Academic Book Series created, co-directed or edited by Myriam Diocaretz

  • Critical Studies (New York/Amsterdam, Rodopi)
  • Cultura y Diferencia. Teorias Feministas y Cultura Contemporanea (Barcelona, Anthropos)
  • Teoria Literaria: Texto y Teoria/Estudios Culturales (New York/Amsterdam, Rodopi)
  • Inter/Actions (Atlanta GA/Amsterdam, Rodopi)
  • Critical Theory (Amsterdam, John Benjamins) 11 volumes. Discontinued. Now published as a sub-series of Critical Studies. 



Publisher: Brill, formerly Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York 

ISSN 0923-411X

Dr. Myriam Diocaretz
Editorial Board:
-Anne E Berger, Cornell University
-Rosalind C. Morris, Columbia University
-Marta Segarra, Universitat de Barcelona

Dr. Esther von der Osten-Sacken
(Berlin) was Assistant Editor between 2000-2005.  
Margarita Princess de Bourbon de Parma (Amsterdam)  was Editorial Assistant between 1995-1997.
Leila Cherribi was Editorial Assistant during 1990 and 1991.

CRITICAL STUDIES seeks to foster cross-disciplinarity and thus to participate in the ongoing reconfiguration of the Humanities and Social Sciences, while challenging received conceptual frames and perspectives, be they entrenched or 'current'. To this aim, it publishes guest-edited, multi-authored collections of essays by scholars and intellectuals coming from various disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.

The series welcomes volumes dealing with a vast range of topics, from the most enduring to the most contemporary, such as future and emerging technologies. Whether topics initially pertain to the fields of gender studies, media studies, postcolonial studies or studies in post-humanism, to name just a few, special consideration is given to collections that 
1) seriously attempt to produce innovative cross-disciplinary analyses by involving multiple theoretical languages and/or cultural areas;
 2) do not content themselves with applying methodologies or theories but submit their own gestures and presuppositions to critical scrutiny;
3) endeavour to open new questions and to posit new objects for investigation on the basis of their methodological and theoretical innovation.

