as "the reasoned consideration of literary works and issues." In other words, it is the act of studying, evaluating, discussing, and/or interpreting a work of literature.
What else is Literary Criticism?
There are many reasons for engaging in Literary Criticism. For example:
The following organizations promote Literary Criticism:
"The Modern Humanities Research Association (UK) encourages and promotes advanced study and research in the field of the modern humanities... The Association fulfils this purpose through the publication of journals, bibliographies, monographs, critical editions, and the MHRA Style Guide, and by making grants in support of research."
"MELUS endeavors to expand the definition of new, more broadly conceived US literature through the study and teaching of Latino, Native American, African American, Asian and Pacific American, and ethnically specific Euro-American literary works, their authors, and their cultural contexts."
"The ALSCW seeks to promote excellence in literary criticism and scholarship, and works to ensure that literature thrives in both scholarly and creative environments... publishers of Literary Imagination (an acclaimed review, issued three times per year), Literary Matters (an online journal), and Forum (an imprint on literary advocacy and public policy)."
Websites with Dictionaries of Literary Terms:
Literary Criticism is not the same thing as: