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Literary Criticism

About This Guide

This guide is designed to help locate scholarly information about authors and their works. Included are resources that cover interpretation, critical evaluation, and the historical development of various literary genres such as poetry, drama, novels and short stories. All resources listed are available through the Adelphi Libraries print and/or online collection, many of which are accessible through the library web page. If you need more assistance please ask for help at the Reference Desk or call (516) 877-3574 to speak with a librarian.

What is Literary Criticism and where do I find it?
“Literary criticism" is the evaluation, analysis, or interpretation of literary works. It is usually in the form of a critical essay, has references, and is not an opinion piece. Criticism may examine a particular literary work, look at an author’s writings as a whole, or compare and contrast works by time period, within a genre or with other authors.

You will be using Library subscription databases to find relevant secondary sources (critical essays about the book, poem, play, performance) that reflect on your primary source.


Book Review v Literary Criticism

book review vs lit criticism