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Literature in English: Literary Theory

Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory & Criticism

This online reference source is an excellent place to begin if you are struggling to understand a type of theory or the work of a theorist.

Year's Work in Critical & Cultural Theory


Print Reference Books

Auger, Peter.  The Anthem Dictionary of Literary Terms and Theory.  King Reference | PN41 .A94 2010.

Hawthorn, Jeremy.  A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory.  King Reference | PN44.5 .H37 2000.

Ryan, Michael, ed.  The Encyclopedia of Literary and Cultural Theory.  King Reference | PN81 .E435 2011.  Three volumes.

Wolfreys, Julian, ed.  The Continuum Encyclopedia of Modern Criticism and Theory.  King Reference | PN94 .C695 2002.

Theory from Other Disciplines

Sometimes it's hard to find resources to understand a literary theory when it's "borrowed" from another discipline.  The next couple of boxes give some resources for where to look for theory that comes from outside the literature discipline.




Cultural Studies

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