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# Popular Theory Books

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The History of Sexuality 1: An Introduction (Paperback)

by Michel Foucault (shelved 164 times as

avg rating 4.04 — 16,768 ratings — published 1976

by Michel Foucault (shelved 164 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.04 — 16,768 ratings — published 1976

Discipline and Punish: The Birth of the Prison (Paperback)

by Michel Foucault (shelved 152 times as

avg rating 4.20 — 22,428 ratings — published 1975

by Michel Foucault (shelved 152 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.20 — 22,428 ratings — published 1975

Gender Trouble: Feminism and the Subversion of Identity (Paperback)

by Judith Butler (shelved 114 times as

avg rating 4.10 — 11,062 ratings — published 1989

by Judith Butler (shelved 114 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.10 — 11,062 ratings — published 1989

Mythologies (Paperback)

by Roland Barthes (shelved 107 times as

avg rating 4.13 — 12,498 ratings — published 1957

by Roland Barthes (shelved 107 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.13 — 12,498 ratings — published 1957

Illuminations: Essays and Reflections (Paperback)

by Walter Benjamin (shelved 84 times as

avg rating 4.34 — 8,585 ratings — published 1950

by Walter Benjamin (shelved 84 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.34 — 8,585 ratings — published 1950

Orientalism (Paperback)

by Edward W. Said (shelved 82 times as

avg rating 4.02 — 13,511 ratings — published 1978

by Edward W. Said (shelved 82 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.02 — 13,511 ratings — published 1978

Madness and Civilization: A History of Insanity in the Age of Reason (Paperback)

by Michel Foucault (shelved 75 times as

avg rating 4.07 — 12,879 ratings — published 1961

by Michel Foucault (shelved 75 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.07 — 12,879 ratings — published 1961

The Society of the Spectacle (Paperback)

by Guy Debord (shelved 72 times as

avg rating 4.11 — 8,098 ratings — published 1967

by Guy Debord (shelved 72 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.11 — 8,098 ratings — published 1967

Literary Theory: An Introduction (Paperback)

by Terry Eagleton (shelved 71 times as

avg rating 3.93 — 3,358 ratings — published 1983

by Terry Eagleton (shelved 71 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.93 — 3,358 ratings — published 1983

The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (Paperback)

by Michel Foucault (shelved 67 times as

avg rating 4.11 — 9,968 ratings — published 1966

by Michel Foucault (shelved 67 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.11 — 9,968 ratings — published 1966

The Communist Manifesto (Paperback)

by Karl Marx (shelved 63 times as

avg rating 3.45 — 65,587 ratings — published 1848

by Karl Marx (shelved 63 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.45 — 65,587 ratings — published 1848

The Archaeology of Knowledge & The Discourse on Language (Paperback)

by Michel Foucault (shelved 60 times as

avg rating 4.10 — 6,397 ratings — published 1969

by Michel Foucault (shelved 60 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.10 — 6,397 ratings — published 1969

Imagined Communities: Reflections on the Origin and Spread of Nationalism (Paperback)

by Benedict Anderson (shelved 60 times as

avg rating 4.10 — 6,090 ratings — published 1983

by Benedict Anderson (shelved 60 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.10 — 6,090 ratings — published 1983

Thousand Plateaus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Paperback)

by Gilles Deleuze (shelved 59 times as

avg rating 4.28 — 5,812 ratings — published 1987

by Gilles Deleuze (shelved 59 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.28 — 5,812 ratings — published 1987

Pedagogy of the Oppressed (Paperback)

by Paulo Freire (shelved 56 times as

avg rating 4.27 — 17,696 ratings — published 1967

by Paulo Freire (shelved 56 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.27 — 17,696 ratings — published 1967

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography (Paperback)

by Roland Barthes (shelved 55 times as

avg rating 4.03 — 15,403 ratings — published 1980

by Roland Barthes (shelved 55 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.03 — 15,403 ratings — published 1980

