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Literary criticism


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My first ever power point presentation for my Grade 11 students in an international school. this is so simple, yet meaningful.

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Literary criticism

  1. 1. LITERARY CRITICISM An introduction
  2. 2. Literature Literature Theories Literary Criticism Homogenous body of text. Mirrors life Different ways of reading, interpreting and analyzing literature. Output of applying literary theories
  3. 3. LITERARY CRITICISM  Based on the belief that literature is an imitation of what is happening in the real life. Five basis in viewing literature: 1. Mimesis – [Plato] Imitation 2. Function- [Horace] Dulce- to entertain Utile- to instruct  Usually used in Poetry William Wordsworth [Proponent] Need to keep in mind: 1. Ordinary and common subject matter 2. Use of simple language 3. Use of imagination 4. Bear a primal feeling 5. Presentation in similarities in difference. Classical Literal Theory Romanticism
  4. 4. LITERARY CRITICISM 3. Style- [Longinus] how literature was made and for whom– low, medium, high, sublime (highest level) “Who are the target people?” 4.Catharsis- [Aristotle] message and effect to the reader 5. Censorship- related to Mimesis Ex. Bag mimesis - taboo Old New Beauty Energy Universal Individual Ideal Characteristic Closed Open Static Progressive Classical Literal Theory CLT Romanticism
  5. 5.  Approach to literature that entails as a reflection of it’s author’s life and time.  Approach to literature that focuses on the larger purpose of literary works; to teach morality and to probe philosophical issues. Historical-Biographical Moral-Philosophical
  6. 6.  Speculates either the character’s or the author’s motivation, drives, fears or desires.  Believes that literature disguises what cannot be presented upfront, therefore, the critic must reveal what was disguised.  Influenced by Carl Jung’s Theory  To reveal the underlying human behavior Motifs are called archetypes Psychoanalytical Theory Mythological-Archetypal
  7. 7.  Focuses on what is absence rather than what is present.  Used to study literature by how it addresses and expresses women on their life and experience.  This approach tend to look at the structure of history and society and then compare the literary piece if it either reflects or deflects the structure. Feminism Marxism
  8. 8. WE WILL HAVE MORE OF IT… Are you exited?