Types of Criticism

The word criticism is derived from the Greek word means judgment or evaluation. Criticism is the play of the mind on a work of literature, and its function is to examine its excellencies and defects and finally to evaluate its artistic worth.

Types of Criticism :

1.   Legislative Criticism

2.   Inductive Criticism

3.   Descriptive Criticism

4.   Archetypal Criticism

5.   Marxist Criticism

6.   Judicial Criticism

7.   Impressionistic Criticism

8.   Textual Criticism

9.   New Criticism

10. Evaluative Criticism

11. Biographical Criticism

12. Bibliographical Criticism

13. Social Criticism

14. Comparative Criticism

15. Historical Criticism

16. Formalistic Criticism

17. Psychological Criticism

18. Practical Criticism

19. Aristotelian Criticism

20. Genre Criticism

21. Phenomenological Criticism

22. Reader - Response Criticism

23. Myth Criticism


Father of Criticism :  John Dryden (9 August 1631 – 1 May 1700) (nicknamed Town-Bayes) was an influential English poet, literary critic, translator, and playwright who dominated the literary life of Restoration England to such a point that the period came to be known in literary circles as the Age of Dryden.