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English Literature

Criticism and Theory

Literary criticism is the interpretation and evaluation of literature. What is the substance and quality of the work? It is simultaneously more broad and more individualistic than literary theory since it applies to any critical engagement with any particular work. For more information on literary criticism, look here.

Literary theory is the collection of concepts that literary analysts can use to examine works of literature. These concepts provide foundational bases from which works can be interpreted. For more information on literary theory and the various forms it can take, look here.