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UGS 302: Queer & Feminist Approaches to Illness & Disability / Kafer

Critical responses to a text


A review is created at the time of a text's release.

They are written by journalists and critics.

They are published in newspapers, magazines and in online publications.

They are considered primary sources and should be evaluated within the context of the text's creation and reception during a particular historical moment.


Criticism is written by academics. These are scholars who contextualize a text historically and theoretically. They incorporate these theories and lenses into their analysis of a text.

Criticism is published in scholarly journals.

Criticism can be written at any time, often years after a text's creation.

Criticism is considered a secondary source and has the benefit of hindsight: years of historical contextualization and consideration of bodies of work.

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