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mjay25 | Student, Graduate | Valedictorian

Posted June 6, 2013 at 7:05 PM via web

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What are some complex high level literary theories often used for Master's and PhD level study that I could try to wrpa my head around?

I heard Helen cixous was a bit difficult to fully understand her arguments. I don't necessarily want feminist theory, any theory really, but if possible, to do with intertextuality and gothic literature.

I want to get acquainted with some heavy complex stuff, please.

Hope someone can answer, haven't had any answers to most recent questions so far :(

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theyellowbookworm | College Teacher | (Level 3) Adjunct Educator

Posted June 28, 2013 at 3:26 PM (Answer #1)

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Helen Cixous is considered a deconstructionist theorist. Her works align to those of Jacque Derrida. However, Cixous is also considered one of the mothers of post-structuralist feminist theory. If you are looking for theory aligned with intertextuality, you will want to try Julia Kristeva, who is one of the primary structuralist thinkers. As for gothic literature, you might try the following: (1) Gothic literature by Jessica Bomarito(2006), ISBN: 0787694703 (2) The handbook to Gothic literature by Marie Mulvey-Roberts (1998), ISBN: 0333640373 (3) Gothic Literature by Andrew Smith (2007), ISBN: 9780748623709

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