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eBooks on Literary Criticism
Schools of Literary Criticism
The following are some of the major schools of literary criticism. The Purdue OWL provides a good overview on their website Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism. When searching, consider different keywords that may reflect the major concerns of the approach, rather than just the name of the school/theory.
- Archetypal criticism
- Feminist criticism
- Formalism (literary criticism)
- Marxist criticism
- New criticism
- New historicism
- Psychoanalytic criticism
- Queer theory
Vico's Four Stages of Mental Life:
- Metaphor: Encountering New Things
- Metonymy: The Search for Understanding
- Synecdoche: Integrating and Idealizing
- Irony: Liberalism and Disillusionment