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English: Literary Criticism

MLA International Bibliography

MLA International Bibliography

Literature Criticism Online



Literary Criticism

What is literary criticism?

Literary criticism is concerned with philosophical, descriptive, and evaluative inquiries about literature, including what literature is, what it does, and what it is worth.  The functions of literary criticism vary widely, ranging from the reviewing of books as they are published to systematic theoretical discussion ("The Art of Literature" 78).

How do I find it?

The easiest way to find literary criticism is to do a keyword search of the title of the work (be sure to put the title in quotes). Use this technique in any of the databases linked from this page. For criticism on a number of works by an author, do a keyword search of the author's name (again, in quotes).

"The Great Gatsby" "F. Scott Fitzgerald"
"Infinite Jest" "David Foster Wallace"
"Hamlet" "William Shakespeare"

If you're interested in finding a particular type of criticism of a work, search the title of your work AND the name of the critical lens.

e.g. searching Hamlet and feminist