Taken from Louis Menand's undergraduate Harvard English class on literary theory. In order, the readings listed here pair well with those listed in part 1. Most of these texts are accessible free online or in the Norton Anthology of Literary Theory, a fantastic resource.
  1. James Simpson, Introduction to Under the Hammer
  2. Jacques Derrida, from "Plato's Pharmacy," in Dissemination
  3. Friedrich Nietzsche, from The Birth of Tragedy
  4. Clifford Geertz, "Notes on the Balinese Cockfight"
  5. Immanuel Kant, from The Critique of Pure Judgment
  6. Eric Auerbach, "Figura"
  7. Paul de Man, "Semiology and Rhetoric"
  8. Bertholt Brecht, "A Short Organum for the Theatre"
  9. Michel Foucault, "What is an Author?"
  10. Orhan Pamuk, from The Naïve and Sentimental Novelist
  11. Ezra Pound, A Retrospect
  12. Pierre Bourdieu, from Distinction
  13. Barbara Johnson, "Strange Fits," from A World of Difference
  14. George Lukács, from Theory of the Novel, chapters 1, 3-5
  15. Lionel Trilling, "The Modern Element in Modern Literature"
  16. Susan Sontag, "Against Interpretation," in Against Interpretation
  17. Blakey Vermeule, "The Cognitive Dimension," in Why Do We Care about Literary Characters?
  18. Hans-Georg Gadamer, "The Elevation of the Historicity of Understanding of the Status of a Hermeneutic Principle," in Truth and Method
  19. Harold Bloom, "The Belatedness of Strong Poetry," in A Map of Misreading
  20. Edward Said, Introduction to Orientalism
  21. Stanley Fish, "What Makes an Interpretation Acceptable?" in Is There a Text in This Class?
  22. Ferdinand de Saussure, from Course in General Linguistics
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