BISAC Subject Headings List

Literary Criticism

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LITERARY CRITICISM

Works of literary criticism should be assigned subjects in this section only and not assigned subjects in sections designed for works written in a specific literary form (e.g., DRAMA). Criticism of drama, poetry, or children's literature should be assigned "LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama", "LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry" or "LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature", respectively, along with any other subjects needed in this section. Criticism of certain genres of fiction is also represented.

LIT000000

LITERARY CRITICISM / General

LIT004010

LITERARY CRITICISM / African

LIT004020

LITERARY CRITICISM / American / General

LIT004040

LITERARY CRITICISM / American / African American & Black

LIT004030

LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Asian American & Pacific Islander

LIT004050

LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Hispanic & Latino

LIT023000

LITERARY CRITICISM / American / Regional

LIT004190

LITERARY CRITICISM / Ancient & Classical

LIT008000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / General

LIT008010

LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Chinese

LIT008020

LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Indic

LIT008030

LITERARY CRITICISM / Asian / Japanese

LIT004070

LITERARY CRITICISM / Australian & Oceanian

LIT007000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading

LIT004080

LITERARY CRITICISM / Canadian

LIT004100

LITERARY CRITICISM / Caribbean & Latin American

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Central American & South American see Caribbean & Latin American

LIT009000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Children's & Young Adult Literature

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Classical see Ancient & Classical

LIT017000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Comics & Graphic Novels

LIT020000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Comparative Literature

LIT013000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Drama

LIT004130

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / General

LIT004110

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Eastern (see also Russian & Soviet)

LIT004120

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / English, Irish, Scottish, Welsh

LIT004150

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / French

LIT004170

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / German

LIT004200

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Italian

LIT004250

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Scandinavian

LIT004280

LITERARY CRITICISM / European / Spanish & Portuguese

LIT022000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Fantasy see Science Fiction & Fantasy

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Far Eastern see headings under Asian

LIT003000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Feminist

LIT004180

LITERARY CRITICISM / Gothic & Romance

LIT021000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Horror & Supernatural

LIT016000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Humor

LIT004060

LITERARY CRITICISM / Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

LIT004210

LITERARY CRITICISM / Jewish

LIT004160

LITERARY CRITICISM / LGBTQ+

LIT011000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Medieval

LIT004220

LITERARY CRITICISM / Middle Eastern

LIT024000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / General

LIT024010

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 16th Century

LIT024020

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 17th Century

LIT024030

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 18th Century

LIT024040

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 19th Century

LIT024050

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 20th Century

LIT024060

LITERARY CRITICISM / Modern / 21st Century

LIT004230

LITERARY CRITICISM / Mystery & Detective

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Native American see Indigenous Peoples in the Americas

LIT026000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Novel as Form *

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Oceanian see Australian & Oceanian

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Oriental see headings under Asian

LIT014000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Poetry

LIT012000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Reference

LIT019000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Renaissance

LIT004240

LITERARY CRITICISM / Russian & Soviet

LIT004260

LITERARY CRITICISM / Science Fiction & Fantasy

LIT006000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Semiotics & Theory

LIT015000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Shakespeare

LIT018000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Short Stories

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / South & Southeast Asian see headings under Asian

LIT025000

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / General

LIT025060

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Culture, Race & Ethnicity *

LIT025070

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Gender Identity *

LIT025010

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Historical Events

LIT025080

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Love & Erotica *

LIT025020

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Nature

LIT025030

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Politics

LIT025040

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Religion

LIT025050

LITERARY CRITICISM / Subjects & Themes / Women

 

LITERARY CRITICISM / Theory see Semiotics & Theory

LIT004290

LITERARY CRITICISM / Women Authors

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