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Literature Theory and Criticism Research Guide

Getting Started

Literary theory is complicated and large, but there are a lot of good resources for someone who is just starting out. 

Reference Works

These works provide good introductions to theoretical concepts, and citations for further reading. 

Handbooks and Encyclopedias

These handbooks can help you to better understand theoretical concepts and their histories.

State of Criticism

To understand the critical conversation that is already taking place, you may wish to consult:

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