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English 199: Introduction to the Study of Literature

What is literary theory?

Literary theory offers different approaches for studying and analyzing literature.  There are many schools of literary theory (for example, Marxism, feminism, ecocriticism, postcolonial theory, etc.) and any work of literary criticism that you read may employ one or more of them. The following resources offer an introduction to literary theories and how you might apply them to your own analysis of a work of literature.

Introductions to iterary theory

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