Literary criticism analyzes, interprets, or evaluates a work of literature. Criticism asks what literature is, what it does, and what it is worth.
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Start with these databases when searching for dissertations and theses written at other universities. You can request dissertations using Interlibrary Loan.
Literature Resource Center - Recommended starting point, the database contains biographies, bibliographies, and critical analyses of more than 120,000 authors from every age and literary discipline. Includes Scribner Writer's Series with 15-20 page signed essays on more than 1,600 authors and literary genres drawn from 13 acclaimed Scribner print series. Twayne World, US, and English Authors each contain the full text of 200 frequently used Twayne Literary Masters books on individual World, US, or English authors, for a total of 600 full-text titles.