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Literature and Literary Criticism: Home

This guide will introduce you to resources that provide information on authors, literary works, and literary criticism.

Getting Started

Welcome to Trexler Library's Literature and Literary Criticism Guide.

This guide provides you with resources for finding background information and literary criticismunderstanding 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.

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