Literary criticism is concerned with the evaluation and interpretation of literature. When you ask questions like "why did the author choose this setting?" or "how does this book reflect the time during which it was written?" you're engaging in literary criticism. Literary criticism helps enrich our reading of literature and expands our understanding of the work.
While literary criticism can be complex, there's no need to get overwhelmed! Below are some links to guides with more information about literary criticism.
It doesn't have to be difficult to locate literary criticism! Here are some tips.
The Literary Sources database should be your first stop for locating literary criticism. On the advanced search page, be sure to check the box for "Peer-Reviewed Journals" and select "Literature Criticism" as the content type. For this assignment, type "Spiegelman Maus" into the search bar.
The Literary Sources database is not the only SLLC database where you can find literary criticism. Here are some other places you can try.
If you'd like to continue to more in-depth research, schedule a consultation with a librarian! We're happy to help you find exactly what you need.