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Beloved by Toni Morrison: Literary Criticism

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.

Toni Morrison

Toni Morrison." Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography. Vol. 6. Detroit: Gale, 1989. Gale Biography In Context. Web. 11 Dec. 2015.

Tips for writing literary analysis and criticism

Tips for writing using literary criticism  Lauren McMillan
1. Some ideas to consider when thinking about a topic
  • Character
  • Setting
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Dialogue
  • Imagery
  • Figures of speech
  • Tone
  • Rhyme/Rhythm
  • Point of View
  • Metaphor
  • Historical, political, geographical context
  • Critical lens/Literary theory(feminist, postcolonial, psychoanalytic,etc.)


2. Make sure your topic has sufficient supporting evidence within the text.


3. Make sure you are analyzing something that is debatable/arguable (meaning it is not immediately obvious within the text), so that your analysis will provide the evidence to support your point.

Courtesy of Lauren McMillan at Armstrong State University in Georgia

See also: OWL's  (Purdue's online Writing Lab) page on Literature topics and research