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“It’s a Wide-Arching Wednesday!”
December 19, 2012
Historical Criticism insists that to understand a literary piece, we need to understand the author's biography and social background, ideas circulating at the time, and the cultural environment.
As we read, we will apply historical, gender, and archetypal criticism to the text.
We will focus on Morrison’s use of characterization, setting, and symbolism, specifically her use of archetype and allusion to develop those literary elements.
To utilize historical criticism, we must understand the time period in which a text was written.
Sula was published in 1973.
What was going on in the US in 1973?
The first few pages (pp. 3-6) are written from the perspective of 1973.
The novel then goes back to 1919 (World War I).
The majority of the novel takes place in the 1920s, but it was written in 1973. We must be aware of both eras’ presence in the novel.