Top 10 Books About Books

John Sutherland on classic works of literary criticism
Roland Barthes
The Guardian's John Sutherland guides us through his list of essential literary criticism, ranging from Greek philosophy to contemporary critical theory. To read more about his selections, click on the link below.
  1. Aristotle, The Poetics (Ingram Bywater translation)
  2. Susan Sontag, Against Interpretation (1966)
  3. Stanley Fish, Is there a Text in this Class? (1980)
  4. Elaine Showalter, A Literature of their Own (1978)
  5. Roland Barthes, S/Z (1977: Richard Miller translation)
  6. Frank Kermode, The Sense of an Ending (revised edition, 2000)
  7. Terry Eagleton, Marxism and Literary Criticism (1976)
  8. Stephen Greenblatt, Renaissance Self-Fashioning (1980)
  9. Christopher Ricks, Milton's Grand Style (1963)
  10. Henry Louis Gates Jr, The Signifying Monkey (1988)
Source: John Sutherland, 'Top 10 books about books', guardian.co.uk, 30 December 2010