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Critical Theory Archive

What does it mean to collect and preserve a Critical Theory Archive today?

The Critical Theory Archive holds the scholarly archives of major figures who have worked in the fields included under the loosely defined rubric of "critical theory." The existence of the Archive recognizes the key role that scholars at UC Irvine have played in the development of the field since the 1970s and the significance of Critical Theory in UCI's academic programs. Major figures whose manuscripts are held include Jacques Derrida, Wolfgang Iser, Paul de Man, Stanley Fish, Richard Rorty, J. Hillis Miller, Etienne Balibar, and Murray Krieger. The library and papers of critic René Wellek also are in the Archive, as are selected books by the scholars whose papers are held.

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Cover of Wolfgang Iser's The Range of Interpretation.

Title page of volume 1 of René Wellek's History of Modern Criticism: 1750-1950.

Cover of Jacques Derrida's Of Grammatology.