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Writing about Literature-What is Literary Criticism
What is literary criticism? How do I write a literary analysis?
Broadly speaking, literary analysis contextualizes a close reading of a text. That close reading could take on many forms. You could look at plot, character, narrative device, literary device, genre, symbolism, language, point of view, etc... In essence, you will take a part of the book and contextualize it by applying some sort of convention on to it. Those conventions could be a social or historical event or time period, a theory, philosophy, or school of thought.
Other Perspectives for Literary Analysis to consider:
- genre conventions (adherence to and/or deviation from)
- point of view
- historical context
- social, political, economic contexts
- literary theories, schools of thought.
- characteristics of a philosophy (of literature)
- historical events
- the author’s life
- medical diagnoses
- critical orientations