Literary criticism can be defined as the knowledgeable evaluation 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, and information on finding literary criticism in several types of sources.