The titles published so far:
  • Demenageries, BERGER, Anne Emmanuelle, and Marta SEGARRA (Eds.), Vol. 35, 2011.
  • Sexed Sentiments, RUBERG, Willemijn and Kristine STEENBERGH (eDS.), Vol. 34, 2010.
  • Performative Body Spaces, HALLENSLEBEN, Marjus (Ed.), Vol. 33, 2010.
  • Chrono-topologies, KAVANAUGH, Leslie (Ed.), Vol. 32, 2010.
  • Essays on Boredom and Modernity, DALLE PEZZE, Barbara and Carlo SALZANI (Eds.) , Vol 31, 2009.
  • Exile Cultures, Misplaced Identities., ALLATSON, Paul and Jo MCCORMACK (Eds.) , Vol. 30, 2008
  • The Bakhtin Circle Today, DIAZ-DIOCARETZ, Myriam (Ed.), Vol. 1 No. 2, 1989. This volume is available in digital format since 2007.
  • The Matrix in Theory. DIOCARETZ, Myriam and Stefan HERBRECHTER (Eds.)  Volume 29, 2006.
  • Returning (to) Communities. HERBRECHTER, Stefan and Michael HIGGINS (Eds.), Vol. 28.
  • Transculturation. HERNÁNDEZ, Felipe, Mark MILLINGTON and Iain BORDEN (Eds.), Vol. 27.
  • Textual Ethos Studies- or Locating Ethics.  FAHRAEUS, Anna and AnnKatrin JONSSON (Eds.), 26.
  • Metaphors of Economy. 2005 BRACKER, NICOLE and HERBRECHTER, STEFAN (Eds.), 25
  • Carmen: from Opera to MTV. PERRIAM, Chris and Anne DAVIES (Eds), 24.
  • Post-Theory, Culture, Criticism. CALLUS, IVAN and HERBRECHTER, STEFAN (eds.), Volume 23, 2004.
  • Censorship & Cultural Regulation in the Modern Age. MULLER, BEATE (Ed.), Volume 22, 2004.
  • The Montage Principle: Eisenstein in New Cultural and Critical Contexts. ANTOINE-DUNNE, Jean and QUIGLEY, Paula (Eds.), Volume 21, 2004.
  • Cultural Studies: Interdisciplinarity and Translation. HERBRECHTER, Stefan (Ed.), Volume 20, 2002.
  • Music, Popular Culture, Identities.YOUNG, Richard (Ed.), Vol. 19, 2002.
  • Feminism/Femininity in Chinese Literature. CHEN, Peng-hsiang and Whitney Crothers DILLEY (Eds.), Vol. 18, 2002.
  • Bodycheck: Relocating the Body in Contemporary Performing Art. BLEEKER, Maaike, Steven De BELDER, Kaat DEBO, Luk Van den DRIES and Kurt VANHOUTTE (Eds.), Vol. 17, 2002.
  • Language-Meaning-Social Construction: Interdisciplinary Studies. GRANT, Colin B., MCLAUGHLIN, Donal Eds.), Vol. 16, 2001.
  • From Virgin Land to Disney World: Nature and Its Discontents in the USA of Yesterday and Today. HERZOGENRATH, Bernd (Ed.), Vol. 15, 2001.
  • The Seeing Century: Film, Vision, and Identity. Everett, Wendy (Ed.), Vol. 14, 2000.
  • Unforeseeable Americas: Questioning Cultural Hybridity in the Americas. GRANDIS, Rita De and Zilà BERND (Eds.), Vol. 13, 2000.
  • Communication and Culture: China and the World Entering the 21st Century. HEISEY, D. Ray and Wenxiang GONG (Eds.), Vol. 12, 1998.
  • The Fantastic Other: An Interface of Perspectives. COOKE, Brett, E. SLUSSER and Jaume MARTI-OLIVELLA (Eds.), Vol. 11, 1998.
  • Nominalism and Literary Discourse: New Perspectives. KEIPER, Hugo, Christoph BODE and Richard J. UTZ (Eds.), Vol. 10, 1997.
  • Language and the Subject. SIMMS, Karl (Ed.), Vol. 9, 1996.
  • Ethics and the Subject. SIMMS, Karl (Ed.), Vol. 8, 1996.
  • Writing the Nation: Self and Country in the Post-Colonial Imagination. HAWLEY, John C. (Ed.), Vol. 7, 1996.
  • In the Party Spirit: Socialist Realism and Literary Practice in the Soviet Union, East Germany and China. CHUNG, Hilary with Michael FALCHIKOV, Bonnie S. MCDOUGALL and Karin MCPHERSON (Eds.), Vol. 6, 1996.
  • Institution in Cultures: Theory and Practice. LUMSDEN, Robert and Rajeev PATKE (Eds.), Vol. 5, 1996 

 Critical Studies: a Journal of Critical Theory Literature & Culture

    • Bakhtin: Carnival and Other Subjects.SHEPHERD, David (Ed.), Vol. 3 No.2 – Vol. 4 No. 1/2, 1993

    • Cultural Studies: Crossing Boundaries. SALPER, Roberta L. (Ed.), Vol. 3 No.1, 1991

    • Mikhail Bakhtin and the Epistemology of Discourse.THOMSON, Clive (Ed.), Vol. 2 No 1/2, 1990

    • The Bakhtin Circle Today, DIAZ-DIOCARETZ, Myriam (Ed.), Vol. 1 No. 2, 1989. This volume is available in 2007 in  digital format.

    • Critical Studies, Vol. 1 No. 1, DIAZ-DIOCARETZ, Myriam, (Ed.), 1989. Inaugural issue.




Critical Studies is celebrating its 22th year in 2011! 

Myriam Diocaretz established Critical Studies in 1989,  inspired by her vision of a forum as "knowledge exchange" that can be a constant innovative ground across the globe for critical approaches emerging from different compartments -- the so-called disciplines-- and towards a better understanding of one's own and the others' cultures.

Part of the challenge was and is to maintain a dynamic yet steady focus of multiple perspectives within changing fields, beyond the contemporary trends. Her aim was and remains that Critical Studies may offer a site to stimulate an expert debate and to unfold the ground for  crossroads of creative and constructive critical renewals. It has been equally important that Critical Studies provides an open space for prospective visions of the knowledge resources of the mind so that the current generation can take our insights further. Since 1989, the Critical Studies series can well be said to support already at least two generations of scholars worldwide.

