What is Literature Resource Center?
Search the library's LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER database to find
literary criticism, author biographies, and work overviews:
What is Literary Criticism?
- Literary criticism is analysis, interpretation and evaluation of authors and their works of literature, which can include novels, short stories, essays, plays and poetry.
- Such critical analysis is often written by literary critics and is found in essays, articles and books.
- Literary "criticism" is not necessarily negative; "criticism" means a thoughtful critique of an author's work or an author's style in order to better understand the meaning, symbolism or influences of a particular piece or a body of literature.
- EXAMPLE CRITICISM OF THE NOVEL ON THE ROAD
“The bits and pieces of America that the book captures, therefore, are snapshots taken on the run, glimpses from the window of a speeding car. And they are carefully selected to represent a way of life that is coming to an end in the postwar boom, a way of life before televisions and washing machines and fast food…”
- FROM A MAGAZINE ARTICLE AVAILABLE THROUGH LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER:
Menand, Louis. "Drive, He
Wrote." The New Yorker
1 Oct. 2007: 88. Literature
Resource Center. Web. 28