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  Critical Theory Resources    

Wellek Library Lecturer Bibliographies
The Annual Wellek Library Lecture Series at the University of California, Irvine was inaugurated in 1981 by the Critical Theory Institute as a tribute to Professor René Wellek and in support of new scholarship. In the Spring of every year, a distinguished critic defends his or her critical stance over the course of three lectures. In 1985, Dr. Eddie Yeghiayan began the tradition of compiling bibliographies detailing not only the work of each lecturer, but much of the related secondary literature as well. Today, UCI research librarians continue to compile extensive bibliographies of each lecturer's work. These links to these bibliographies, as originally published, appear below. In addition, visitors have the ability to conduct keyword or phrase searches within the bibliographies published between 1981 and 2002. Special thanks to Dr. Eddie Yeghiayan who prepared the Wellek Library Lecturer bibliographies through 2002, and to John Novak who took over in 2003.

UCI Critical Theory Institute Audio and Video Recordings
This collection primarily comprises audio and video recordings of selected events held at the Critical Theory Institute (CTI) at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Events include the Irvine Lectures in Critical Theory and the Wellek Library Lectures, as well as other lectures, conferences, and discussion sessions organized by CTI. The collection also contains several lectures given off campus by UCI faculty associated with CTI.

UCI Critical Theory Resource, Special Collections
Sponsored by the UCI Library's Department of Special Collections and Archives, this resource features many scholarly bibliographies prepared by former Critical Theory and Philosophy Bibliographer Eddie Yeghiayan.

UCI Critical Theory Archive
The Archive includes collections of manuscripts and other personal papers of prominent theorists including CTI members Jacques Derrida, Wolfgang Iser, and J. Hillis Miller, as well as Paul de Man, Stanley Fish, Ihab Hassan, Murray Krieger, René Wellek, among others.

CTI Publications

Critical Theory Emphasis Program
Sue Showler: (949) 824-6720, showler@uci.edu

UCI Libraries Home Page

Critical Theory Research

Voice of the Shuttle
Humanities Research site of UC, Santa Barbara


Jacues Derrida: Derrida/Translating/Derrida
UC Irvine Libraries’ spring 2002 exhibit, Derrida/Translating/Derrida, which celebrated the extraordinary scholarly career of Jacques Derrida. Professor Derrida was both one of the pre-eminent philosophers and theorists of our time and one of UCI’s most renowned faculty members. The Libraries take particular pride in the fact that the Critical Theory Archive in our Department of Special Collections and Archives is home to Professor Derrida’s scholarly papers, from which the materials in the exhibit were selected.

The Jacques Derrida Papers at the UCI Critical Theory Archive
This collection is comprised of manuscripts, typescripts, recordings, photographs, and an extensive clippings file documenting the professional career of Jacques Derrida and providing comprehensive documentation of his activities as a student, teacher, scholar, and public figure. In addition, Derrida's files on the 1988 controversy regarding Paul de Man's World War II-era writings are also included. Best known for the development of "deconstruction," Derrida was trained as a philosopher, but his work engages and transverses numerous other discourses such as literature, politics, law, religion, psychoanalysis, and ethnography. Ranging from his early work as a student to his recent seminars, the material in the archive spans from circa 1946 to 2000. The collection contains numerous pages of notes and written reports that reflect Derrida's academic training under the tutelage of figures such as Louis Althusser and Michel Foucault. His commitment to teaching is documented by a full collection of teaching notes for the multitude of seminars that he has taught over the course of his career. The more public side of Derrida is also well represented by notes, working drafts, final drafts, and other materials related to his vast published output. With the exception of the photographs, the collection contains no material that might be described as "personal," such as private correspondence. The vast majority of the materials are in French.

  Other Research & Critical Theory Institutions    



The following links constitute a selection of research and critical theory institutions outside of the University of California, many of which are representative of our international network. The links on these pages are not intended to represent endorsement by the University of California or its affiliates.

Centre for the Study of Theory & Criticism, U Western Ontario
The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism is a unique cross-disciplinary forum for research and study in theory and its philosophical and cultural underpinnings and ramifications.

CHCI (International Consortium of Directors of Humanities Centers and Institutes)
Established in 1988, the Consortium of Humanities Centers and Institutes serves as a site for the discussion of issues germane to the fostering of crossdisciplinary activity and as a network for the circulation of information and the sharing of resources within the humanities and interpretive social sciences. CHCI has a membership of over 150 centers and institutes that are remarkably diverse in size and scope and are located in the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Korea, Finland, Taiwan, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and other countries.

Center for Critical and Cultural Theory, Cardiff U
Situated in the Cardiff School of English, Communication and Philosophy and with strong links to the Cardiff Humanities Research Institute, the Centre for Critical and Cultural Theory (CCCT) is embedded within a rich and vibrant research environment offering excellent opportunities for both discipline based and interdisciplinary research. Many members of the Centre are also members of the English Literature Research Group, and there is regular dialogue with the School’s Philosophy Group, particularly those working in the area of Continental Philosophy.

