This page contains information on literary criticism and also offers suggestions on finding/writing book reviews and literature reviews.
According to the entry for Criticism in the Handbook to Lterature, 10th edition (Ref PN41.H355 2006), criticism is defined as "[t]he analysis, study, and evaluation of individual works of art, as well as the formulation of general principles for the examination of such works." This and a companion entry, Criticism, Types of, are good points of departure for further, in-depth study of literary criticism.
The Handbook to Literature also provides brief defining/descriptive entries for the better known approaches to literary criticism, such as feminist criticism, historical criticism, New Criticism, etc.
What is a case study?
A case study is a book that examines a subject from a variety of approaches or perspectives.
A book that is a case study may not reveal this in its title, as the following literary case studies owned by Houston Cole Library illustrate.
Literary Criticism falls under the broader rubric of General Literature (LC subclass PN) and has a parallel alphabet (for both reference and circulating books) whose boundaries are approximately PN81 - PN100. These books are on Houston Cole Library's sixth floor, and if one is perusing the reference section there it would be wise to browse back as far as PN41 in order to harvest the handbooks to literature.
A detailed outline of the class, taken from SuperLCCS: Gale's Library of Congress Classification Schedules, is accessible via the link below. Notice the "money zone" that begins with PN98. Many items in the list are critical approaches and could be used to fill database or internet searchboxes when seeking literary criticism of a particular kind.
To locate literary criticism written from a particular critical approach:
What is a book review?
At its simplest, a book review is a summary description of a book.
How to write a Book Review (non-academic)
How to Write a Book Review (academic)
Locating Book Reviews in Electronic Databases (EBSCOhost)
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