|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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