Novels, poems, short stories and plays can be challenging research topics. Thankfully, the Ventura College Library has resources that can help you with your studies.
Here are a few thoughts to consider before you begin your research:
- To begin, keep in mind that there are different kinds of Literary Criticism, such as Moral Criticism, New Criticism, Jungian Criticism, as well as Marxist Criticism, to name a few. This guide is here to help point you to reliable resources that will help you to explore literary criticism, within the library resources as well as out on the internet.
- Some things you may encounter in literary critiques:
- The work you are researching is compared/contrasted with the author's other writings.
- The work you are researching is discussed in the context of the author's life (critical biography).
- The work you are researching is compared to different authors' works.
- Important note! Give yourself plenty of time to complete your assignment, including doing your works cited page. Literary Criticism can be more time-consuming than other research assignments.