Bodies That Matter: On the Discursive Limits of "Sex" (Paperback)

by Judith Butler (shelved 54 times as

avg rating 4.05 — 2,921 ratings — published 1993

by Judith Butler (shelved 54 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.05 — 2,921 ratings — published 1993

Simulacra and Simulation (Paperback)

by Jean Baudrillard (shelved 54 times as

avg rating 3.97 — 8,827 ratings — published 1981

by Jean Baudrillard (shelved 54 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.97 — 8,827 ratings — published 1981

Of Grammatology (Paperback)

by Jacques Derrida (shelved 53 times as

avg rating 3.90 — 5,271 ratings — published 1967

by Jacques Derrida (shelved 53 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.90 — 5,271 ratings — published 1967

Writing and Difference (Paperback)

by Jacques Derrida (shelved 52 times as

avg rating 3.95 — 5,870 ratings — published 1967

by Jacques Derrida (shelved 52 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.95 — 5,870 ratings — published 1967

Postmodernism, or, The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism (Paperback)

by Fredric Jameson (shelved 51 times as

avg rating 3.92 — 4,493 ratings — published 1989

by Fredric Jameson (shelved 51 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.92 — 4,493 ratings — published 1989

The Pleasure of the Text (Paperback)

by Roland Barthes (shelved 51 times as

avg rating 4.12 — 4,306 ratings — published 1975

by Roland Barthes (shelved 51 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.12 — 4,306 ratings — published 1975

Anti-Oedipus: Capitalism and Schizophrenia (Paperback)

by Gilles Deleuze (shelved 50 times as

avg rating 4.09 — 6,109 ratings — published 1972

by Gilles Deleuze (shelved 50 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.09 — 6,109 ratings — published 1972

The Wretched of the Earth (Paperback)

by Frantz Fanon (shelved 49 times as

avg rating 4.17 — 13,192 ratings — published 1961

by Frantz Fanon (shelved 49 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.17 — 13,192 ratings — published 1961

The Dialogic Imagination: Four Essays (Paperback)

by Mikhail M. Bakhtin (shelved 49 times as

avg rating 4.18 — 2,680 ratings — published 1975

by Mikhail M. Bakhtin (shelved 49 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.18 — 2,680 ratings — published 1975

Black Skin, White Masks (Paperback)

by Frantz Fanon (shelved 49 times as

avg rating 4.23 — 6,646 ratings — published 1952

by Frantz Fanon (shelved 49 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.23 — 6,646 ratings — published 1952

The Second Sex (Paperback)

by Simone de Beauvoir (shelved 48 times as

avg rating 4.01 — 32,608 ratings — published 1949

by Simone de Beauvoir (shelved 48 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.01 — 32,608 ratings — published 1949

The Prince (Paperback)

by Niccolò Machiavelli (shelved 47 times as

avg rating 3.71 — 150,369 ratings — published 1532

by Niccolò Machiavelli (shelved 47 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.71 — 150,369 ratings — published 1532

The Republic (Paperback)

by Plato (shelved 46 times as

avg rating 3.84 — 121,231 ratings — published -380

by Plato (shelved 46 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.84 — 121,231 ratings — published -380

Beyond Good and Evil (Paperback)

by Friedrich Nietzsche (shelved 46 times as

avg rating 4.00 — 54,370 ratings — published 1886

by Friedrich Nietzsche (shelved 46 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.00 — 54,370 ratings — published 1886

Dialectic of Enlightenment: Philosophical Fragments (Paperback)

by Theodor W. Adorno (shelved 46 times as

avg rating 4.06 — 4,409 ratings — published 1944

by Theodor W. Adorno (shelved 46 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.06 — 4,409 ratings — published 1944

Civilization and Its Discontents (Paperback)

by Sigmund Freud (shelved 41 times as

avg rating 3.70 — 25,646 ratings — published 1930

by Sigmund Freud (shelved 41 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.70 — 25,646 ratings — published 1930

