English 1B - Composition and Literature

Historical and Biographical Theory

These two very similar approaches to literature use the life and times of the author to arrive an interpretations of a text. 

Biographical theory is analysis based on the idea that a person's life influences his or her work.  When considering biographical theory, look at the following aspects of an author's identity:  class, race, ethnicity, sex and/or gender, sexual orientation, family history, religious and/or political beliefs, education, nationality (this just for starters!)

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Historical/Biographical Theory
Historical Literary Criticism

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