What is literary criticism?

  • (noun): A written evaluation of a work of literature.
    Synonyms: criticism
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Literary Criticism

Literary criticism is the study, evaluation, and interpretation of literature. Modern literary criticism is often informed by literary theory, which is the philosophical discussion of its methods and goals. Though the two activities are closely related, literary critics are not always, and have not always been, theorists.

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Literary Criticism - Questions To The Value of Academic Criticism
... The value of literary criticism has been questioned by some prominent artists ... that good readers don't read books, and particularly literary masterpieces, "for the academic purpose of indulging in generalizations" ... to the legacy of Joyce's art, by the 261 books of literary criticism stored by the Library of Congress he summed up that Academics are "people who want to brand this ...
Literary Criticism In Iran - Modern Literary Criticism - Literary Critics - Mīrzā Fatḥ ʿAlī Ākhūnd'zādah
... Ali Akhundzadeh Considered the "founder of modern literary criticism in Iran," Mīrzā Fatḥ ʿAlī Ākhūnd'zādah used literary criticism as "the vehicle for his reformist impulse." Ākhund'zādah, because of his ... needs of its time." He published many works on literary criticism Qirītīkah ("Criticism") Risālah-i īrād ("Fault-finding treatise") Fann-i kirītīkah ("Art of ...

More definitions of "literary criticism":

  • (noun): The informed analysis and evaluation of literature.
    Synonyms: lit crit

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