Cultural criticism  An approach to literature that focuses on the historical as well as social, political, and economic contexts of a work. Popular culture mass produced and consumed cultural artifacts, ranging from advertising to popular fiction to television to rock music, is given equal emphasis as "high culture." Cultural critics use widely eclectic strategies such as new historicism, psychology, gender studies, and deconstructionism to analyze not only literary texts but everything from radio talk shows, comic strips, calendar art, commercials, to travel guides and baseball cards. (See also historical criticism, Marxist criticism, postcolonial criticism.)

The definitions in this glossary were adapted from The Bedford Introduction to Literature, Sixth Edition, by Michael Meyer