A critic = “One who expresses a reasoned opinion on
any matter especially involving a judgment of its value,
truth, righteousness, beauty, or technique” (“Critic”).
A Literary Critic
Literary Criticism =
“The evaluative or interpretive work written by professional
interpreters of texts. It is "criticism" not because it is
negative or corrective, but rather because those who write
criticism ask hard, analytical, crucial, or "critical" questions
about the works they read” (“Glossary”).
A real bookworm!
What’s the difference again?
A critic is one who likes or dislikes a book, a movie, a
dinner. A critic does evaluate but only on the basis of
A literary critic is usually a professor of literature.
Literary criticism is the act of interpreting literature
and must be published in an academic publication
such as a journal.
Types of Literary Criticism
Here are some types of literary criticism.
See a complete list at
What is NOT literary criticism?
Literary criticism must be published in an academic
journal or paper.
So, where do I find legitimate
Step 1: Go to the LFCC library page http://www.lfcc.edu/library/
Step 2: Click on FIND ARTICLES
Step 3: Click on LITERATURE RESOURCE CENTER (Infotrac)
Step 4: Fill in your BB user name and password (same one you use
for MY LFCC)
Step 5: Look for full text articles on by author for literary criticism
Step 6: Click on tab for literary criticism
Step 7: Evaluate the article to make sure it is truly an analysis, not a
“Critic.” Miriam Webster Online. 2009. 10 Jun 2009.
Critic Image. 2009. Microsoft Free Clip Art. 14 June 2009.
“Glossary Literary Criticism.” 2005. 10 Jun 2009.
Title Image. Bookworm Chicken. 2009. Microsoft Free Clip Art. April
10, 2008. < http://office.microsoft.com/en-