Ways of Seeing (Paperback)

by John Berger (shelved 40 times as

avg rating 3.79 — 108,430 ratings — published 1972

by John Berger (shelved 40 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.79 — 108,430 ratings — published 1972

Image, Music, Text (Paperback)

by Roland Barthes (shelved 39 times as

avg rating 4.10 — 2,319 ratings — published 1977

by Roland Barthes (shelved 39 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.10 — 2,319 ratings — published 1977

The History of Sexuality 2: The Use of Pleasure (Paperback)

by Michel Foucault (shelved 38 times as

avg rating 4.08 — 3,954 ratings — published 1984

by Michel Foucault (shelved 38 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.08 — 3,954 ratings — published 1984

The Location of Culture (Routledge Classics)

by Homi K. Bhabha (shelved 37 times as

avg rating 3.74 — 1,829 ratings — published 1994

by Homi K. Bhabha (shelved 37 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.74 — 1,829 ratings — published 1994

A Lover's Discourse: Fragments (Paperback)

by Roland Barthes (shelved 37 times as

avg rating 4.40 — 5,455 ratings — published 1977

by Roland Barthes (shelved 37 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.40 — 5,455 ratings — published 1977

The Poetics of Space (Paperback)

by Gaston Bachelard (shelved 36 times as

avg rating 4.19 — 7,643 ratings — published 1957

by Gaston Bachelard (shelved 36 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.19 — 7,643 ratings — published 1957

Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction (Paperback)

by Jonathan Culler (shelved 35 times as

avg rating 3.66 — 1,943 ratings — published 1997

by Jonathan Culler (shelved 35 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.66 — 1,943 ratings — published 1997

Epistemology of the Closet (Paperback)

by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (shelved 35 times as

avg rating 4.08 — 2,065 ratings — published 1990

by Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (shelved 35 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.08 — 2,065 ratings — published 1990

The Culture Industry (Routledge Classics)

by Theodor W. Adorno (shelved 35 times as

avg rating 4.02 — 4,234 ratings — published 1947

by Theodor W. Adorno (shelved 35 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.02 — 4,234 ratings — published 1947

The Elegant Universe: Superstrings, Hidden Dimensions, and the Quest for the Ultimate Theory (Paperback)

by Brian Greene (shelved 35 times as

avg rating 4.05 — 9,379 ratings — published 1999

by Brian Greene (shelved 35 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.05 — 9,379 ratings — published 1999

Poetics (Paperback)

by Aristotle (shelved 34 times as

avg rating 3.76 — 11,176 ratings — published -335

by Aristotle (shelved 34 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.76 — 11,176 ratings — published -335

Undoing Gender (Paperback)

by Judith Butler (shelved 34 times as

avg rating 4.08 — 3,248 ratings — published 2004

by Judith Butler (shelved 34 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.08 — 3,248 ratings — published 2004

S/Z (Paperback)

by Roland Barthes (shelved 34 times as

avg rating 3.97 — 2,751 ratings — published 1970

by Roland Barthes (shelved 34 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.97 — 2,751 ratings — published 1970

Culture and Imperialism (Paperback)

by Edward W. Said (shelved 33 times as

avg rating 4.11 — 4,958 ratings — published 1993

by Edward W. Said (shelved 33 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.11 — 4,958 ratings — published 1993

Capital, Vol. 1: A Critical Analysis of Capitalist Production (Paperback)

by Karl Marx (shelved 33 times as

avg rating 4.14 — 7,716 ratings — published 1867

by Karl Marx (shelved 33 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.14 — 7,716 ratings — published 1867

The Work of Art in the Age of Its Technological Reproducibility, and Other Writings on Media (Paperback)

by Walter Benjamin (shelved 32 times as

avg rating 4.14 — 5,372 ratings — published 1936

by Walter Benjamin (shelved 32 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.14 — 5,372 ratings — published 1936

Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (Paperback)

by Julia Kristeva (shelved 32 times as

avg rating 4.12 — 2,263 ratings — published 1980

by Julia Kristeva (shelved 32 times as

*theory*)avg rating 4.12 — 2,263 ratings — published 1980

The Postmodern Condition: A Report on Knowledge (Paperback)

by Jean-François Lyotard (shelved 32 times as

avg rating 3.81 — 3,251 ratings — published 1979

by Jean-François Lyotard (shelved 32 times as

*theory*)avg rating 3.81 — 3,251 ratings — published 1979

“The sentence completes its signification only with its last term.”

