the return of LiteraryCritic, sort of

I used to collect bibliographic lists — Modern Library 100 best novels, for example — and put them up at my site  This was back in 2000 or so, back when I and the Web were young. For years it attracted book hunters who clicked from my pages through to Amazon, earning me commissions which, to my amazement, were sometimes as much as $100 a month.

Now it’s just another moldering dead project, and I even lost the domain name by not renewing in time, losing it to someone sharper who… has done nothing with it.

But I digress. I’ve resurrected the pages and put them at I might even update and add on to it.  So, enjoy, and may I recommend Harold Bloom’s magisterial summation of the Western canon as he sees it.  Also, send me any lists you’ve come across, no matter how obscure.  In fact, obscure is good, because when Google crawls my site and finds the names of obscure authors and books, I get good Google rank on these items (because hardly anyone else on the Web mentions them).  Thus I probably make more Amazon commission money on these obscurantists, searching for, say, 19th-century Hungarian authors.

Send me those lists..

The Most Cited Books in 2007

Global information publisher Thomson Reuters recently collected citations from the journal literature it indexed in 2007 — mainly academic / peer-reviewed journals — to books and their authors.  Below is the list of the most-cited works/authors in the humanities and social sciences.  (in the sciences, the journal rather than the book is the main communication vehicle).

For a measure of your canonical literacy, or perhaps your academic orientation, see how many of these authors you’ve read something by.  I’ve been so bold.

From Times Higher Education (UK).

1    Michel Foucault (1926-1984) Philosophy, sociology, criticism”
2    Pierre Bourdieu (1930-2002) Sociology
3    Jacques Derrida (1930-2004) Philosophy
4    Albert Bandura (1925- ) Psychology
5    Anthony Giddens (1938- ) Sociology
6    Erving Goffman (1922-1982) Sociology
7    Jurgen Habermas (1929- ) Philosophy, sociology”
8    Max Weber (1864-1920) Sociology
9    Judith Butler (1956- ) Philosophy
10    Bruno Latour (1947- ) Sociology, anthropology”
11    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) Psychoanalysis
12    Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) Philosophy
13    Immanuel Kant (1724-1804) Philosophy
14    Martin Heidegger (1889-1976) Philosophy
15    Noam Chomsky (1928- ) Linguistics, philosophy”
16    Ulrich Beck (1944- ) Sociology
17    Jean Piaget (1896-1980) Philosophy
18    David Harvey (1935- ) Geography
19    John Rawls (1921-2002) Philosophy
20    Geert Hofstede (1928- ) Cultural studies
21    Edward W. Said (1935-2003) Criticism
22    Emile Durkheim (1858-1917) Sociology
23    Roland Barthes (1915-1980) Criticism, philosophy”
24    Clifford Geertz (1926-2006) Anthropology
25    Hannah Arendt (1906-1975) Political theory
26    Walter Benjamin (1892-1940) Criticism, philosophy”
27    Henri Tajfel (1919-1982) Social psychology
28    Ludwig Wittgenstein (1889-1951) Philosophy
29    Barney G. Glaser (1930- ) Sociology
30    George Lakoff (1941- ) Linguistics
31    John Dewey (1859-1952) Philosophy, psychology, education”
32    Benedict Anderson (1936- ) International studies
33    Emmanuel Levinas (1906-1995) Philosophy
34    Jacques Lacan (1901-1981) Psychoanalysis, philosophy, criticism”
35    Thomas S. Kuhn (1922-1996) History and philosophy of science
36    Karl Marx (1818-1883) Political theory, economics, sociology”
37    Friedrich Nietzsche (1844-1900) Philosophy