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- A Celebration Of Women Writers
From the Department of French Studies at the University of Toronto. Its mission is to "advance concrete investigation, rather than purely abstract, theoretical or subjective efforts for. . .applied semiotics is considered here to encompass research on communicative structures and processes observable in actual literary (or other) texts."
The Association for the Study of Literature and Environment promotes the exchange of ideas and information pertaining to literature that considers the relationship between human beings and the natural world.
Celebration of Women Writers
Works by women writers and an extensive listing of links to biographical and bibliographical information. Browse by author, century, country, or ethnicity.
- Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought
An electronic journal of Marxist Theory and Practice.
Deconstruction: Some Assumptions
Essay by John Lye.
An essay extracted from The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism.
"An anthology of ecological, philosophical, spiritual, economic, religious and cultural articles, editorials and reviews exploring the values of the planetary Ecosphere, itsecosystems, communities and wild species - as the natural and time-tested source of a new and compelling 'Earth Ethic' for humanity."
Currently contains links to over 650 postmodern theory resources, sites, and journals.
Feminae: Medieval Women and Gender Index
Index "covers journal articles, book reviews, and essays in books about women, sexuality, and gender during the Middle Ages."
Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory
Includes information on different literary genres, specific historical periods, pedagogical issues, politics and literature, and literarytheory.
Forms of Reading: Recovering the Self-as-Reader
A 1996 paper which questions theoretical claims that there is nothing intrinsically literary about literary texts and examines some empirial studies that appear to support a formalist postition.
This Staford University website provides an introduction to the life and work of the poststructural Marxist critic.
From the Stanford University Presidental lectures series, an introduction to the work, and links to other resources.
Collection of sites focusing on the leading exponents of postmodernism, including Antonin Artaud Jacques Derrida Michel Foucault Jacques Lacan Samuel L. Weber Laurence Rickels and Vilem Flusser.
Imperial archive: Literature and Postcolonialism
"This site provides information for all those interested in the influence of the British imperial process on literature of the 19th and 20th centuries. Using colonial discourse and post-colonial theory as a point of departure, some pages examine the British idea of 'Empire' and the colonial enterprise in a selected range of 19th-century authors and their work others consider 20th-century texts, in an attempt to understand how imperialism affected literary texts produced in Britain's former colonies."
Institute of Postcolonial Studies (IPCS)
This site features an extensive collection of links related to postcolonialism.
Introduction to Modern Literary Thoery
Brief essays on literary theorys and trends, references for further reading, and suggested websites.
Stanford University website contains overviews of Derrida and deconstruction, and includes a bibliography, excerpts, and links to interviews.
Johns Hopkins Guide to Literary Theory and Criticism
Easy full-text searches and swift navigation for finding the connections between theories, theorists, and ideas.
Jouvert: a Journal of Postcolonial Studies
Jouvert describes itself as "a refereed, multi-disciplinary journal published on the World Wide Web tri-annually. It thus offers a widely accessible--indeed, international--forum for the interrogation of textual, cultural and political postcolonialisms." Each issue features 6-10 essays and articles, perhaps some creative writing, and an annotated list of books received.
"LiteraryHistory is an index to full-text internet published articles covering more than 250 major American and British writers. Our links take you directly to thousands of thought-provoking articles by scholars, critics and poets, all screened by a literary scholar."
Provides links to numberous web resources.
Marxist Media Theory
In Britain and Europe, neo-Marxist approaches were common among media theorists from the late '60s until the early '80s, and Marxist influences, though less dominant, remain widespread. . . These notes are intended to provide a guide to some key concepts.
A brief online seminar from Illinois State University.
Marxists Internet Archive
Contains the texts of books and pamphlets by Mark, Engels, Lenin, Trotsky, and others.
Media, Gender, and Identity Resources
Resources on a variety of theorists and schools of theory. Includes articles, bibliographies, and links ot other resources.
Narratology: a Guide to the Theory of the Narrative
A survey from Poems, Plays, and Prose: a Guide to Literary Theory by Manfred Jahn, University of Cologne.
Postmodernism and its Critics
Definitions of terms, bibliographies, links to postmodernism resources, and more, from an anthropological point of view..
Reader Response: Empirical Research on Literary Reading
This site from the University of Alberta, Canada, is devoted to empirical studies of literary reading and associated theoretical issues. Contains online essays, bibliography, links to relevant websites.
Directory of links grouped according to categories which include: Primers, Resources, Corollary Sites, Conferences, General Readings, Critical Theorists, and Communication Theory. From the University of Colorado at Denver School of Education.
Semiotics for Beginners
A guide to semiotics from the perspective of media studies. Contains a number of relevant links.
Sites of Significance for Semiotics
Provides links to relevant online resources.
Some Elementts of Structuralism and its Application to Literary Theory
An overview of structuralism.
Studies in Classic American Literature by D. H. Lawrence
A hypertext edition.
Wildernet: Wilderness and the American Imagination
A web page created by members of the Fall, 1995 Yale American Studies Seminar, "Wilderness and the American Imagination."
Wolfgang Iser: An Introduction
A Stanford University website dealing life and work of the German literary theorist.
Women Writers: A Zine
An e-journal featuring critical articles, book reviews, interviews, poetry and fiction, and link collections.