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Literary Criticism


 

WHAT IS LITERARY CRITICISM? HOW DO I FIND IT?

Literary criticism is the evaluation, analysis, description, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of a critical essay, but in-depth book reviews can sometimes be considered literary criticism. Criticism may examine a particular literary work, or may look at an author's writings as a whole. Finding literary criticism can be challenging. This pathfinder is designed to help you in researching and writing a paper that requires sources of literary criticism.

This pathfinder suggests some online and print sources, to show you what kinds of things are available on the web and in the library.


E-BOOKS



DATABASE RESOURCES

Academic OneFile - Full-text journal and magazine articles and citations covering the sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects.

Biography in Context

Gale Virtual Reference Library


Web Resources

 

Literaryhistory.com - Many author biographies are listed in this collection of 19th and 20th century subjects. You can browse alphabetically. 

Cambridge History of English and American Literature - Contains over 300 chapters with essay topics ranging from poetry, fiction, drama and essays to history, theology and political writing.

Poetry Writing and Analysis Guide - Find info on how to critically read and analyze poetry.

Litcharts - From the creators of SparkNotes, a series of searchable literature guides on various subjects.

 

CITATION INFORMATION

One of the best sources to use when creating your bibliography is the Owl Purdue Site.  Even if you are using the citation information directly from the databases, it is important to double check to ensure you have the MLA format done correctly---sometimes the database format is off a bit.