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Literary Research Guide: Start Your Research

A guide to researching and locating articles, books, and other materials about writers and their works.

Writing about Literature

Writing About Literature

This book is an easy to read introduction to writing about and analyzing literature.

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Your instructor has asked you to write a review or analyze a piece of literature, but where do you begin?   Use the links below to learn about the various schools of literary criticism.  Then look for journal articles, books, videos or web sites  discussing the author and his/her works using the tabs above.

What is Literary Criticism and Theory?

  • Literary Theory This article from the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy, a peer-reviewed academic resource, features a brief overview of the following areas of criticism: Formalism, New Criticism, Marxist literary theory, Structuralism, Post-structuralism, New Historicism, Cultural Materialism, ethnic studies and Post-colonial Criticism, gender studies and Queer Theory, and cultural studies. The article also provides a list of references for further reading.

Literary Movements

WNC Literary Research Assignment

Literary Genres

The information in this guide is taken from Credo - one of WNC Library's encyclopedic databases.  If you don't find the genre or movement you are researching, you can go directly to Credo.