Jean-François Lyotard Further Reading - Essay

Further Reading

(Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism)


Nordquist, Joan. Jean-François Lyotard: A Bibliography. Santa Cruz: Reference and Research Services, 1991, 60 p.

A comprehensive listing of Lyotard's work and work about his work.


Atwill, Janet M. “Contingencies of Historical Representation.” In Writing Histories of Rhetoric, edited by Victor J. Vitanza, pp. 98-111. Carbondale: Southern Illinois University Press, 1994.

Applies Lyotard's conception of the différend to a study of historiographical method.

Bennington, Geoffrey. Lyotard: Writing the Event. New York: Columbia University Press, 1988, 189 p.

Provides a clear and thorough explanation of Lyotard's philosophy, by one of Lyotard's English translators.

Brons, H. R. “Philosophy under Fire: J. F. Lyotard: Transcending the Trenches of Postmodernity.” History of European Ideas 20, No. 4-6 (February 1995): 785-90.

Discusses Lyotard's strategy for enabling discourse in the face of disagreement.

Jay, Martin. “The Ethics of Blindness and the Postmodern Sublime: Levinas and Lyotard.” In Downcast Eyes: The Denigration of Vision in Twentieth Century French Thought, pp. 543-86. Berkeley: University of California Press, 1993.

Analyzes the role of vision and “the politics of the eye” in the formulation and expression of Lyotard's postmodernism.

Poster, Mark. Existential Marxism in Postwar France: From Sartre to Althusser. New Jersey: Princeton University Press, 1975, 415 p.

Presents an overview of the intellectual context in which Lyotard's political philosophy developed.

Readings, Bill. Introducing Lyotard: Art and Politics. London: Routledge, 1991, 184 p.

An introduction to Lyotard's thought and works written in Lyotard's manner.

Rojek, Chris, and Turner, Brian, eds. The Politics of Jean-François Lyotard: Justice and Political Theory. London: Routledge, 1998, 168 p.

A collection of essays that explain and evaluate Lyotard's political thought and examine his influence in shaping the political thought of others.

Roof, Judith. “Lesbians and Lyotard: Legitimation and the Politics of the Name.” In The Lesbian Postmodern, edited by Laura Doan, pp. 47-66. New York: Columbia University Press, 1994, 267 p.

Discusses Lyotard's stance on the validity of categorical meanings.

Sim, Stuart. Jean-François Lyotard. London: Prentice Hall/Harvester Wheatsheaf, 1996, 159 p.

Surveys Lyotard's major works and explains his primary concepts.

Williams, James. Lyotard: Towards a Postmodern Philosophy. Cambridge: Polity Press, 1998, 150 p.

Examines Lyotard's works with an emphasis on exploring his ideas and methodology.