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Citation reference: Harvey, L., 2012-20, Social Research Glossary, Quality Research International,

This is a dynamic glossary and the author would welcome any e-mail suggestions for additions or amendments. Page updated 19 December, 2019 , © Lee Harvey 2012–2020.


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Literary criticism

core definition

Literary criticism is the examination and analysis of literary works.

explanatory context

There are two broad, and antagonistic, approaches to literary criticism.


The traditional approach is one that explores the literary devices used in works, its style, its relation to a 'grand tradition' of literature, etc. and judges the text on these criteria.


The alternative, structuralist, approach is concerned only with the text as a document, is not concerned with judging whether it is 'great literature' and directs its analysis at the structural elements of the text.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also



literary theory


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