For as long as there has been literature, there has been literary criticism. The scholarly study of English literature has evolved at an incredible rate; however, the essential spirit of the discipline remains the same: to understand through careful study of a work what the writer was communicating about life. English studies have been and will always remain a dialog between readers and writers, past and present. English is essentially a kind of intellectual archeology; a process whereby students and scholars use the written words left behind by authors from other times and places to help understand the world they lived in and how the past has shaped our present. This is and will remain an essential activity in the process of the continuing intellectual evolution of a society and most especially, the individual. However the theories and philosophies may change, the motivation behind them remains constant.
At the present time, there is a wealth of journals, databases and other resources for graduate students and professionals to publish their works of literary theory and criticism, but very little in that vein for undergraduates. Toward the end of opening this dialog to these new voices, the staff of Theocrit, students of Stephen F. Austin’s English Department, has established a journal as a forum where undergraduate students may publish their works of secondary criticism for a larger audience.