20th Century Literature Criticism
Literary criticism allows students to study, evaluate, and interpret great works of literature to then partake in thoughtful scholarly and philosophical discussions. Focusing on twentieth-century literature subsequently allows researchers to center their field of study on the works of twentieth-century authors of all genres—including novelists, poets, playwrights, journalists, philosophers, political leaders, scientists, mathematicians, critics, and other creative writers—from every region of the world as well as the critical responses to those writers and their works.
The study of twentieth-century literary criticism, though similar to the study of literary theory, is often considered a completely separate field as theory tends to tackle more abstract concepts than its counterpart, though the two fields often overlap and occasionally comingle. It is hard to argue that one cannot exist without the other. Though, it should be noted that theory is commonly found in academic journals while criticism can be more widely found in both book and essay form and through a variety of sources.