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Literary Criticism   Tags: english, literary_criticism, literature  

An overview of the print and electronic resources available for literary research at MSU.
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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. Please contact the Reference Desk on the 2nd floor of Mitchell Memorial Library,  (662) 325-7667, or use our Ask-A-Librarian service for further questions about any of these resources.


Introductions to Literary Criticism and Theory

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Introducing Literary Theories: A Guide and Glossary - Julian Wolfreys
Call Number: PN94 .I58 2001
ISBN: 0748614834
Publication Date: 2001-06-06

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Critical Theory and the Literary Canon - E. Dean Kolbas
Call Number: PN81 .K595 2001
ISBN: 0813398134
Publication Date: 2001-04-13

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Literary Theory - Johannes Willem Bertens
Call Number: PN94 .B47 2001
ISBN: 0415250617
Publication Date: 2001-05-18

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Literary Theory: An Introduction - Terry Eagleton
Call Number: PN94 .E2 1983
ISBN: 0631201882
Publication Date: 1996-10-26

Key Terms and Concepts

  • Harmon, William. A Handbook to Literature, 10th edition. Prentice Hall
    Ref PN41.H355 2000
    Comprehensive listing and explanation of terms useful in the study of literature in English.
  • Scott, A.F. Current Literary Terms: A Concise Dictionary of their Origin and Use. New York : St. Martin's Press.
    Ref PN44.5.S3 1979
    Alphabetically arranged cross-referenced definitions of principal terms used in all branches of literature.
  • Shaw, Harry. Dictionary of Literary Terms. New York : McGraw-Hill Book Company.
    Ref PN44.5.S46
    Definitions, explications, and illustrations of literary terms, references, and illusions encountered by today's student.

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