Literary criticism can be defined as the knowledgeable evalution or analysis of literature; including observations on theme, symbol, and structure. It is analysis which explains a literary text and thus makes its meaning more clear or, discovers meanings that have not been perceived before.
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In Composition 2 (ENC1102) instructors often require students to locate sources of literary criticism as opposed to book reviews or plot summaries. Literary criticism can be found in a number of different sources including books/eBooks and literary journals.
This LibGuide page includes links to selected literature reference eBooks on the left and then side navigation (Literary Criticism in Books/eBooks, Literary Criticism in Databases, Poetry Criticism, Short Story Criticism, Literary Criticism on Websites) with information on finding literary criticism in several types of sources.
If you need further assistance with your literary research, visit us at the Cocoa library Ask-A-Librarian Desk (Bldg.#12) during library hours, email the Ask-A-Librarian at LibraryB@easternflorida.edu or call us at 321-433-7662.