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Communications & Mass Media Collection: Advertising and public relations, literature and writing, and linguistics.

Contemporary Literary CriticismSignificant published criticism on the works of novelists, poets, playwrights, short story writers, and other creative writers now living or who died after December 31, 1959. 

ebrary: Contains books on a range of academic, college-level subjects.

JSTORJournal articles in a scholarly database including anthropology, education, history, literature, philosophy, and sociology.


Featured Books

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How Literature Works - John Sutherland
Call Number: PN44.5 .S88 2011
Publication Date: 2011

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How to Read and Why - Harold Bloom
Call Number: PN83 .B57 2000
Publication Date: 2000

Literary Criticism: The Basics


Literary criticism refers to the process of defining, classifying, analyzing, interpreting, and evaluating pieces of literature with the purpose of understanding and appreciating them more fully. 

There are many different forms of literary criticism: archetypal, historical, feminist, formal, marxist, multicultural, psychoanalytical and textual. Along with examining the text, literary criticism generally includes investigating the author, learning their background, interests and other information relevant to their work.


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