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Literary Criticism & Analysis

English 4 (A. Moellering, M. Garcia)

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Literary criticism is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of individual works of literature or an author's complete works.

Literary analysis involves examining all the parts of a novel, play, short story, or poem—elements such as character, setting, tone, and imagery—and thinking about how the author uses those elements to create certain effects.

Features of Literary Criticism & Analysis

  • Published as journal articles or full-length books
  • Peer-reviewed work of scholars
  • More in-depth critique of a work (compared to book reviews)
  • Intended for an academic audience

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Search Tip:  Search in the database using the title of the work ("The Road") and the author's last name (McCarthy).  For example: "The Road" AND McCarthy