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Karen Burnham posted a list of her literary criticism reading lists and has asked other folks to post theirs, so I thought I would oblige, because lists are fun! I will also follow her organizing principle (by publication date) for ease of comparison.

Works Read:

  • Immortal Storm: A History of Science Fiction Fandom, Sam Moskowitz [1954]
  • Heinlein in Dimension: A Critical Analysis, Alexei Panshin [1968]
  • Mythologies, Roland Barthes [1972]
  • Structuralist Poetics: Structuralism, Linguistics, and the Study of Literature, by Jonathan Culler [1975]
  • The Fantastic: A Structural Approach to a Literary Genre, Tzvetan Todorov [1975]
  • The Pleasure of the Text, Roland Barthes [1975]
  • The Jewel-Hinged Jaw, Samuel R. Delany [1977]
  • Metamorphoses of Science Fiction, Darko Suvin [1979]
  • Robert A.  Heinlein: America as Science Fiction, H. Bruce Franklin [1980]
  • Science Fiction in Old San Francisco, Volume 1: History of the Movement from 1854 to 1890, Sam Moskowitz [1980]
  • Language of the Night: Essays on Fantasy and Science Fiction, Ursula K. LeGuin [1982]
  • On Deconstruction: Theory and Criticism after Structuralism, Jonathan Culler [1982]
  • The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays, Mikhail Bakhtin [1982]
  • How to Suppress Women’s Writing, Joanna Russ [1983]
  • The Rhetoric of Fiction, Wayne Booth [1983]
  • Sleepless Nights in the Procrustean Bed, Harlan Ellison [1984]
  • Trillion Year Spree, Brian Aldiss [1986]
  • Tropics of Discourse: Essays in Cultural Criticism, Hayden White [1986]
  • Lovecraft: A Study in the Fantastic, Maurice Levy [1988]
  • Science Fiction in the Real World, Norman Spinrad [1990]
  • Enterprising Women: Television Fandom and the Creation of Popular Myth, Camille Bacon-Smith [1991]
  • Reading the Romance: Women, Patriarchy, and Popular Literature, Janice Radway [1991]
  • Age of Wonders: Exploring the Worlds of Science Fiction, David Hartwell [1996]
  • Longer Views: Extended Essays, Samuel R. Delany [1996]
  • A History of Reading, Alberto Manguel [1997]
  • Literary Theory, Terry Eagleton [1997]
  • Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction, Jonathan Culler [1997]
  • The Dreams our Stuff is Made Of: How Science Fiction Conquered the World, Thomas Disch [1998]
  • The Monsters & the Critics and Other Essays, J.R.R. Tolkien [1997, orig. 1983]
  • Science Fiction Culture, Camille Bacon-Smith [1999]
  • The Pursuit of Signs: Semiotics, Literature, Deconstruction, by Jonathan Culler [revised ed., 2001]
  • Science Fiction After 1900: From the Steam Man to the Stars, Brooks Landon [2002]
  • Dark Horizons: Science Fiction and the Dystopian Imagination, ed. Raffaella Baccolini & Tom Moylan [2003]
  • Mimesis: The Representation of Reality in Western Literature, Erich Auerbach [2003, 50th Anniversary Edition]
  • Fantastic Literature: A Critical Reader, ed. David M. Sandner [2004] [selections]
  • Wizardry and Wild Romance: A Study of Epic Fantasy, Michael Moorcock [2004]
  • Science Fiction, Roger Luckhurst [2005]
  • The Cambridge Companion to Science Fiction, ed. Edward James and Farah Mendlesohn [2006] [selections]
  • Archaeologies of the Future: The Desire Called Utopia and Other Science Fictions, Fredric Jameson [2007]
  • Colonialism and the Emergence of Science Fiction, John C. Rieder [2008]
  • Rhetorics of Fantasy, Farah Mendlesohn [2008]
  • The Seven Beauties of Science Fiction, Istvan Csicsery-Ronay, Jr. [2008]
  • On Joanna Russ, ed. Farah Mendlesohn [2009] [selections]
  • The Routledge Companion to Science Fiction, eds. Mark Bould, Andrew M. Butler, Adam Roberts and Sherryl Vint [2009] [selections]
  • The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism [2010] [selections]
  • A Martian Muse: Further Essays on Identity, Politics, and the Freedom of Poetry, Reginald Shepherd & Robert Philen [2010]
  • Evaporating Genres, Gary K. Wolfe [2011]
  • Monstrous Creatures: Explorations of Fantasy Through Essays, Articles, and Reviews, Jeff VanderMeer [2011]

Works To Read:

