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Languages Research Guide: Approaches to Literature

This guide provides access to library resources helpful to Languages students.

Elements of Literature

 Structural elements like plot, characters, symbolism, etc. are the building blocks from which authors construct texts.  Formalists consider how structural elements of the text contribute to the author’s message.  Use the Elements of Literature Checklist to keep track of the elements of texts and how they're used.

Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms

Use the Oxford Dictionary of Literary Terms to look up terms to enhance your reading and writing of literary criticism.

Postmodern Critical Lenses

Postmodern criticism recognizes that literature is social and can be understood from multiple points of view.  It seeks inclusiveness, opening the discussion to dominant and minority voices.  Use the VisualLit Critical Perspectives page to learn about postmodern approaches to literature.

Oxford Reference Works

The Library's Oxford Reference provides database access to valuable reference works on American, British, and other literatures.  

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