Cultural Theory and Schools of Criticism
Bibliography of Selected Resources
An integral part of interdisciplinary writing and research is the engaging of various theories and schools of criticism. Different critical and theoretical approaches can offer unique insights and perspectives to the issue or topic you are interested in studying. To successfully employ different theoretical approaches it is important to first familiarize yourself with them. Below is a list of resources concerning different theories and schools of criticism to help you get started. This list is not comprehensive but should provide a valuable jumping off point.
Books Available Through Sherrod Library
Alcoff, Linda Martin, and Eva Feder Kittay, eds. The Blackwell Guide to Feminist Philosophy. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2007. [HQ1190. B575 2007]
Belsey, Catherine. Post-Structuralism: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. [B841. 4. B45 2002]
Connor, Steven, ed. The Cambridge Companion to Postmodernism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004. [B831. 2. C36 2004]
Downing, Lisa. The Cambridge Introduction to Michel Foucaul. Cambridge: Cambridge Univesity Press, 2008. [B2430. F724 D69 2008]
Emmanuel, Steven M., ed. The Blackwell Guide to the Modern Philosophers: From Descartes to Nietzche. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2001. [B791. B53 2001]
Gray, Ann. Research Practice for Cultural Studies: Ethnographic Methods and Lived Cultures. London: Sage, 2003. [HM623. G73 2003]
Herman, Andrew, and Thomas Swiss, eds. The World Wide Web and Contemporary Cultural Theory. New York: Routledge, 2000. [HM621. W67 2000]
McComiskey, Bruce, ed. English Studies: An Introduction to the Discipline(s). Urbana, IL: National Council of Teachers of English, 2006. [PE1072. E57 2006]
Strickland, Geoffrey. Structuralism or Criticism?: Thoughts on How We Read. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1981. [PQ71. S84]
eBooks Available Through Sherrod Library
Bealey, Frank. The Blackwell Dictionary of Political Science: A User's Guide to its Terms. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 1999. [netLibrary; no call number]
Brooker, Peter. A Glossary of Cultural Theory. London: Arnold, 2003. [netLibrary; no call number]
Burgett, Bruce, and Glenn Handler, eds. Keywords for American Cultural Studies. New York: New York University, 2007. [PE1449. K49 2007eb eBook]
Enos, Theresa, ed. Beyond Postprocess and Postmodernism: Essays on the Spaciousness of Rhetoric. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2003. [PE1404. B495 2003eb eBook]
Finlayson, Alan, and Jeremy Valentine, eds. Politics and Post-Structuralism: An Introduction. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University, 2002. [B1616. S87 P65 2002eb eBook]
Highmore, Ben. Everyday Life and Cultural Theory: An Introduction. London, Routledge, 2002. [BD431. H475 2002eb eBook]
Johnson, Allan G. The Blackwell Dictionary of Sociology: A User's Guide to Sociological Language. Malden, MA: Blackwell Publishers, 2000. [netLibrary; no call number]
Marinetto, Michael. Social Theory, The State and Modern Society: The State in Contemporary Social Thought. New York: Open University Press, 2007. [JA83. M37 2007eb eBook]
McGowan, Kate. Key Issues in Critical and Cultural Theory. New York: McGraw Hill, 2007. [HM480. M34 2007eb eBook]
Milner, Andrew. Contemporary Cultural Theory. Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, 2002. [netLibrary; no call number]
Articles Available Online
Aggers, Ben. "Critical Theory, Postculturalism, Postmodernism: Their Sociological Relevance." Annual Review of Sociology 17 (1991): 105-131. [JSTOR]
Castro-Gómez, Santiago. "Traditional vs. Critical Cultural Theory." Translated by Francisco González and Andre Moskowitz. Cultural Critique 49 (Fall 2001): 139-154. [JSTOR]
Elliot, J.E. "From Language to Medium: A Small Apology for Cultural Theory as Challenge to Cultural Studies." New Literary History 39, no. 3 (Summer 1998): 385-413. [Project MUSE]
Handwerker, W. Penn. "The Construct of Validity of Cultures: Cultural Diversity, Cultural Theory, and a Method for Ethnography." American Anthropologist 104, no. 1 (March 2002): 106-122. [JSTOR]
Hollan, Douglas. "Constructivist Models of Mind, Contemporary Psychoanalysis, and the Development of Culture Theory." American Anthropologist 102, no. 3 (September 2000): 538- 550. [JSTOR]
Kahn, Rimi. "Reading Cultural Studies, Reading Foucault." Postmodern Culture 15, no. 1 (September 2004). [Project MUSE]
Lee, Orvill. "Social Theory Across Disciplinary Boundaries: Cultural Studies and Sociology." Sociological Forum 14, no. 4 (December 1999): 547-581. [JSTOR]
Lye, John. "Contemporary Literary Theory." Brock Review 2, no. 1 (1993): 90-106. http://www.brocku.ca/english/courses/2P70/contemporary_literary_theory.php
Nicholls, Angus. "Goethe and Twentieth-Century Theory: An Introduction." Goethe Yearbook 16 (2009): 163-172. [Project MUSE]
Pickford, Henry W. "Critical Models: Adorno's Theory and Practice of Cultural Criticism." Yale Journal of Criticism 10, no. 2 (Fall 1997): 247-270. [Project MUSE]
Shankar, Subramanian. "Midnight's Orphans, or A Postcolonialism Worth Its Name." Cultural Critique 56 (Winter 2004): 64-95. [Project MUSE]
Smagorinsky, Peter. "If Meaning Is Constructed, What Is It Made From? Toward a Cultural Theory of Reading." Review of Education Research 71, no. 1 (Spring 2001): 133-169. [SAGE]
Cultural Critique. Triennial. University of Minnesota Press. Autmn 1985- Autumn 2006. [available through JSTOR; 2007-2010 available through Project MUSE]
Cultural Studies, Critical Methodologies.Quarterly, Sage Publications. February 2001- August 2010. [available through SAGE Journals Online]
Other Voices: The eJournal of Cultural Criticism. University of Pennsylvania. http://www.othervoices.org/index.php
Postmodern Culture. Triennial. September 1990- September 2009. http://pmc.iath.virginia.edu/ [available through Project MUSE]
Brown, Douglas, and Douglas Kellner. Illuminations: The Critical Theory Website. University of Texas Austin. http://www.uta.edu/huma/illuminations/.
Critical Theory Institute. Critical Theory Resources. University of California Irvine. http://www.humanities.uci.edu/critical/resources.html.
Department of Anthropology. Anthropological Theories: A Guide Prepared by Students for Students. University of Alabama. http://www.as.ua.edu/ant/cultures/cultures.php.
Felluga, Dino. Introductory Guide to Critical Theory. Purdue University. http://www.cla.purdue.edu/english/theory/.
Groden, Michael, Martin Kreiwirth, and Imre Szeman, eds. The John Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism. The John Hopkins University Press. http://litguide.press.jhu.edu/.
Laga, Barry. Critical Reading: An Introduction to Literary Theory and Criticism. Mesa State College. http://mesastate.edu/~blaga/theoryindex/theoryhomex.html.
Lynch, Jack. Literary Resources on the Net. Rutgers University. http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit/.
Siegel, Kristi. Introduction to Modern Literary Theory. http://www.kristisiegel.com/theory.
Suber, Peter. Guide to Philosophy on the Internet. Earlham College. http://www.earlham.edu/~peters/philinks.htm.
Tipton, Roberta, and Rebecca Pressman. A Guide to Literary Theory. Rutgers University Libraries. http://www.libraries.rutgers.edu/rul/rr_gateway/dana_class_guides/lit_theory.shtml