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Literary & Film Criticism

This guide provides information about how to find literary criticism and film criticism.


This library guide provides information about how to find literary and film criticism including suggestions for searching in library databases, journals, other online sources, and finding books.

Literary Criticism

Criticism is a type of source that analyzes and evaluates literary texts (such as novels, short stories, or plays) or other forms of cultural media (such as films, TV shows, visual art, or performances of music, theatre, and dance). Criticism often uses literary theory as a tool for analyzing texts.

Literary Theory generally refers to specific critical movements characterized by their approach to analyzing texts.

Some examples of literary theories include:

  • Feminist
  • Psychoanalytic
  • New historicism
  • Deconstruction
  • Marxist
  • Queer
  • Reader-Response
  • Postmodernism
  • Critical Race
  • Postcolonialism