Where do you get your professional literary criticism from? Most of it is hidden behind a paywall. Are there sites that offer good literary criticism/analysis without being sparknotes tier?
I found ipl, but most of the links were removed.
>“Personally, I am a hedonistic reader; I have never read a book merely because it was ancient. I read books for the aesthetic emotions they offer me, and I ignore the commentaries and criticism.”
Google Scholar can generally do a good job of getting you acquainted with whatever you're looking for. If there's something substantial you don't have access too, you can usually find it in print. If its in print, you can probably get it from your local Uni library's loan system, assuming you're in America and live near a public Uni.
Older literary criticism in the public domain can be found on project gutenberg. If you have a kindle it might be free. There are always the penguin editions that are dirt cheap. Or you just go to a library. Not only can you get physical books there, but many libraries allow you to take out digital versions as well.
It can go both ways. Learning to think about literature in new ways can potentially ruin cherished narratives for you. At the same time being able to think about books in a whole new manner opens another world to you, The thing I enjoy most about reading, and re-reading a book is the ability to find something I had not noticed before. Theory enhances that ability.
Or it ruins your childhood.
Usually anything prior to 1923. For something on Moby Dick you might be able to find an article on Google Scholar. Academia.edu is good for finding literary criticism and analysis too. You have to join though, it is less a database, and more of a social network for academics. You can still find some useful stuff there.
It might just be the authors and relationships I try to look up but JSTOR doesn't usually have anything too interesting.
Go to a university library and check out essay anthologies and companions. You don't get to pick what you want really, but it's usually way more useful than the stuff on JSTOR.
You could also subscribe to journals but that's advanced level stuff.