Definition: Literary criticism

From New World Encyclopedia


Literary from French littéraire, from Latin litterarius and criticism borrowed from Middle French critique, from Latin criticus, from Ancient Greek κριτικός (kritikós, “of or for judging, able to discern”), from κρίνω (krínō, “I judge”).


literary criticism (uncountable)

  1. (literature) The study, discussion, evaluation, and interpretation of literature.

Related terms

  • literary theory


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