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ENC 1102: Finding Literary Criticism & More (Dale Mabry): Critical lenses

Selected websites and library resources for researching works of literature.

What is literary criticism?

Literary criticism can be defined as analysis and interpretation of literary works by scholars who are writing for an academic audience.

Often times these scholars are examining one or more literary works through particular theories or critical lenses. Learn about many of these perspectives by exploring the resources on this page.

Tim Nance on YouTube


  • What is literary criticism?
  • New criticism
  • Reader response
  • Deconstruction
  • Psychological criticism
  • Feminist criticism
  • Historical criticism
  • The Hero's Journey

Matt Alberhasky on YouTube


  • Race Ethnicity analysis
  • Formalism
  • New historical analysis
  • Feminist criticism
  • Psychoanalytic theory
  • Structuralism
  • Queer theory
  • Deconstruction theory