Hello, all. :-)
I'm currently working on a dissertation, and I didn't want everything on my list to be interconnected in some way. Ergo, I'm picking ten works that I believe have been formative to my thinking over the years, rather than (only) the theorists presently making themselves cosy on my desk.
(1) Agha Shahid Ali, Preface to Ravishing DisUnities: Real Ghazals in English. 2000.
(2) Christine Brooke-Rose, "Palimpsest History." From Interpretation and Overinterpretation. 1992.
(3) Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Biographia Literaria. 1817.
(4) Terry Eagleton, Literary Theory. 1996.
(5) Antonio Gramsci, "The Modern Prince." From The Modern Prince: And Other Writings. 1957.
(6) Annette Kolodny, "A Map for Rereading: Or, Gender and the Interpretation of Literary Texts." 1980.
(7) Anthony Minghella, Minghella on Minghella. 2005.
(8) Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick, Epistemology of the Closet. 1990.
(9) Gayatri Chakravorty Spivak, "Three Women's Texts and a Critique of Imperialism." 1985.
(10) J.R.R. Tolkien, "On Fairy-Stories." From The Monsters and the Critics and Other Essays. 1938.
Edit: I withdraw my application. Thank you for your time.