literary criticism

Definitions of literary criticism

n the informed analysis and evaluation of literature

lit crit
Type of:
literary study
the humanistic study of literature

n a written evaluation of a work of literature

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explication de texte
a method of literary criticism that analyzes details of a text in order to reveal its structure and meaning
textual criticism
comparison of a particular text with related materials in order to establish authenticity
new criticism
literary criticism based on close analysis of the text
a form of literary criticism in which the structure of a piece of writing is analyzed
critical review, critique, review, review article
an essay or article that gives a critical evaluation (as of a book or play)
higher criticism
the scientific study of biblical writings to determine their origin and meaning
lower criticism
the study of existing manuscripts of the Scriptures in order to determine the original text
Masora, Masorah
a vast body of textual criticism of the Hebrew Scriptures including notes on features of writing and on the occurrence of certain words and on variant sources and instructions for pronunciation and other comments that were written between AD 600 and 900 by Jewish scribes in the margins or at the end of texts
book review
a critical review of a book (usually a recently published book)
a short critical review
an extravagantly enthusiastic review
Type of:
piece of writing, writing, written material
the work of a writer; anything expressed in letters of the alphabet (especially when considered from the point of view of style and effect)

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