Literary Criticism defined..."The analysis, study, and evaluation of individual works of art, as well as the formulation of general principles for the examination of such works. From the earliest days of literary history, criticism, has been a major aspect of literary theory and practice."
Harmon, William, C H. Holman, and William F. Thrall. A Handbook to Literature. Upper Saddle River, N.J: Prentice Hall, 2000. Print.