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Literary Criticism

An overview of the print and electronic resources available for literary research at MSU.

What is Literary Criticism? How do I find it?

Literary criticism is the term given to studies that define, classify, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of literature. There are many types of literary criticism: some examples include historical criticism, textual criticism, feminist criticism, and formalist criticism. Literary criticism may examine a particular literary work or it may look at an author's writings as a whole. Finding literary criticism can be challenging. This research guide is designed to help students research and write a literary criticism paper. 

Introductions to Literary Criticism and Theory

Literary Reference Books: Key Terms, Dictionaries, Handbooks, and Concepts

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