Social Research Glossary


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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 theory

core definition

Literary theory is a general term that refers to attempts to theorise about the nature of literature and, more usually, about the relationship between literature and the social world.

explanatory context

The majority of this theorising is influenced by Marxism.

analytical review

associated issues


related areas

See also



literary criticism


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