Definition of literary theory in English:

literary theory


mass noun
  • The field of study concerned with the principles underlying the analysis and understanding of literary works.

    ‘her background is in literary theory’
    • ‘He teaches Literary Theory and Cultural Studies, following an interdisciplinary and multicultural approach.’
    • ‘This wide-ranging selection of literary theory essays is highly provocative and provides many concepts for discussion.’
    • ‘Her field is literary theory, esp. generic aspects of literary concepts.’
    • ‘His work has had lasting influence on literary theory.’
    • ‘Feminist literary theory has evolved from the premise of the 'other'.’