School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell U
The School of Criticism & Theory was founded in 1976 by a group of leading literary scholars in the conviction that an understanding of theory is fundamental to humanistic studies. Today, in an unparalleled summer campus experience, the SCT offers professors and advanced graduate students of literature and related social sciences a chance to work with preeminent figures in critical thought -- exploring literature's relationship with history, art, anthropology, and the law; examining its role in ideological and cultural movements; and reassessing theoretical approaches that have emerged over the last fifty years. Cornell also offers participants the resources of one of the greatest research libraries in the United States.

The Humanities Center, Stanford U
The Stanford Humanities Center is a premier research center at the heart of the Stanford campus dedicated to the advanced study of human history and culture. Humanities Center programs stress work of a multidisciplinary and collaborative nature. They also seek to support the professional development of graduate students and engage with the public.

The Humanities Center, Harvard U
The Humanities Center provides a locus for interdisciplinary discussions among Harvard faculty, faculty from other area institutions, graduate students, undergraduates, and the public. It currently sponsors lectures, readings, conferences, workshops, and ongoing seminars on a wide range of topics. It also supports informal occasions for the exchange of ideas and the sharing of scholarly and artistic work. The Humanities Center seeks to foster collaborations between the humanities, social sciences, and sciences in the belief that the humanities make a unique contribution in establishing - through interpretation and conversation - communities of interest and climates of opinion.

Humanities Research Center, Australian National U
In 2007, the Humanities Research Centre, along with National Europe Centre, the Australian National Dictionary Centre and the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, was incorporated into the Research School of Humanities. Dr Debjani Ganguly, previously director of research at the Centre for Cross Cultural Research, was appointed the Head of HRC after Professor Ian Donaldson’s departure in February. Under its new arrangements, the HRC continues to host its flagship Visiting Fellows Program which has run successfully over these last thirty years and has brought so many eminent and promising national and international scholars to ANU. It also hosts the Seymour Biography Institute and the Freilich Foundation. Under the RSH, the Centre will plan, host and administer all conferences, symposia and seminar series for the School, and represent RSH internationally in major Humanities forums such as the CHCI (Consortium of Humanities Centres and Institutes).


IMEC (Institut Mémoires de L'Édition Contemporaine)
Créé à l'initiative de chercheurs et de professionnels de l'édition, l'Institut Mémoires de l'édition contemporaine (IMEC) rassemble, préserve et met en valeur des fonds d'archives et d'études consacrés aux principales maisons d'édition, aux revues et aux différents acteurs de la vie du livre et de la création : éditeurs, écrivains, artistes, chercheurs, critiques, graphistes, libraires, imprimeurs, revuistes, agents littéraires, journalistes, directeurs littéraires... Mémoire vive du livre, de l'édition et de la création, ce patrimoine, jusqu'à présent inaccessible et largement inédit, contribue au développement des recherches scientifiques sur la vie littéraire, artistique et intellectuelle contemporaine, sur ses créateurs et ses médiateurs, sur ses réseaux et ses institutions, sur son économie et ses productions.

Institute of Advanced Studies, U Western Australia
The Institute of Advanced Studies enhances the research profile of the University through the fostering of cross-disciplinary activities.

Whitney Humanities Center, Yale U
The Whitney Humanities Center is an interdisciplinary institution that reflects Yale University’s longstanding commitment to the humanities. The Whitney promotes research and scholarly exchange across fields and is especially committed to supporting the activities of faculty and students whose work transcends departmental boundaries. The Whitney is also the home to a broad-based intellectual community defined by a distinguished fellowship that meets weekly, as well as housing the Humanities Program, an interdisciplinary council of scholars from eleven departments responsible for two of Yale’s most prestigious interdepartmental undergraduate programs: Directed Studies and the Humanities major.

European Graduate Studies, Wallis, Switzerland
The European Graduate School EGS Media and Communications program, facilitating creative breakthroughs and theoretical paradigm shifts, brings together master's and doctoral students with the visionaries and philosophers of the media world who inspire learning about art, philosophy, communications, film, literature, internet, web and cyberspace studies from a cross-disciplinary perspective.

Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
For more than twenty-five years, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory has been at the forefront of debates within the US academy about poststructuralism and cultural studies, Marxism and postcolonial theory, and the politics of disciplinarity and knowledge production. Drawing upon the expertise and resources of twenty-one humanities and social sciences departments, the Unit for Criticism promotes a broad range of teaching, research, and related scholarly activities. Through a variety of programs—including regular criticism seminars, monthly colloquia, visits to campus by distinguished scholars from other universities, agenda-setting conferences, and designated courses—the Unit provides both students and faculty with an interdisciplinary vantage point for their own teaching and research. Books derived from Unit conferences, such as Marxism and the Interpretation of Culture and Cultural Studies, have been landmarks of US critical discourse.

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