Welcome to Trexler Library's Literature and Literary Criticism Guide.
This guide provides you with resources for finding background information and literary criticism, understanding literary theory, and writing about it.
Understanding Literary Research
- Literary research encompasses the study, discussion, and interpretation of literature. Most student work will be their own interpretation of literature combined with published, critical analysis of literature.
- Literary criticism or literary theory studies literature to determine what it means. It defines, classifies, analyzes, interprets, and evaluates works of literature. Literature can be analyzed through specific critical theories, such as historical, feminist, post modernism, formalist, and Marxist.