Historical/Biographical Literary Theory. By Eves & Jevie. What It Means.
By Eves & Jevie
Historical/Biographical criticism evaluates literature as a reflection upon the author’s life and times (also/or the characters’ life and times). This method stresses the influence of the author’s background and the political, economical, and sociological context of her time as crucial to understanding the meaning of her works.
As opposed to other methods, historical/biographical places more emphasis on outside influences on the text than on the text itself.
The Crucible, Arthur Miller
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Oliver Twist, Charles Dickens
Age of Innocence, Edith Wharton