Catherine Belsey’s Criticism reflects on the pleasures of fiction and considers the ways we have come to read it. Could we approach novels, plays and poems differently in the future? The book is addressed to reading groups, students, teachers, reviewers – and anyone who enjoys a good read.

Criticism is available from Profile Books

Poststructuralism: A Very Short Introduction

Poststructuralism offers French theory without tears – but with plenty of examples and one or two jokes. All you ever wanted to know about Barthes, Foucault, Lacan, Derrida and the rest, as well as the difference their insights make to our ideas about language and culture.

Poststructuralism: A very Short Introduction is published by Oxford University Press

A Future for Criticism

The criticism practised in English departments too often sacrifices pleasure to piety. Have we sufficiently challenged old assumptions about how we interpret written works? Haven’t we ignored the pleasures of reading? The book argues that, for better or worse, reading enlists desire.

A Future for Criticism is published by Wiley-Blackwell

Critical Practice

Critical Practice effectively wrote itself at a time when French theory was seen as threatening in both senses: hard to understand and also likely to undermine established ways of reading. It proved to be a threat in a third sense: when the book made the ideas intelligible, they became much more dangerous.

Critical Practice is published by Routledge

The Feminist Reader

The Feminist Reader, edited jointly with Jane Moore, is an anthology of essays by feminists on critical theory and practice. The book is addressed to anyone who wants to read as a feminist or from one of a range of feminist perspectives. Contributors include Toni Morrison, Gillian Beer, Hélène Cixous and Julia Kristeva.

The Feminist Reader is published by Palgrave