Michèle Barrett

Michèle Barrett is a literary, cultural and social theorist whose career has been characterized by a rich and varied range of interests. Barrett’s early work on Virginia Woolf had a significant impact on scholarly understandings of women’s writing and feminist literary theory. She then proceeded to publish seminal work on the relationship between Marxism and feminism, as well as making enduring contributions to poststructuralist thought, particularly in relation to issues of ideology, truth and discourse. Subsequently, she has become well known as a leading expert on the cultural and social aspects of the First World War, with her research also covering topics ranging from Star Trek to war graves. She is currently Professor of Modern Literary and Cultural Theory at Queen Mary, University of London. Her books with Polity include The Politics of Truth: From Marx to Foucault and Imagination in Theory: Essays on Writing and Culture.