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  • 810 American or Canadian  literature in English 
    • 810.8 collections 
    • 810.9 history and criticism

  • 811 Poetry 
  • 812 Drama 
  • 813 Fiction 


  • 820 British literature in English 
    • 820.8 collections 
    • 820.9 history and criticism

  • 821 Poetry 
  • 822 Drama 
  • 823 Fiction 
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Literary Criticism

Definition of literary criticism from the Cambridge online dictionary

The formal study and discussion of works of literature, for example by judging and explaining their importance and meaning.