  • Pilgrims Through Space and Time: Trends and Patterns in Scientific and Utopian Fiction, J. O. Bailey [1947]
  • The Science Fiction Novel: Imagination and Social Criticism, by Heinlein, et al [1959]
  • In Search of Wonder: Essays on Science Fiction, Damon Knight [1960]
  • New Maps of Hell, Kingsley Amis [1960]
  • The Issue at Hand: Studies in Contemporary Magazine Science Fiction, William Atheling, Jr. (James Blish) [1964]
  • Yesterday’s Tomorrows: A Historical Survey of Future Societies, W.H.G. Armytage [1968]
  • More Issues at Hand: Critical Studies in Contemporary Science Fiction, William Atheling, Jr. (James Blish) [1970]
  • The Futurians, Damon Knight [1970]
  • Natural Supernaturalism: Tradition and Revolution in Romantic Literature, M.H. Abrams [1973]
  • The American Shore, Samuel Delany [1978]
  • The Known and the Unknown: the Iconography of Science Fiction, Gary K. Wolfe [1979]
  • Starboard Wine, Samuel R. Delany [1984]
  • Critical Terms for Science Fiction and Fantasy, ed. Gary K. Wolfe [1986]
  • The Sociology of Science Fiction, Brian M. Stableford [1987]
  • Positions and Presuppositions in Science Fiction, Darko Suvin [1988]
  • The Motion of Light in Water, Samuel R. Delany [1988]
  • Doing Things with Texts: Essays in Criticism and Critical Theory, Meyer Howard Abrams [1989]
  • Grumbles from the Grave, Robert A. Heinlein [1989]
  • The World Beyond the Hill: Science Fiction and the Quest of Transcendence, Alexei Panshin [1989]
  • Fictional Space: Essays on Contemporary Science Fiction, ed. T. A. Shippey [1991]
  • Strategies of Fantasy, Brian Attebery [1992]
  • Discourse, Consciousness, and Time: The Flow and Displacement of Conscious Experience in Speaking and Writing, Wallace Chafe [1994]
  • Outposts: Literatures of Milieux, Algis Budrys [1996]
  • Narrating Utopia: Ideology, Gender, Form in Utopian Literature, Chris Ferns [1999]
  • Critical Theory and Science Fiction, Carl Freedman [2000]
  • Scraps Of The Untainted Sky: Science Fiction, Utopia, Dystopia, Tom Moylan [2000]
  • Learning from Other Worlds: Estrangement, Cognition, and the Politics of Science Fiction and Utopia, ed. Patrick Parrinder [2001]
  • Imaginary Communities: Utopia, the Nation, and the Spatial Histories of Modernity, Phillip E.  Wegner [2002]
  • The Battle of the Sexes in Science Fiction, Justine Larbalestier [2002]
  • Science Fiction Before 1900: Imagination Discovers Technology, Paul Alkon [2002]
  • The Span of Mainstream and Science Fiction: A Critical Study of a New Literary Genre, Peter Brigg [2002]
  • A Sense of Wonder: Samuel R. Delany, Race, Identity, and Difference, Jeffrey Allen Tucker [2004]
  • Collected Essays of H. P. Lovecraft: Literary Criticism, H.P. Lovecraft, ed. S.T. Joshi [2004]
  • The Wave in the Mind: Talks and Essays on the Writer, the Reader, and the Imagination,Ursula K. Le Guin [2004]
  • x, y, z, t: Dimensions of Science Fiction, Damien Broderick [2004]
  • Book by Book: Notes on Reading and Life, Michael Dirda [2005]
  • On SF, Thomas M. Disch [2005]
  • Speculations on Speculation: Theories of Science Fiction, ed. James Gunn & Matthew Candelaria [2005]
  • Daughters of the Earth: Feminist Science Fiction in the Twentieth Century, Justine Larbalestier [2006]
  • Polder: A Festschrift for John Clute and Judith Clute, ed. Farah Mendlesohn [2006]
  • About Writing: Seven Essays, Four Letters and Five Interviews, Samuel R. Delany [2006]
  • Darkening Garden: A Short Lexicon of Horror, John Clute [2006]
  • James Tiptree Jr: The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, Julie Philips [2006]
  • Science Fiction, Adam Roberts [2006]
  • The Country You Have Never Seen, Joanna Russ [2007]
  • The Literary in Theory, Jonathan Culler [2007]
  • The Influence of Imagination: Essays on Science Fiction and Fantasy As Agents of Social Change, ed. Lee Easton [2008]
  • Writing the Other, Nisi Shawl and Cynthia Ward [2008]
  • What it is We Do When We Read Science Fiction, Paul Kincaid [2008]
  • A Companion to Science Fiction, ed. David Seed [2008]
  • How Fiction Works, James Wood [2009]
  • Hope-in-the-Mist, Michael Swanwick [2009]
  • A Short History of Fantasy, Farah Mendlesohn [2009]
  • Red Planets: Marxism and Science Fiction, eds. Mark Bould & China Mieville [2009]
  • The Secret Feminist Cabal, ed. Helen Merrick [2009]
  • Maps and Legends: Reading and Writing Along the Borderlands, Michael Chabon [2009]
  • Political Theory, Science Fiction, and Utopian Literature: Ursula K. Le Guin and The Dispossessed, Tony Burns [2010]
  • Portals of Power: Magical Agency and Transformation in Literary Fantasy, Lori M. Campbell, Donald E. Palumbo, C. W. Sullivan III [2010]
  • The Fiction of Narrative: Essays on History, Literature, and Theory, 1957-2007, Hayden White [2010]
  • Pardon This Intrusion: Fantastika in the World Storm, John Clute [2011]
  • Science Fiction and Empire, Patricia Kerslake [2011]
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