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Arts and Humanities
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explores the levels of consciousness in a text; hidden meanings caused by the unconscious drives, repression and family dynamics
Reader Response Lens
Readers bring their own thoughts, emotions, and experiences into the reading of a text.
looks at the benefits and conflicts of socio-economic classes within a text; The basic struggle in society is between the haves and the have-nots
Examines the historical context that the text is set in; looks at social, cultural and intellectual context around a work; it also examines the effect the text had on its original readers
believes every work is a product of the historic movement that caused it. The critic's job is to re-connect the work with its time period and identify it with cultural or political movements
an umbrella lens that encompasses feminism, queer theory and what is considered "feminine" and "masculine"
Requires the reader to analyze the work itself and all the literary techniques the author uses to make the piece of literature a unified piece.
examines the archetypes in a text; allows the reader to identify common or universal symbols within a work of literature.
Reader Response Lens Question
What does the text mean to me?
Feminist/Gender Lens Question
How are women portrayed? Are there any stereotypes?
Marxist Lens Question
Who has the economic or political power and what advantages does that power give them?
Psychological Lens Question
What is driving a character to act in a certain way? What, psychologically, is driving the character's motivations and behavior?
Historical Lens Question
What, in the text, refers to anything historical and what does it show or imply about about those historical events?
Cultural Lens Question
What people/groups/cultures in the text are being oppressed or demeaned?
Formalist Lens Question
How is the work (text) unified? What literary techniques are used to bring about the theme and complexity of the piece?
Archetypal Lens Question
Do the characters in this story show up in similar forms in other stories?
uses the author's life to interpret the text
believes history was written by victors; it focuses on who wrote the text and how their perspective changes the meaning
Structuralism & Semiotics
emphasize text/poem as an autonomous text, in other words, a poem has a structural unity, its elements work together as parts of a dynamic, unified whole.
challenges the idea of an author's ownership of a text, looks at how language is used to achieve power and assumes frameworks are fictitious
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