Literary criticism is the evaluation, comparison, analysis, or interpretation of literary works. Criticism may examine the themes in the work, look at the author's writings as a collection, analyze a work through a particular lens or school of thought, or compare works of the same theme, genre, time period, etc.).
NOTE: A book review is different from literary criticism. Book reviews summarize the book and give the reviewer's opinion on whether the book is worth reading. Authors of book reviews can intend them for a general or an academic audience.
La Muñeca Menor/The Youngest Doll is written by Rosario Ferre. Her life, career, and stories will give you lots to play around with for your essay.
Available in library stacks (4th floor). Books are shelved by topic, so browsing the area might be of interest!
Great place to start, if you need introductory information, definitions, or are looking for ideas to help you focus your topic.
Available in library stacks. Books are shelved by topic, so browsing the area might be of interest once you find one relevant item!
Most of our physical collection is in English, which means searching the catalog for English phrases.
Locating scholarly articles or news on the context in which La Muñeca Menor was published can offer insight into your understanding of the story.
Tips for searching the library catalog, OneSearch.
Some books are available in library stacks, and books are shelved by topic, so browsing the area might be of interest once you find one relevant item! Others are available as eBooks. If you have trouble accessing either, do not hesitate to reach out for support.
OneSearch searches many (although not all) of the library's databases. It's a great place to start, but do not be afraid of jumping into individual databases for more comprehensive results.
Remember, each database is like its own store. If I go to HyVee looking for shoes, I will be disappointed. If I know to go to Famous Footwear, however, I'll have lots more options to choose from. HyVee is still a great store, but it's just not the right place to fulfill my need for shoes.