Critical Theory Resources

  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Voice of the Shuttle - Humanities Research site of UC, Santa Barbara
  • Wellek Library Lecture Series - 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.