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This guide will help you navigate the library's resources to find information on literature and literary criticism.
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Literary Criticism

According to M.H. Abrams literary criticism "is the overall term for studies concerned with defining, classifying, analyzing, intepreting, and evaluating works of literature." Literary criticsim may focus on a particular work of an author, a portion of the author's work or it may encompass the entire output of an author, looking at particular themes or approaches. Criticism can appear in individual journal articles or in entire books.

Abrams, M.H.(1999). A Glossary of Literary Terms.


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The Cambridge History of Literary Criticism: Volume 7 Modernism and the New Criticism -- available via Kemp Library as an ebook



This guide was created to accompany ENGLISH 163 Study of Literature, but it could be used by anyone who needs some tips on how to find literary criticism in our library. When working with literary criticism you may need to identify and define specific literary theories, in which case encyclopedias or dictionaries of literary terms may be useful starting points. When examining a particular work or portion of an author's work a criticism series, scholarly articles and book chapters may be more useful. The individual pages of this guides will steer you towards recommended sources and provides tips on the best way to research your topic

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The resources listed here and the search tips are recommendations. This is not an exhaustive list of everything we have but it should point you towards some good resources and get you started with your research. Don't hesitate to contact me with your concerns and questions or when you need help. My contact information is to your right   --   please use it!       >>>>>>

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Books on Literary Terms & Concepts

The library has many books that will help you define literary terms and theories. Here are just a few:

Dictionary of Concepts in Literary Criticism and Theory, by Wendall Harris(1992). (Ref. 801.95/H244d)

A Glossary of Contemporary Literary Theory, 4th. ed., by Jeremy Hawthorn. (Ref. 801.95/H318g4)

A Glossary of Literary Terms, 7th ed., by M.H.Abrams (Ref. 803/ABb83g7)

A Handbook to Literature, 6th ed., by C Holman & W. Harmon (Ref. 803/T411h6)

The Harper Handbook to Literature, by Northrup Frye, Sheridan Baker & george Perkins.(1985). (Ref. 803/F948h)

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