It’s no secret: literary critics are tough nuts to crack. Most of them are long gone, and all they’ve left behind is a bunch of mumbo jumbo that even the most intellectual tweed-wearer has a tough time deciphering. But these smartypants brought about new ways of reading old books, and they’re definitely worth a closer look.
Grad students and professors will be squealing with delight: Shmoop, a publisher of digital curriculum and online test prep, has announced the launch of an entire section devoted just to these brilliant—and terrifying—ladies and gents. It turns out that when critics get to work on their online profiles, they really let their hair down.
Here’s just some of the excitement found in Shmoop’s free Guides to Literary Critics:
- Foucault’s notes for his next book: “The Mall of America and the Destruction of the Human Soul”
- Confidential logs from Freud’s therapy sessions with his most famous clients
- Harold Bloom’s all-too-revealing diary
- Judith Butler’s picks for the “Top 5 Gender-Bending Films”
- Roland Barthes’s live blog of “The Bachelorette”
- A sneak peek of Derrida’s latest hit: “DeconWHATtion?!: Derrida Reveals All”
- Stanley Fish’s notes on why he really hates Volvos
- Simone de Beauvoir’s journal, where she reveals everything that she hides from her main squeeze, Jean-Paul Sartre
- Jacques Lacan’s seminar on “The Psychoanalyst as Rock Star”
All these folks are ripe for name-dropping, sure. But now, thanks to Shmoop, it’s possible to know what on earth they’re saying. Join the conversation by checking out Shmoop’s Guides to Literary Critics, http://www.shmoop.com/literary-critics/.