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ENGL 495: Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group

This guide will help you locate resources for your capstone class on Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Group.

What is Literary Criticism?

Literary criticism is the term given to studies that define, classify, analyze, interpret, and evaluate works of literature.

There are many types of literary criticism: some examples include historical criticism, textual criticism, feminist criticism, and formalist criticism.

Literary criticism may examine a particular literary work or it may look at an author's writings as a whole.

Finding Literary Criticism

Many of the resources you find in our literature databases will fall under the heading of 'literary criticism.' See below for these databases.

To specifically find literary criticism, search your author or the title of the work(s) you are researching in addition to:

  • literary criticism
  • literary theory
  • specific theories, such as feminism

Research Challenges

It can be difficult to find literary criticism. Here are some things that can be challenging when researching literature:

  • There are generally fewer articles on contemporary authors
  • There are generally fewer articles on women and minority authors
  • Some works just do not have a lot written on them

In these cases, you may need to be more creative when searching for sources. You can:

  1. Try WorldCat Interlibrary Loan. You can then search beyond what our library has and see what other libraries worldwide have in their holdings. You can always put in an interlibrary loan request to access these items.
  2. Try researching close topics. For example, if you cannot find resources on a particular text, do research on the author's other works; or, do research in general on the literary theory you have chosen and apply it to the text you are reading.
  3. Talk to a librarian. We are here to help you with your research! Don't feel you have to struggle for too long before talking with us.

Literary Criticism Resources