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by  Tony Christini


1960       Leslie A. Fiedler                           Love and Death in the American Novel [revised 1966]

1961       Daniel Aaron                                Writers on the Left

1961       Adler and Cain, Eds.                   Imaginative Literature I: From Homer to Shakespeare

1961       Wayne C. Booth                           The Rhetoric of Fiction

1961       Ihab Hassan                                 Radical Innocence: Studies in the Contemporary American Novel

1961       Mary McCarthy                            On the Contrary [“Politics and the Social Scene,” “The Fact in Fiction”…]

1961       Rubin and Moore, Eds.              The Idea of an American Novel

1962       Adler and Cain, Eds.                   Imaginative Literature II: From Cervantes to Dostoevsky

1962       Maxwell Geismar                        Henry James and the Jacobites

1962       Gregor and Nicholas                  The Moral and the Story

1962       Alvin B. Kernan                             Modern Satire [“Philip Wylie: A Specimen American Institution”…]

1962        Edwin Muir                                   The Estate of Poetry [“The Public and the Poet,” “The Natural Estate,” “Criticism and the Poet”…]

1963       Donohue and Algren                  Conversations with Nelson Algren [“Where is the American Radical?” “The Open Society”…]

1963       Northrop Frye                               The Well-Tempered Critic

1963        Vernon Hall, Jr.                            A Short History of Literary Criticism

1963       Eloise K. Hay                                The Political Novels of Joseph Conrad: A Critical Study

1963       Frank O’Connor                          The Lonely Voice: A Study of the Short Story

1963        Robert E. Spiller, Ed., et al         Literary History of the United States: History [“Fiction and Social Debate,” “The Hope of Reform,” “Battle of the Books”…]

1964       Walter Allen                                  Tradition and Dream: The English and American Novel From the Twenties to Our Time

1964        Ralph Ellison                                Shadow and Act

1964       Alberto S. Florentino                   Literature and Society: A Symposium on the Relation of Literature to Social Change

1964       Northrop Frye                               The Educated Imagination

1964       Michael Millgate                         American Social Fiction: James to Cozzens

1964       R. H. Tawney                               The Radical Tradition: Twelve Essays on Politics, Education, Literature [“Social History and Literature”…]

1966       Joseph L. Blotner                        The Modern American Political Novel: 1900-1960 [“The Novel of the Future,” “The Role of Woman,” “American Fascism”…]

1966       Gordon Milne                               The American Political Novel

1966       Scholes and Kellogg                  The Nature of Narrative

1967       Louis Kampf                                 On Modernism: The Prospects for Literature and Freedom

1967       Connor Cruise O’Brien              Writers and Politics: Essays and Criticisms

1967       Herbert Read                               Art and Alienation: The Role of the Artist in Society [“The Function of the Arts in Contemporary Society,” “Van Gogh…”…]

1967       Louis D. Rubin                             The Teller in the Tale

1967        George Steiner                            Language and Silence: Essays on Language, Literature, and the Inhuman [“Marxism and Literature”…]

1968       Jose Ortega Y. Gasset               The Dehumanization of Art and Other Essays on Art, Culture, and Literature

1968       Arthur Pollard                               Anthony Trollope’s Political Novels

1968       Mark Schorer                               The World We Imagine: Selected Essays

1969       Joseph North                                The New Masses: An Anthology of the Rebel Thirties [“The Writer and Society,” “Writing and War”…]

1969       Flannery O’Connor                     Mystery and Manners: Occasional Prose [“The Nature and Aim of Fiction,” “Novelist and Believer”…]

1969       Kenneth Rexroth                         Classics Revisited



1970       Maxwell Geismar                        Mark Twain: An American Prophet [“The Enraged Radical”…]

1970       Kampf and Lauter, Eds.             The Politics of Literature: Dissenting Essays on the Teaching of English

1970       George Perkins, Ed.                   The Theory of the American Novel [“Frank Norris: The Novel with a Purpose”…]

1970       Kenneth Rexroth                         The Alternative Society: Essays from the Other World

1970       Raymond Williams                      The English Novel: From Dickens to Lawrence

1971       Hazard Adams, Ed.                     Critical Theory Since Plato

1971       Sheila Delany, Ed.                       Counter-Tradition: The Literature of Dissent and Alternatives

1971       Jonah Raskin                               The Mythology of Imperialism [“Chaos: The Culture of Imperialism,” “Portrait of the Artist as Imperialist”…]

1971       Judy Kay Ferguson Salinas       Social Reform in Selected Works of Carlos Fuentes

1971       Elaine Showalter                         Women’s Liberation and Literature

1972       David Lodge                                 Twentieth Century Literary Criticism [“Politics and the English Language” (Orwell), “Why Write?” (Sartre)…]

