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Christopher Charles Norris (born 6 November 1947)[1] is a British literary critic and theorist.



As of 2007 he is Distinguished Research Professor in Philosophy at Cardiff University. He completed his PhD in English at University College London in 1975, while Sir Frank Kermode served as the Lord Northcliffe Professor of modern English literature there.

Until 1991 Norris taught in the Cardiff English Department. He has also held fellowships and visiting appointments at a number of institutions, including the University of California, Berkeley, the City University of New York and Dartmouth College.

He is one of the world's leading scholars on deconstruction, particularly in the work of Jacques Derrida. He has written numerous books and papers on literary theory and other disciplines, and his work is highly acclaimed and widely respected. Indeed, Norris is now considered a philosopher in his own right: 2003's Life After Theory featured an interview with Norris, placing him alongside Derrida as a significant contemporary.

Selected works

  • Theory and Practice
  • Against Relativism
  • New Idols of the Cave
  • Uncritical Theory
  • Derrida
  • What's Wrong with Postmodernism
  • Quantum Theory and the Flight from Realism: Philosophical Responses to Quantum Mechanics
  • Resources of Realism: Truth, Meaning, and Interpretation
  • Inside the Myth: Orwell, Views from the Left (Ed)
  • Badiou's Being & Event


  1. ^ "Christopher (Charles) Norris" (2002). Contemporary Authors Online. Gale. Retrieved on January 19, 2007.

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