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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.