Here follows a list of starting points and reference sites for learning about literary theory and theoretical movements. The next page compiles sites devoted to individual theories.
- Literary Theory from Voice of the Shuttle (ancient to modern)
- Art and Culture Network's Literary Theory page has a lot of information and an interesting dymanic menu system that creates webs of associations (once you make a first click into the site). The navigation structure alone makes this site worth a look.
- UC Irvine's Wellek Library Lecturer Bibliographies provide detailed information on a large handful of key contemporary theorists.
- Martin Ryder's Contemporary Philosophy, Critical Theory and Postmodern Thought is current and extensive.
- The Spoon Collective hosts electronic discussion lists about philosophical and political issues; the archives of the lists are a valuable, searchable resource.
- JosÈ Angel GarcÌa Landa'sBibliography
of Literary Theory, Criticism and Philology requires some patience with the interface but rewards that patience with numerous bibliographical references that can help guide library research.
- theory.org.uk has good information including playful touches such as theory "trading cards."
- Philosophy Radio has some resources that touch on literary theory, though most are straightforwardly philosophical. I stray from the topic at hand to mention that the site includes audio files of Monty Python's Germany vs. Greece philosophers' soccer game and Philosopher's Drinking Song.
- The Guide to Philosophy on the Internet is especially strong for international philosophy.
- Dino Felluga's site has good information on modern theory and some interesting quirky features. Have a look around.
- My grad-school buddies from Penn founded and maintain …CLAT!, which stands for "Essential Comparative Literature and Theory Site." It is excellent but somewhat out of date, with a lot of broken links.
- The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy has excellent entries on modern as well as ancient philosophers (Adorno, for instance, along with Aquinas). The drawback: it's a work in progress.
- Warren Hedges has compiled a timeline of theoretical movements in the U.S.
- The Jerry Springer Show: Philosophy