Metacriticism: “A criticism of criticism, the goal of which is to scrutinize systematically the terminology, logic, and structure that undergird critical and theoretical discourse in
general or any particular mode of such discourse”
(Glossary of Literary Theory by Greig E. Henderson and Christopher Brown)
To perform a metacritical analysis is to critique a critic’s
work; to describe, analyze, evaluate the principles and
methods of a critical approach; to question the theoretical
foundations of criticism; or to study the history, purpose, or
context of a critical text.