1972       Norman Philbrick, Ed.                Trumpets Sounding: Propaganda Plays Of The American Revolution

1973       Richard Kostelanetz                   The End of Intelligent Writing: Literary Politics in America

1974       Jo David Bellamy                         The New Fiction: Interviews with Innovative American Writers

1974       David Craig                                   The Real Foundations: Literature and Social Change

1974       Greenberg and Warrick             Political Science Fiction: An Introductory Reader

1974       John Halperin, Ed.                      The Theory of the Novel: New Essays

1975       Ian Boyd                                        The Novels Of G.K. Chesterton: A Study In Art And Propaganda

1975       Terry Eagleton                             Criticism and Ideology: A Study in Marxist Literary Theory [“Ideology and Literary Form,” “Marxism and Aesthetic Value”…]

1975       Lucien Goldmann                       Towards a Sociology of the Novel [English translation]

1975       Phillip Roth                                   Reading Myself and Others [expanded, 2001] [“Writing American Fiction”…]

1976       Terry Eagleton                             Marxism and Literary Criticism [“The Writer and Commitment,” “The Author as Producer”…]

1976       Gilbert Highet                               The Immortal Profession: The Joys of Teaching and Learning

1976       Richard Ohmann                        English in American: A Radical View of the Profession [updated 1996] [“The Politics of Knowledge: A Polemic”…]

1976       Norman Rudich                           Weapons of Criticism: Marxism in America and the Literary Tradition

1976       David C. Stineback                     Shifting World: Social Change and Nostalgia in the American Novel

1976       Mas’ud Zavarzadeh                    The Mythopoeic Reality: The Postwar American Nonfiction Novel

1977       Mary Lee Bundy                           Guide to the Literature of Social Change: Volume 1

1977       Bob Dixon                                     Catching Them Young 1: Sex, Race and Class in Children’s Fiction

1977       Bob Dixon                                     Catching Them Young 2: Political Ideas in Children’s Fiction

1977       Herbert Marcuse                         The Aesthetic Dimension: Toward a Critique of Marxist Aesthetics

1977       Mark Spilka                                  Towards a Poetics of Fiction: Essays from Novel—A Forum on Fiction, 1967-1976

1977       Diana Trilling                               We Must March My Darlings

1977       Raymond Williams                      Marxism and Literature

1978        John Colmer                                Coleridge to Catch-22: Images of Society [“Utopian Fanatasy,” “Protest and Anti-War Literature”…]

1978       John Gardner                               On Moral Fiction

1978       Josephine Hendin                       Vulnerable People: A View of American Fiction Since 1945

1978       Tillie Olsen                                   Silences [“Rebecca Harding Davis”…]

1978       Philip Rahv                                   Essays on Literature and Politics, 1932-1972

1978       Edward Said                                 Orientalism

1978       David Smith                                  Socialist Propaganda In The Twentieth-Century Novel

1978        Eudora Welty                                The Eye of the Story: Selected Essays and Reviews [“Must the Novelist Crusade?”]

1979       Johnson and Johnson                Propaganda and Aesthetics: The Literary Politics of African-American Magazines in the Twentieth Century

1979       Raghuvir Sinah                            Social Change in Contemporary Literature


1980       Frank Lentricchia                        After the New Criticism

1980/85  Ira A. Levine                                  Left-Wing Dramatic Theory in the American Theatre

1980       John Lucas                                   The Literature of Change: Studies in the Nineteenth Century Provincial Novel

1980       Mary McCarthy                            Ideas and the Novel

1981       M. M. Bakhtin                               The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays [English translation] [ “Discourse in the Novel”…]

1981       Rosemary Jackson                     Fantasy: The Literature of Subversion

1982       Margaret Atwood                         Second Words: Selected Critical Prose [“Amnesty International: An Address”…]

1983       Malcolm Bradbury                      The Modern American Novel [revised edition, 1992: novels 1890-1990s]

1983       Terry Eagleton                             Literary Theory: An Introduction [“Conclusion: Political Criticism”…”]

1983        A. P. Foulkes                                Literature And Propaganda [“What is Propaganda?” “…Literary Communication,” “Fiction and Reality”…]

1983       John J. Michalczyk                      Costa-Gavras: The Political Fiction Film

1983       Nicholas Pronay, Ed.                  Propaganda, Politics And Film, 1918-45

1983        Susan Rubin Suleiman              Authoritarian Fictions: The Ideological Novel as a Literary Genre

1983       Janet Todd, Ed.                           Women Writers Talking

1984       Robert Alter                                   Motives for Fiction [“…American Political Novel,” “History…New American Novel,” “Literature and Ideology in the Thirties”…]