Since 1989, the series has been produced first from  Amsterdam and Atlanta, and then from Amsterdam/New York, by Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam. It first started as A Journal of Critical Theory Literature & Culture. Myriam Diocaretz chose the original boards for their outstanding and pioneering critical work and the clear role of leadership each scholar has shown in his/her fields.
The first
Editorial Board consisted of the following academics and intellectuals: 
Edmond Cros
U Paul Valéry/U Pittsburgh
, Antonio Gómez-Moriana U Montréal, Teresa de Lauretis U California, Santa Cruz, M.-Pierrette Malcuzynski U Warsaw, Marcelle Marini Paris VII, Toril Moi U Bergen/Duke, Elizabeth A. Meese U Alabama, Catharine R. Stimpson  Rutgers.
Advisory Board was constituted by:
Houston A. Baker Jr. U Pennsylvania, Teun A. van Dijk U Amsterdam, Henry Louis Gates, Jr. Cornell, Barbara Johnson Harvard, Julia Kristeva Paris VII, Iris M. Zavala University of Utrecht.
The editorial staff consisted of: Kees Hiep, Technical Editor (Netherlands); Somer Brodribb (Canada) and Ellie Siegel (USA), Associate Editors; Victoria Udom did a stage while doing her studies at the International School in Eerde and was an enthousiastic Editorial Assistant (Netherlands).

From Vol. 3, No. 1 (1991) Critical Studies has continued as a journal/book series. Given the new structure, the original Boards --whose work was gratefully acknowledged--, were dissolved. In short, Critical Studies continues its journey of multidisciplinary critical collections with guest editors and contributors from a wide variety of countries, including the United States, Canada, the European Union, Singapore, Latin America and China. 


2. Cultura y Diferencia, Teorías Feministas y Cultura Contemporánea

Barcelona: Anthropos editorial. A series on Gender Studies and the Cultural History of Literature, established jointly with Iris M. Zavala in 1992. Myriam's conceptual and programmatic framework on gender and the semiotics of culture provided the general objectives to define the series. Cultura y Diferencia has published ground-breaking work on Hispanic studies, such as the Breve Historia Feminista de la Literatura Espańola in several volumes.  General coordinator of the series until 2006.

3.   Teoria Literaria: Texto y Teoria/Estudios Culturales

Myriam Diocaretz was co-founder, and co-directed this series between 1986-2000. Published in Spanish by Editions Rodopi, Amsterdam/New York. General Editor: Iris M. Zavala. M. Diocaretz withdrew in 2000 in order to devote more time to her editorial activities in Critical Studies. 
4. Inter/Actions. A series in French. Founder and general editor.  Amsterdam/Atlanta: Editions Rodopi. Published between 1992-1997. 
5. Critical Theory: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Language, Discourse, Ideology Amsterdam/Philadelphia: John Benjamins Publishing Co. General editor, with I. M. Zavala, 1984-1994. Series discontinued. Now included as sub-series of Critical Studies.


Over the years, Myriam has also been member of several international editorial boards, including The Bakhtin Newsletter (Canada), Faulkner's Discourse: An International Symposium, 1988, (Tubingen, Germany), Alba de America 1986- (USA), IKON 1982- (New York), 13thMoon 1980-82 (New York), THIRD WOMAN (Hispanic Women Writers) Indiana U, 1982-88, Acta Literaria (Chile) 1978-79. From her graduate student times she particularly cherishes having worked as member of the editorial staff of Sequoia: Twenty Years of Poetry, 1976, ASSU Stanford University Press.

In 2001 she joined the Scientific Academic Editorial Board of Lectora. Revista de Dones i Textualitat published by the Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona. Myriam Diocaretz was the general editor and supervisor of an e-publishing platform, the Global E-Quality network. In the period 2001-2003 she led the Electronic Publishing Project: Towards a Digital Academic Publishing Centre at Universiteit Maastricht, managing the production of four e-publishing prototypes.