auster-  City of Glass

Lynne Tillman- Haunted Houses

David Wojnarowicz-The Waterfront Journals

Charles Sanders Peirce

Ferdinand de Saussure   Course in General Linguistics

Claude Levi-Strauss  The Elementary Structure of Kinship, “The Structural Study of Myth”

Northrop Frye- Anatomy of Criticism:  Four Essays

Noam Chomsky Syntactic Structures, Aspects of the Theory of Syntax

Roland Bathes-Critical Essays, Mythologies

Umberto Eco-The Role of the Reader

Michel Foucault The Order of Things, The Archeology of Human Sciences

Clifford Geertz  The Interpretation of Cultures, Deep Play, Notes on the Balinese Cock Fight

Hayden White, Metahistory, The Politics of Historical Interpretation, Discipline and De-Sublimation

Stephen Greenblatt- Renaissance Self Fashioning:  From More to Shakepeare

Pierre Bourdieu- Outline of a Theory of Practice, Homo Academicus, The Field of Cultural Production

Luce Irigaray  Speculum of the Other Woman

Helene Cixous-The Laugh of the Medusa

Laura Mulvey-Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema

Michel Foucault-The History of Sexuality

Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick-Epistemology of the Closet

Lee Edelman-Homographesis

Michael Warner

Judith Butler-Imitation and gender in subordination

Mary Wollstonecraft-A Vindication of the Rights of Woman

Simone de Beauvoir-Le Deuxieme Sexe

Julia Kristeva-About Chinese Women

Elaine Showalter-A Literature of Their Own, Toward Feminist Poetics

Deborah E. McDowell, New Directions for Black Feminist Criticism

Alice Walker, In search of Our Mothers Gardens

Lillian S. Robinson, Treason Our Text, Feminist Challenges to the Literary Canon

Camille Paglia-Sexual Personae, The Androgyne in Literature and Art

Lois Tyson-Critical Theory Today- A User Friendly Guide

Daniel Defoe Robinson Crusoe

Chinua Achebe Things Fall Apart

Ngugi wa Thiong’o-the River Between

Edward Said  Orientalism, Culture and Imperialism

Kamau Brathwaite, The History of the Voice

Gayatri Spivak, In Other Worlds, Essays in Cultural Politics

Dominick LaCapra-The Bounds of Race:  Perspectives on Hegemony and Resistance

Homi Bhabha-The Location of Culture

 Sembene Ousmane-God’s Bits of Wood

Ruth Prawer Jhabvala-Heat and Dust

Buchi Emecheta-The Joys of Motherhood

Keri Hulme-The bone People

Robertson Davies-What’s Bred in the bone

Kazuo Ishiguro-The remains of the day

Bharati Mukherjee-Jasmine

Jill Ker Conway-The Road from Coorain

Helena Norberg-Hodge- Ancient Futures:  Learning form Ladakh

Michael Ondaatje-The English Patient

Gita Mehta-A River Sutra

Arundhati Roy-The God of Small Things

Patrick Chamoiseau-Texaco

Lawrence Buell The Environmental Imagination:  Thoreau, Nature Writing and the Formation of American Culture

Charles Bressler-Literary an Introduction to Theory and Practice

Cheryll Glotfelty and Harold Fromm-The Ecocriticism Reader, Landmarks in Literary Ecology

Greg Garrard-Ecocriticism

Donna Haraway-A Cyborg Manifesto, Science, Technology, and Socialist-Feminism in the Late Twentieth Century

ISLE-Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and the Environment (Journal)

Joseph Makus-The Comedy of Survival, Literary Ecology and a Play Ethic

Leo Marx-The Machine in the Garden, Technology and the Pastoral Ideal in America

Raymond Williams-The Country and the City

Edward Abbey  Desert Solitaire

Appalachian Wilderness

The Monkey Wrench Gang

Mary Hunter Austin

The Land of Little Rain

Rachel Carson

Silent Spring

Aldo Leopold

A Sand Country Almanac and sketches Here and there

Johon Muir

A thousand mile walk to the gulf

Studies in the Sierra

Henry David Thoreau

Walden, or Life in the woods

Williams Wordworth

Lyrical Ballads, with a Few Other Poems

Lyrical Ballads, with Other Poems

Delgado, Richard and Jean Stefancic.  Critical Race Theory:  An introduction

Bell, Derrick, Who’s Afraid of Critical Race Theory

Crenshaw, Kimberle   et al. Critical Race Theory:  The Key Writings that Formed the Movement

