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Critical Approaches to Literature
Transcript of Critical Approaches to Literature
Studies the interaction of reader with text, holding the text as incomplete until it is read.
Everything needed to analyze the work is contained within the text.
Waiting by Peggy McNally
First identify your purpose for reading.
What type of "frame" are you going to look at the story through?
Reader Response frame
New Critical frame
For example, if you read a story, then your response to the text would be your focus.
Language, literary elements, and structure... i.e form
Archetypes are figures or patterns recurring in works of the imagination (in the mind)
Archetypal characters: villain, hero, the outcast, etc..
Archetypal situations: the quest, journey, death and rebirth.
Archetypal symbols: light/dark, height/ depth