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Introduction

Literary criticism is the study, evaluation and interpretation of literature. Use this guide to find literary criticism of novels, short stories, and poetry, plays, as well as biographical information about authors. The guide draws on the collection at the Central Library.

 

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The Event of Literature - Eagleton, Terry
Call Number: 801.9 E11e
ISBN: 0300178816
Publication Date: c2012
In this characteristically concise, witty, and lucid book, T. Eagleton turns his attention to the questions we should ask about literature, but rarely do. What is literature? Can we even speak of "literature" at all? What do different literary theories tell us about what texts mean and do?

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How to Read Texts: a Student Guide to Critical Approaches and Skills - McCaw, Neil
Call Number: 801.95 M12h
ISBN: 0826492886
Publication Date: c2008
Offers high school and college-level students a fine survey of critical theory paired with exercises and checklists to help students in their own readings of primary and secondary texts.

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An Introduction to Criticism: Literature, Film, Culture - Ryan, Michael
Call Number: 801.95 R98i
ISBN: 1405182830
Publication Date: 2012
Offers explanations of key works and major ideas in literary criticism and suggests key elements to look for in a literary text.

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The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism - Barbara E. Johnson (Editor); Vincent B. Leitch; T. Denean Sharpley-Whiting (Editor); John McGowan (Editor); Jeffrey J. Williams (Editor); William E. Cain (Editor); Laurie A. Finke (Editor)
Call Number: 801.95 N88L1
ISBN: 9780393932928
Publication Date: 2010-02-08
The Norton Anthology of Theory and Criticism presents a staggeringly varied collection of the most influential critical statements from the classical era to the present day.

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Literary Theory and Criticism: An Introduction - Stevens, Anne H.
Call Number: 801.95 S84L
ISBN: 9781554812370
Publication Date: 2015
Literary Theory and Criticism presents an overview to literary theory and criticism from various time periods, including the Middle Ages and Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and the nineteenth century to the twenty-first century.

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