Reading List

Writing on Writing: Literary Theory Reading List


Explore the world of words with these pivotal texts on Literary Theory!

A true understanding of Marx’s work requires a careful study of his literary choices.

Nearly Everything We Think We Know about Greek Tragedy Is Wrong. This Is Why.

Fredric Jameson takes on the allegorical form.

A sweeping new theory of world literature through a study of Palestinian and Israeli fiction from the 1940s to the present.

The prophetic poetry of slavery and its abolition.

New and illuminating set of analyses of literature from one of France’s most important living philosophers.

One of our most vital and incisive writers on literature, feminism, and knowing one’s self.

How poetry and revolution meshed in Red China.

Groundbreaking work of philosophy and Russian Literary criticism from one of the most important thinkers of his generation.

A leading German scholar reveals his astonishing discovery about Nabokov’s influential novel.

A lyrical and thought-provoking record of the last year in the life of the Nobel Prize–winning novelist.

A bold new vision of the modern English novel

A National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist. What Has Happened to Fiction in the Age of Platform Capitalism?

Essential essays on key Marxist writers from a leading political thinker.

A seminal text in literary theory available in English for the first time.

A groundbreaking collection of essays by the esteemed Brazilian literary critic.

The master of literary theory takes on the master of the detective novel.

Works of Wilde’s annus mirabilis of 1891 in one volume, with an introduction by renowned British playwright Neil Bartlett.