Denise Riley

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Denise Riley (born 1948 in Carlisle, England) is professor of Literature with Philosophy, a philosophical linguist, critical theorist, and poet.

Her interests are art, poetry, intellectual history and the philosophy of language. She has written and edited a number of books and several works of poetry.

She is not related to the poet Peter Riley.



  • Denise Riley, War in the Nursery: Theories of the Child and Mother, Virago, 1983, ISBN 0-86068-273-0.
  • Denise Riley "Am I That Name?": Feminism and the Category of "Women" in History, Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-8166-4269-9.
  • Denise Riley, The Words of Selves: Identification, Solidarity, Irony, Stanford University Press, 2000, ISBN 0-8047-3911-0.
  • Denise Riley with Jean-Jacques Lecercle, The Force of Language, Palgrave Macmillan, 2004 ISBN 1-4039-4248-X.
  • Denise Riley, Impersonal Passion: Language as Affect, Duke University Press, 2004, ISBN 0-8223-3512-3.
  • Stephen Heath, Colin MacCabe and Denise Riley, editors, The Language, Discourse, Society Reader, Palgrave, 2004, ISBN 0-333-76372-6.


  • Denise Riley, Dry Air, 1985, ISBN 0-86068-539-X.
  • Denise Riley (Ed.), Poets on Writing: Britain 1970-1991, Macmillan, 1992.
  • Denise Riley, Mop Mop Georgette: New and Selected Poems 1986-1993, Reality Street Editions, 1993, ISBN 1-874400-04-0.
  • Denise Riley, Denise Riley: Selected Poems, 2000.
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