50 Excellent, Scholarly Literary Criticism Blogs

One of the fascinating aspects of literature is that the same work can be read by many different people in many different ways. Whether you are an aspiring scholar of literature or just enjoy reading what others have to say about what they have read, these blogs offer an excellent way for you to delve into the world of literary criticism. Hear what professionals, professors, students, and regular Joes and Janes have to say about the works they are reading and studying.

General Literary Criticism

These blogs offer literary criticism on a broad range of topics, genres, and authors.

  1. The Reading Experience. Daniel Green focuses on contemporary literary fiction, with an emphasis on American literature.
  2. Asylum. Get detailed analyses of mostly contemporary literature, with several non-fiction books making the list, as well as author interviews on this blog.
  3. The Valve. A collaborative blog, the authors here write about their own particular literary interests and open the comments for discussion.
  4. Waggish. David Auerbach provides literary criticism on European works on his blog.
  5. A Momentary Taste of Being. In addition to his thoughts on literature, this blogger also shares interesting tidbits about books and what others are saying about literature.
  6. This Space. Stephen Mitchelmore writes predominately about European literature on his engaging blog.
  7. ABC of Reading. Thomas McGonigle writes critically about books as well as the people who write them.
  8. The Elegant Variation. Mark Sarvas’ popular and sometimes controversial blog contains everything from literary criticism to book reviews to discussions about his own writing.
  9. That Shakespearean Rag. Check out the commentary here from Steven W. Beattie, a writer and critic from Ontario.
  10. pseudopodium. With an unusual format, this blog shares bite-sized morsels of criticism.
  11. Salonica. World literature, almost exclusively non-US literature, is the focus of this blog.
  12. The Existence Machine. Richard Crary provides his literary criticism here.
  13. booklit. Set up as book reviews, these posts provide in-depth analysis and critique of a wide range of fiction and non-fiction.
  14. Tales from the Reading Room. These posts aren’t just reviews of books, but analyses of genres, explorations of theory, and so much more.

Literary Criticism and More

These bloggers include other aspects in their critiques, such as film and politics, or also include other information in addition to literary criticism.

  1. Blographia Literaria. Andrew Seal emphasizes literary criticism in his blog with plenty of other interesting side journeys such as film and poetry.
  2. A Piece of Monologue. Literature, philosophy, and film are featured on this blog that specializes in news and analysis of “modernism, continental philosophy and the work of Samuel Beckett.”
  3. Jacob Russell’s Barking Dog. Poetry, literature, and politics exist side-by-side in this blog.
  4. One-Way Street. Find analysis of literature, film, and politics in an attempt to make sense of life.
  5. Chekhov’s Mistress. Bud Parr blogs here about all things literature as well as movies, family, and other topics that he always manages to tie back to literature.
  6. Literary Jewels. Literary criticism resides alongside poetry and more in this blog.
  7. Blog of a Bookslut. Just as you might gather from the name of the blog, the literary criticism here frequently contains adult language, but the content is first-rate.
  8. Letters from a Librarian. This librarian writes in-depth about the books she’s reading as well as shares other fun bits of information.
  9. Nigel Beale Nota Bene Books. Literature, book collecting, author interviews, and much more are all featured on Beale’s blog.
  10. PhiloBiblos. Links, reviews, and discourse on all things literary are featured on this librarian’s blog.
  11. Surroundings. Poet Rob Mackenzie includes a good amount of literary criticism in his blog that also touches on the business of poetry, politics, and more.
  12. Caustic Cover Critic. While the premise here is to critique the book covers, this blogger also provides solid commentary on the content inside the books as well.

From Academia

Find out what the professors and students have to say about literature in these blogs.

  1. Perplexed with Narrow Passages. Christopher Vilmar is a professor at Salisbury University and blogs about literature, books, and university life.
  2. Blog Meridian. Find original poems, comments on teaching, and other topics sprinkled among the literature, film, and art criticism found here.
  3. A Commonplace Blog. This English professor at Texas A&M located in College Station, TX writes about literature, academia, and writing.
  4. Text Patterns. Alan Jacobs offers commentary on reading, writing, and research and their connection to new media and technology.
  5. The Pinocchio Theory. With a heavy emphasis on literary theory and support from unexpected sources, Steven Shaviro shares his thoughts here.
  6. Novel Readings. Professor Rohan Maitzen shares the topics being discussed in her classes, along with her critic of the works.
  7. Steve Ersinghaus. Literature, teaching, and academia are all featured on Ersinghaus’ blog.
  8. The Little Professor. Dr. Miriam Burstein blogs about Victorian literature as well as academia.
  9. zunguzungu. A PhD student at Berkeley, Aaron Bady puts down his thoughts on literature and politics here.
  10. The Mumpsimus. Matthew Cheney writes about a wide variety of literature with a penchant for the unusual.
  11. Red, Inc.. The students at Susquehanna University include literary criticism, book reviews, and more on this blog.
  12. The Classroom Conservative. Canadian professor Craig Monk blogs a week-by-week detail of his classes as well as his thoughts on academia.
  13. Ludwig Richter’s Blog. Literature and philosophy are the focus of this professor’s blog.
  14. Maitresse. This PhD student in Paris writes frequently on the women writers of England and France in the early half of the 20th century.
  15. Necromancy Never Pays. Find detailed analyses of books from this English teacher.

Specific Authors, Genres, and Periods

Focus more specifically on a particular author, genre, or time period with the literary criticism here.

  1. Wuthering Expectations. 19th century literature takes the stage on this blog, with a few meanderings into modern literature as well.
  2. The Long Eighteenth. Check out this blog for literary criticism and scholarship discussions on the 18th century on this blog.
  3. Torque Control. Written by the editors of Vector, a critical journal of the British Science Fiction Association, the posts here include scholarly insight on works from the genre.
  4. Vertigo: Collecting & Reading WG Sebald. While much of the content here surrounds the German writer, Sebald, some posts touch on other novels with embedded photographs.
  5. In the Middle. This medieval studies collaborative blog features new books examining medieval works as well as the bloggers’ own scholarship on the topic.
  6. Wynken de Worde. Early modern literature (specifically Shakespeare and Renaissance drama), history of book making, and early modern culture are the subject of this blog.

Specific Approaches

These three blogs feature the theories of three noted literary critics.

  1. The Educated Imagination. The work of Canadian literary theorist, Northrop Frye, is the subject of this entertaining blog.
  2. OnFiction. This collaborative blog explores the psychology of fiction by trying to understand how fiction is created and how readers engage in fiction.
  3. Contra James Wood. Not only can you find literary criticism on this blog, but you can be sure it will be in opposition to the thinking of famed literary critic, James Wood.

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