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Term 3: reading and using theory

Lecture 1: History and Contextualization

Lecture slides available here.

Peter Barry, ‘New historicism and cultural materialism’, Beginning Theory: An Introduction to Literary and Cultural Theory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 3rd ed. 2009), 166-84.

Roland Barthes, Sur Racine (Paris: Seuil, 1963).

–––– , Essais critiques (Paris: Seuil, 1964).

­­­–––– , ‘Le discours de l’histoire’ [1967], in Le Bruissement de la langue (Paris: Seuil, 1984), 163-77.

Hans Bertens, ‘Reading for Form 2: French structuralism, 1950-75’, Literary Theory: The Basics (London: Routledge, 2nd ed. 2008), 41-60.

Colin Davis, After Poststructuralism: Reading, Stories and Theory (London: Routledge, 2004), 11-21.

Oliver Davis, Jacques Rancière (Cambridge: Polity, 2010), 57-73.

Jacques Derrida, Of Grammatology (Paris: Minuit, 1967).

Jonathan Dollimore & Alan Sinfield, Political Shakespeare: New Essays in Cultural Materialism (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2nd ed. 1994); Introduction.

Raymond Picard, La Carrière de Jean Racine (Paris: Gallimard, 2nd ed. 1961).

Jacques Rancière, Les Noms de l’histoire: essai de poétique du savoir (Paris: Seuil, 1992).

Lecture 2


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Barthes, Roland, ‘La mort de l’auteur’, in Le Bruissement de la langue (Paris : Éditions du Seuil, 1984), pp. 61-67

--------------, S/Z (Paris: Éditions du Seuil, 1970)

Boozer, Jack, ed., Authorship in Film Adaptation (Austin: University of Texas Press, 2008)

Burke, Séan, ‘Introduction: Reconstructing the Author’, in Authorship: From Plato to the Postmodern: A Reader, ed. Séan Burke (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1995), pp. xv–xxx

--------------, The Death and the Return of the Author: Criticism and Subjectivity in Barthes, Foucault and Derrida (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1998)

Caughie, John, ed., Theories of Authorship: A Reader (London and New York: Routledge, 1981)

Foucault, Michel, ‘Qu’est-ce qu’un auteur?’, in Dits et écrits 1954-1988 : I 1954-1969, ed. Daniel Defert, François Ewald and Jacques Lagrange (Paris: Gallimard, 1994), pp. 789-821

Virginie Greene, ed., The Medieval Author in Medieval French Literature (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2006)

Hadjiafxendi, Kyriaki and Polina Mackay, eds, Authorship in Context: From the Theoretical to the Material (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2007)

Wimsatt Jr., William K., The Verbal Icon: Studies in the Meaning of Poetry and two preliminary essays written in collaboration with Monroe C. Beardsley (Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 1954)

Lecture 3

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L. Bersani, A Future for Astyanax: Character and Desire in Literature (Boston: Little, Brown & Co., 1976).

M. Bowie, ‘Jacques Lacan’ ,in J. Sturrock (ed.), Structuralism and Since: From Lévi-Strauss to Derrida (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1979).

-----, Psychoanalysis and the Future of Theory (Oxford: Blackwell, 1993).

T. Eagleton, ‘Psychoanalysis’ (chapter 5), Literary Theory: An Introduction (Oxford: Blackwell, 1983). Available as an electronic extract here.

S. Freud, Art and Literature (London: Penguin, 1988).

G. Hartman (ed.), Psychoanalysis and the Question of the Text (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins, 1979).

S. Rimmon-Kenan (ed.), Discourse in Psychoanalysis and Literature (London: Routledge, 1987).

E. Wright, Psychoanalytic Criticism. Theory in Practice (London: Methuen, 1984).

General further reading for Term 3

Barry, Peter, Beginning Theory: an introduction to literary and cultural theory (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2009)

Bennett, Andrew and Nicholas Royle, Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (Harlow: Prentice Hall, 1995; second edition 1999)

Cuddon, J A, Dictionary of Literary Terms and Literary Theory (London: Penguin, 1998)

Rappaport, Herman, The literary theory toolkit [electronic resource] : a compendium of concepts and methods (Chichester : Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Available via the library catalogue.