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Criticism: Literature, Film, and Drama: Literary Criticism

This guide will show you how to find criticisms online and in the library.

What is literary criticism?

Literary criticism is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. 

Although criticism may include some of the following elements in order to support an idea, literary criticism is NOT a plot summary, a biography of the author, or simply finding fault with the literature.

Researching, reading, and writing works of literary criticism will help you to make better sense of the work, form judgments about literature, study ideas from different points of view, and determine on an individual level whether a literary work is worth reading.

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