1984       Madeline Moore                          The Short Season Between Two Silences: The Mystical and the Political in the Novels of Virginia Woolf

1984       Christopher Pawling                   Popular Fiction and Social Change

1984       Charles Ruas                               Conversations with American Writers

1984       H. Trivedi                                      American Political Novel

1984       Michael Wilding                          Political Fictions [“1984: Rewriting the Future,” “News From Nowhere,” “The Iron Heel,” “…Huckleberry Finn”…]

1985       Robert Boyers                              Atrocity and Amnesia: The Political Novel Since 1945 [“Toward a Reading of Political Novels”…]

1985       Malcolm Cowley                         The Flower and the Leaf: A Contemporary Record of American Writing Since 1941

1985       Wallace Gray                               Homer to Joyce: Interpretations of the Classic Works of Western Literature

1985       Mary McCarthy                            Occasional Prose [“Politics and the Novel,” “ ‘Democracy’ ”…]

1985       Judith Newton                              Feminist Criticism and Social Change: Sex, Class, and Race in Literature and Culture

1985       Emmanuel Ngara                       Art And Ideology In The African Novel: A Study Of The Influence Of Marxism On African Writing

1985       Mona Scheuermann                  Social Protest in the Eighteenth-Century English Novel

1985       Elaine Showalter, Ed.                 The New Feminist Criticism: …Women, Literature, Theory [“…Uncle Tom’s Cabin and the Politics of Literary History”…]

1985       Michael Spindler                         American Literature and Social Change: William Dean Howells to Arthur Miller

1986       Ralph Ellison                                Going to the Territory

1986       Barbara Foley                              Telling the Truth: The Theory and Practice of Documentary Fiction

1986       Hobbs and Woodard, Eds.        Human Rights, Human Wrongs: Art and Social Change

1986       Milan Kundera                             The Art of the Novel

1986       Russell Reising                           The Unusable Past: Theory and Study of American Literature [“The Apolitical Unconscious: Leslie Fiedler”…]

1986       Judi M. Roller                               The Politics of the Feminist Novel

1986       Thomas Daniel Young, Ed.       Conversations with Malcolm Cowley

1987       Nancy Armstrong                         Desire and Domestic Fiction: A Political History of the Novel

1987       Miklόs Haraszti                            The Velvet Prison: Artists Under State Socialism

1987       Tom Kemme                               Political Fiction, The Spirit of the Age, and Allen Drury

1987       Richard Ohmann                        The Politics of Letters

1987       Irme Salusinszky                          Criticism in Society: Interviews with Derrida, Frye, Bloom, Hartman, Kermode, Said, Johnson, Lentricchia, Miller

1988       K. E. Agovi                                     Novels of Social Change

1988       Rosemarie Bodenheimer          The Politics of Story in Victorian Social Fiction

1988       Mary Chamberlain, Ed.              Writing Lives: Conversations Between Women Writers

1988       Terrence Des Pres                     Praises and Dispraises: Poetry and Politics, the 20th Century [“Political Intrusion”…]

1988       Emory Elliott, Ed.                         Columbia Literary History of the United States

1988       Nadine Gordimer                        The Essential Gesture: Writing, Politics and Places

1988       Hoffman and Murphy, Eds.        Essentials of the Theory of Fiction

1988       Amy Kaplan                                  The Social Construction of American Realism

1988       Vincent B. Leitch                         American Literary Criticism from the Thirties to the Eighties [“Leftist Criticism From the 1960s to the 1980s”…]

1988       J. Michael Lennon                      Conversations with Norman Mailer

1988       David Lodge, Ed.                         Modern Criticism and Theory: A Reader [updated 2000, with Nigel Wood]

1988       George Plimpton, Ed.                 Women Writers at Work: The Paris Review Interviews [revised edition, 1998]

1988       Yanarella and Sigelman            Political Mythology and Popular Fiction

1989       Peter Buitenhuis                          The Great War Of Words: British, American, And Canadian Propaganda And Fiction, 1914-1933

1989       Cathy N. Davidson, Ed.               Reading in American: Literature and Social History

1989       Rita Felski                                     Beyond Feminist Aesthetics: Feminist Literature and Social Change

1989       Marie-Lise Gazarian Gautier    Interviews with Latin American Writers

1989       Linda Hutcheon                           The Politics of Postmodernism

1989       Kenneth Rexroth                         More Classics Revisited

1989       John Rodden                               The Politics of Literary Reputation: The Making and Claiming of “St. George” Orwell

1989       Standley and Pratt, Eds.             Conversations with James Baldwin

1989       D. J. Taylor                                   A Vain Conceit: British Fiction in the 1980s [“Writers, Politics and Society,” “Outside the Whale”…]




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