― Jacques Lacan

― Jacques Lacan

“BERENGER: And you consider all this natural?

DUDARD: What could be more natural than a rhinoceros?

BERENGER: Yes, but for a man to turn into a rhinoceros is abnormal beyond question.

DUDARD: Well, of course, that's a matter of opinion ...

BERENGER: It is beyond question, absolutely beyond question!

DUDARD: You seem very sure of yourself. Who can say where the normal stops and the abnormal begins? Can you personally define these conceptions of normality and abnormality? Nobody has solved this problem yet, either medically or philosophically. You ought to know that.

BERENGER: The problem may not be resolved philosophically -- but in practice it's simple. They may prove there's no such thing as movement ... and then you start walking ... [he starts walking up and down the room] ... and you go on walking, and you say to yourself, like Galileo, 'E pur si muove' ...

DUDARD: You're getting things all mixed up! Don't confuse the issue. In Galileo's case it was the opposite: theoretic and scientific thought proving itself superior to mass opinion and dogmatism.

BERENGER: [quite lost] What does all that mean? Mass opinion, dogmatism -- they're just words! I may be mixing everything up in my head but you're losing yours. You don't know what's normal and what isn't any more. I couldn't care less about Galileo ... I don't give a damn about Galileo.

DUDARD: You brought him up in the first place and raised the whole question, saying that practice always had the last word. Maybe it does, but only when it proceeds from theory! The history of thought and science proves that.

BERENGER: [more and more furious] It doesn't prove anything of the sort! It's all gibberish, utter lunacy!

DUDARD: There again we need to define exactly what we mean by lunacy ...

BERENGER: Lunacy is lunacy and that's all there is to it! Everybody knows what lunacy is. And what about the rhinoceroses -- are they practice or are they theory?”

― Eugène Ionesco,

DUDARD: What could be more natural than a rhinoceros?

BERENGER: Yes, but for a man to turn into a rhinoceros is abnormal beyond question.

DUDARD: Well, of course, that's a matter of opinion ...

BERENGER: It is beyond question, absolutely beyond question!

DUDARD: You seem very sure of yourself. Who can say where the normal stops and the abnormal begins? Can you personally define these conceptions of normality and abnormality? Nobody has solved this problem yet, either medically or philosophically. You ought to know that.

BERENGER: The problem may not be resolved philosophically -- but in practice it's simple. They may prove there's no such thing as movement ... and then you start walking ... [he starts walking up and down the room] ... and you go on walking, and you say to yourself, like Galileo, 'E pur si muove' ...

DUDARD: You're getting things all mixed up! Don't confuse the issue. In Galileo's case it was the opposite: theoretic and scientific thought proving itself superior to mass opinion and dogmatism.

BERENGER: [quite lost] What does all that mean? Mass opinion, dogmatism -- they're just words! I may be mixing everything up in my head but you're losing yours. You don't know what's normal and what isn't any more. I couldn't care less about Galileo ... I don't give a damn about Galileo.

DUDARD: You brought him up in the first place and raised the whole question, saying that practice always had the last word. Maybe it does, but only when it proceeds from theory! The history of thought and science proves that.

BERENGER: [more and more furious] It doesn't prove anything of the sort! It's all gibberish, utter lunacy!

DUDARD: There again we need to define exactly what we mean by lunacy ...

BERENGER: Lunacy is lunacy and that's all there is to it! Everybody knows what lunacy is. And what about the rhinoceroses -- are they practice or are they theory?”

― Eugène Ionesco,

*Three Plays: Rhinoceros / The Chairs / The Lesson*