Who Made This?

I did, and I am John Weatherford, a graduate student in English Literature at the University of Georgia currently pursuing my master’s degree. As you can tell, I have an interest in literary theory, and my other academic interests include Southern Literature, British and American Modernism, and the intersection of faith (in my specific case, Christian faith) and literature.

I don’t think you need to know much more than that about me to read this page, but you can always facebook me if you’re unusually curious.

By the by, the chapter summaries are password protected because:

1) they are my reading notes from Lois Tyson’s Critical Theory Today, 2e, and
2) as such, they largely consist of quotes or simple paraphrases of what I deem relevant portions of the text so
3) I want to try and respect copyright law by not posting large, significant portions of her text online for free.

So, if you own a copy of the book and want to read my notes (or want to use them for other academic purposes), leave me a comment, and I’ll send you the password.


15 Responses to Who Made This?

  1. Nikki Blasko says:

    I’d love to see what you’ve got, lit theory is a tough subject for me.

  2. John says:

    Do you own the book? If so, I’ll send you the password. Thanks,


  3. This looks like a very interesting website. Well done!

  4. Ianna-marie C. says:

    Hi John, I am unsure if you still update or check in on this site, but if you do, I do indeed have Tyson, and would love to see your thoughts. I am a senior undergraduate English major taking a Critical Procedures class right now. Thank you in advance!

  5. Roy Mullins says:


    I appreciate you sharing your work via this blog. I have just begun graduate studies at the University of Texas at Arlington and find your posts to be most illuminating when read after reading the texts covered. They provide a second reading to test against. I use Tyson’s “guide” in a similar fashion. I would like access to your notes in Tyson if you can provide a password. Thanks in advance for your consideration. Your post above is several years old, how are your studies progressing?

  6. katie lu says:

    I’ve got a paper to do on post-structuralism and this website is a godsend. I’m interested on your notes. Could you send me the password? Thanks a bunch.

  7. Brent Taylor Stenhouse says:

    Mr. Weatherford:

    Thanks! Very interesting and informative. Of particular interest to me is your interest in the “intersection of faith and literature.”

    Would you be kind enough to elaborate on that further for me? How does this intersection manifest itself? In literary theory, moreover, have you found any theories that seem to complement Christian metaphysics, etc? I, myself, have started seeing connections between many of the theorists I’ve been introduced to (Bakhtin, Burke, Saussure, etc.) and Christian metaphysics.

    Brent Taylor Stenhouse

    • John says:

      Hi Brent,

      Thanks for your comment. To be honest, I’ve stepped away from active research lately–I’ve just been teaching the past few years. But, to give a very brief answer to your question, I find a number of critical theories do in fact illuminate aspects of the world in ways similar to Christian theology, etc. Nice to know that there are others out there with similar interests.


  8. Richard Miller says:

    Your “chef” metaphor is profoundly insightful regarding the challenging conceptual distinctions made in “The Death of the Author”. I wish this were published in print; I am going to quote you in my dissertation. I just do not like having http in my footnotes (welcome to the Wild West of the 21st century, Richard!).

    • John says:

      Thanks so much for the kind words! It is a crazy world we live in nowadays with the web creeping into our academic work. Best of luck with the dissertation,

  9. Stephanie says:

    Hello, I’ve got the book and I’d love to take a peek at your blog if that’s okay (I noticed I’m a little late to the party, just finishing my masters in literature after almost doing an MFA in poetry). Thanks!

  10. Seda says:

    You saved my life tonight John, thanks a lot! I have been meddling with Michel Foucault’s Order of Discourse for a presentation and I was not sure if I was on the right track with the classifications that he makes… thanks to your post I re-checked my notes and saw that I actually understood Foucault, now I can stop saying What the Foucault! (ok this was the last time) Great Party!

  11. Ms. L R Sarma says:

    Hi John, I’m working on feminism for my phd…Could you kindly let me access your notes on feminism, please?

  12. emily dolan says:

    Not sure if you still check these comments, but I am writing a Masters Thesis for my MSW at York University in Toronto and would love the password for your piece on Foucault’s The Order of Discourse

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