Literary theory attempts to establish principles for interpreting and evaluating literary texts. Key issues include: authoral intention, interpretive objectivity, as well as structure, and historical, social, religious, political, and philosophic issues. These issues have given rise to a variety of sub-theories, "schools", or approaches. Critics have used one or more of these different approaches to write about works of literature. Here are found sites about theorists and their works,including texts, as well as discussion of approaches they are/were associated with.

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Approaches to Reading and Interpretation
Overviews of the new criticism and formalism, traditional historicism, new historicism, reader-response criticism, psychoanalytical criticism, feminist literary criticism, structuralist criticism, and Marxist literary criticism.
Criticism and Theory Resources
Resource page hosted by the University of Toronto. Has an essay on the Postmodern by Linda Hutcheon, a glossary of literary theory, Hazlitt's essays on the characters of Shakespeare's plays, and Leslie Stephen on George Eliot.
Feminist Literary Criticism and Theory
Literary genres, specific historical periods, pedagogical issues, politics and literature, and literary theory.
Glossary of Literary Theory
An index of brief explanations of critical terms. Hosted by the University of Toronto.
Illuminations
Collection of articles, excerpts, and chapters from many contemporary writers of and about critical theory, firmly based in Frankfurt School thought.
Introduction to Modern Literary Theory
An index with brief explanations and bibliographies.
Literature, Cognition, and the Brain
Research at the intersection of literary studies, cognitive theory, and neuroscience
Voice of the Shuttle: Literary Theory
A directory of links to literary criticism and analysis on the Internet, mostly scholarly.
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