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Historical Literary Theory. Key Points:. A text reflects the environment and culture in which it was created . Knowing about the political, economical, sociological, and/or intellectual climate of the time period in which the text was written enhances understanding of a text’s meaning .

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key points
Key Points:
  • A text reflects the environment and culture in which it was created.
  • Knowing about the political, economical, sociological, and/or intellectual climate of the time period in which the text was written enhances understanding of a text’s meaning.
ultimately
Ultimately...
  • Interpretation of a text should be based on an understanding of its context.

The Context of a Work contributes to Understanding!

questions strategies to apply
Questions/Strategies to apply:
  • How does the text reflect the culture in which it was created?
  • How did the social, political, economic, cultural, and/or intellectual climate of the time impact the work?
  • How did the author’s culture or environment influence the text he/she created?
arguments in favor
Arguments in favor:
  • Knowing the historical context of a work aids understanding of a text.
  • Allows readers to place allusions in their proper classical, political, or biblical context.
arguments against
Arguments against:
  • Tends to reduce art to the level of biographical or historical commentary, thus making it relative rather than universal.
other notables
Other notables:
  • Reaction to formalism:

Which believes a text is self-contained and has nothing to do with outside forces, culture, etc.

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