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LitGuides: Literary Analysis by Students for Students
Literary merit is a quality of written work, generally applied to the genre of literary fiction. A work is said to have literary merit (to be a work of art) if it is a work of quality, that is if it has some aesthetic value. In literature, the quality is determined by the style of writing, the figurative language, or the theme. The concept of "literary merit" is impossible to define, and it is hard to see how such an idea can be used with any precision or consistency by academics. While the process of establishing literary merit is difficult, fraught with dangers, and often subjective, it is the only method currently available to separate work that is provacative and has significant cultural value from work that is ephemeral. Essentially, work that can be respected and revered through time because of its beauty or universal nature can be deemed work of literary merit.
Students enrolled in AP Literature and Composition at Hartford Union High School have the opportunity to read and offer literary critiicism on a contemporary work of literary merit that has not yet been widely reviewed (as of student reading/review).