Literary criticism


Academic field that evaluates and classifies literary works. These discussions can cover new publications or offer reassessment of older pieces of literature.

Alternative labels

the critical study of literature
the study of literature
literary critique

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Relationships with occupations

Essential knowledge

Literary criticism is an essential knowledge of the following occupations:

Literary scholar: Literary scholars research works of literature, history of literature, genres, and literary criticism in order to appraise the works and the surrounding aspects in an appropriate context and to produce research results on specific topics in the field of literature.

Optional knowledge

Literary criticism is optional for these occupations. This means knowing this knowledge may be an asset for career advancement if you are in one of these occupations.

University literature lecturer: University literature lecturers are subject professors, teachers, or lecturers who instruct students who have obtained an upper secondary education diploma in their own specialised field of study, literature, which is predominantly academic in nature. They work with their university research assistants and university teaching assistants in the preparation of lectures and of exams, in grading papers and exams and in leading review and feedback sessions for the students. They also conduct academic research in their respective field of literature, publish their findings and liaise with other university colleagues.




  1. Literary criticism – ESCO


Last updated on September 20, 2022

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