Davis, Peggy  Law as Micoaggression

Gates, Henry Louis   The Signifying Monkey  A Theory of African American Literary Criticism

Harris, Cheryl  Whiteness as Property, Harvard Law Review 106.8 (1993)

Hooks, Bell  Feminist Theory, From the Margins to the Center

Lipsitz, George  The Possessive Investment in Whiteness, How white people profit from identity politics

Spillers, Hortense  Mama’s Baby, Papa’s Maybe An American Grammar Book

Williams, Patricia   Seeing a Color blind Future:  the Paradox of Race

Contours of Ableism  by Fiona Kumari Campbell

Concerto for the Left Hand   By Michael Davidson

Enforcing Normalcy   Lennard J. Davis

The Birth of the Clinic and Madness and Civilization  Michel Foucault

Extraordinary Bodies and Staring, How we look,  Rosemarie Garland Thomson

Feminist, Queer, Crip   Alison Kafer

Bodies of Modernism  Maren Tova Linett

Narrative Prosthesis  and Cultural Locations of Disability  Sharon L. Snyder and David T. Mitchell

A Disability History of the United States  Kim Nielsen

Aesthetic Nervousness  Ato Quayson

Deafening Modernism  Rebecca Sanchez

Disability Aestehics and disability Theory  Tobin Siebers

The Question of Access  Tanya Titchkosky

Berube, Michael  Disability and Narrative

Davis, Lennard  Constructing Normalcy, The Bell Curve and the Invention of the Disabled Body in the Nineteenth Century  The Disabilities Studies Reader

Garland-Thomson, Rosemarie   Integrating Disability, Transforming Feminist Theory, Disabilities Studies Reader

Mitchell, David and Sharon Snyder, Narrative Prosthesis:  Disability and Dependencies of Discourse, U of Michigan P, 2000

Shakespeare, Tom, The Social Model of Disability   The Disability Studies Reader

Karl Marx- Communist Manifesto

Das Kapital

Consciousness Derived From Material Conditions  from the German Ideology

On Greek Art in its time – from a Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy

Leon Trotsky-Literature and Revolution

Georg Lukacs-Ideology of Modernism

Walter Benjamin-The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

Theodor Adorno

Louis Althusser-Reading Capital

Terry Eagleton-Marxism and Literary Criticism, Criticism and Ideology

Frederic Jameson-Marxism and Form, The Political Unconscious

Jurgen Habermas-The Philosophical Discourse of Modernity


Sandra Gilbert

Susan Gubers

Ezra Pound Poet Critic

I.A. Richards Practical Critic

William Empson’s 7 Types of Ambiguity

Yvor Winters the Morality of Poetry

Cleanth Brooks Robert Penn Warrens  Understanding Poetry

Allen Tates  Miss Early and the Bibliographer

John Crowe Ransoms The New Criticism

Cleanth Brooks The Well Wrought Urn

T.S. Eliot The Sacred Wood

William K. Wimsatt

Monroe Beardsleys the Intentional Fallacy

T.S. Eliot Wasteland

Animal Farm

The flame and the Flower

Kathleen E. Wood

The Great Gatsby

 Pride and Prejudice

Black Beauty

Treasure Island

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn


The book theif Markus Zusak

Man’s Art Speigelman


All the light we can see Anthony Doerr

Mikhail Baktin

Franz Kafka

They Flee From one  Anne Boleyns

A Valediction Forbidding Mourning John Dome

Kepler Galileo

Werner Herzog

The New Criticism and Contemporary Literary Theory

Praising it New:  The Best of the New Criticism

Majorie Levinson  New Formalism and Analysis of Text First

Kenneth Burke et all Moral Readings

Reason and Emotion

R.P. Blackmer

William Wimsatt

Monroe Beardsley

I.A. Richards  What do they mean who do they know analysis

William Epson   7 Types of Ambiguity

Andrew Marvell

Understanding Poetry

Horation Ode

Cranwells Return from Ireland

Kafka Franz  The Metamorphosis

Frantz Fanon  Black Skin, White Masks

Angelo Ancheta

Andrew Hacker, Two Nations, Black and White Separate, Hostile, Unequal

Ishmael Reed,  O.J. Bias Black and White

Report of the National Advisory Commission on Civil disorders

Gary Y. Okihiro, Margins and Mainstreams, Asians in American History and Culture

Frank H. Wu Neither Black nor white Asian Americans and Affirmative Action

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