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Literary Criticism Research: ENC 1102 (Strong-Robinson Smith): What is Literary Criticism

How to find analytical studies of literary works

What is Literary Criticism?


Literary criticism is the interpretation, analysis and evaluation of an author and their literary works that is usually presented as a critical essay. Literary criticism may focus on a specific literary work or it may analyze and interpret a specific portion of an author's writings or the author's writings as a whole. Finding literary criticism can be a daunting task.  When searching in the library's catalog or databases, focus on the author, title of the work(s), literary genre and literary themes associated with your subject. 

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