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What is Literary Criticism?
Literary criticism is more than a plot summary or facts about the author's life. It is an in-depth analysis of a poem, essay, novel, short story or play.
The Oxford English Dictionary defines literary criticism as:
"the art or practice of judging and commenting on the qualities and character of a literary work; consideration or analysis of a text in relation to language, structure, biography, history, etc., or (in later use, freq. with modifying word) by a particular philosophical, political, or linguistic method; (also) an instance of this, esp. in a written form; a school or method of criticizing literature."
Databases - Literary Criticism
JSTOR Arts & Sciences
JSTOR offers high-quality, interdisciplinary content to support scholarship and teaching. It includes leading academic journals across the humanities, social sciences, and sciences, as well as select monographs and other materials valuable for academic work. Journals are always included from volume 1, issue 1 and include previous and unrelated titles.
Project MUSE is a 100%full-text online collection of several hundred titles in the arts, humanities and social sciences from 60 university and society presses. MUSE journals cover many fields of study including literature, history, politics and policy studies, economics, education, film, religion and women?s studies.
Literature Criticism Online
provides access to the Contemporary Literary Criticism, Nineteenth Literary Criticism, and Twentieth Century Literary Criticism
Gale Literary Sources (TEL)
Literature Resource Center, Twayne’s Authors Series, and Scribner Writers Series have all been integrated into Gale Literary Sources, enabling researchers, faculty, and students to search across literary criticisms, original works, biographies, reviews, and more, in order to discover and analyze content in entirely new ways.
Gale Literary Index (TEL)
Gale's Literary Index is a master index to the major literature products published by Gale. It combines and cross-references over 165,000 author names, including pseudonyms and variant names, and listings for over 215,000 titles into one source.