- The Critical Theory Book Collection
While the central focus of the Critical Theory Archive is to collect the personal papers of distinguished theorists, it also includes a selection of editions, including translations, of the published monographs by each of these theorists. Some of the principal topics represented in their books include these:
- The René Wellek Library on the History of Literary Criticism
Wellek's personal library of 7,000 volumes, many of them basic for the study of the history of criticism and literary theory. The collection is notable for its richness and depth of coverage of American, English, and Continental European works upon which Wellek relied in fashioning his eight-volume History of Modern Criticism, 1750-1950. UCI's Wellek Library Lectures series was founded in honor of acquisition of the Wellek Library; a bibliography of each lecturer's work is available on the Libraries' website.
- Rare Books on Aesthetics and Literary Theory
Sometimes referred to as our "genealogy of theory collection," since it attempts to trace the development of the field of criticism and literary theory, this collection includes more than 350 volumes of aesthetics and criticism. Most were published in the 18th century in Great Britain. The collection includes well-known titles by canonical figures, such as William Hogarth and Joshua Reynolds, as well as works by as-yet-undiscovered authors.
Archival and Manuscript Collections
The theorists whose papers are held in the Archive represent various schools of thought, including Deconstruction (Jacques Derrida, Paul de Man, and Eugenio Donato), Reader-Reception Theory (Stanley Fish and Wolfgang Iser), Political Philosophy (Richard Rorty and Etienne Balibar) and Anglo-American Criticism (Ihab Hassan, Murray Krieger, and René Wellek).
All collections are cataloged and many have extensive, fully searchable guides available in the Online Archive of California (OAC). The status of an unorganized, or unprocessed, collection is noted in ANTPAC and in the OAC. Please contact us in advance to regarding access to these collections.
- Etienne Balibar papers
- Barbara Cohen manuscript materials
- Paul de Man papers
The papers of the influential literary critic, scholar, and teacher include two unpublished manuscripts, which have been digitized and made avaliable to researchers electronically through UCIspace @ the Libraries.
- Jacques Derrida papers
The complete scholarly manuscripts of the "father of deconstruction" through 1999. Given the scholarly interrelationships among the figures whose papers are held by UCI, materials relating to Derrida also appear in several other collections.
- Eugenio Donato papers
- Stanley Fish papers
- Ihab Hassan papers
- Neil Hertz papers on Paul de Man
- Renée Riese Hubert publications and papers
- Wolfgang Iser papers
- Murray Krieger papers
- Louis Marin offprints
- J. Hillis Miller papers
- Mark Poster papers
The papers of the professor of History and Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine include digital files transferred from Poster's computer disks and made available to researchers electronically through UCIspace @ the Libraries.
- Richard Rorty papers
The papers of the influential philosopher, critical theorist, and public intellectual include digital files transferred from Rorty's computer disks and made available to researchers electronically through UCIspace @ the Libraries.
- Robert Weimann papers
- René Wellek papers
Other Archival Collections
- Critical Theory Institute (University of California, Irvine) Manuscript Material
Papers regarding University of California, Irvine's Critical Theory Institute's second book, "Culture" and the Problems of the Disciplines, published 1998.
- Critical Theory Institute (University of California, Irvine) Audio and Video Recordings
Audio and video recordings of selected events held at the Critical Theory Institute (CTI) at 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.
- Critical Theory Offprint Collection
Nearly 10,000 published offprints acquired as part of the personal papers of several prominent critical theorists. Their topical coverage of includes the disciplines of comparative literature, literary theory, and critical theory.
- International Center for Humanistic Discourses (University of California, Irvine) Records
Operational records of the International Center for Humanistic Discourse at the University of California, Irvine in the 1990s.
- Jacques Derrida Listserv Collection
Printed email correspondence from the "Derrida and Deconstruction," or DERRIDA, listserv between 1991 and 1994.
- Marli Shoop Audio Recordings of Eugenio Donato and Wolfgang Iser Lectures
Audio cassette recordings of lectures by Eugenio Donato and Wolfgang Iser, as collected by former University of California, Irvine graduate student Marli Shoop.
- Safaa Fathy video recordings of Jacques Derrida
Digital videorecordings of Derrida speaking at a wide variety of conferences, lectures, and other events in the United States and Europe.