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EN112 Bollinger: Literary Theories

A guide for students in EN112 showing library resources to support and enhance your coursework and academic experience

Literary Theories

Need a refresher about literary theory? The following web sites provide descriptions of literary theories, tips for applying the theory to a work, and additional resourses you may wish to consult.

What is Literary Theory?

"Literary theories were developed as a means to understand the various ways people read texts. ... All literary theories are lenses through which we can see texts." Deborah Appleman

"A very basic way of thinking about literary theory is that these ideas act as different lenses critics use to view and talk about art, literature, and even culture. These different lenses allow critics to consider works of art based on certain assumptions within that school of theory. The different lenses also allow critics to focus on particular aspects of a work they consider important."
Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism

Formalism or New Criticism

OWL at Purdue: Formalism -- Definitions and Questions for Analysis

Primary Critics:

Psychoanalytic

OWL at Purdue: Psychoanalytic -- Definitions and Questions for Analysis

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New Historicism

OWL at Purdue: New Historicism -- Definitions and Questions for Analysis

Primary Critics:

Post Colonial

OWL at Purdue: Post Colonial -- Definitions and Questions for Analysis

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Marxism

OWL at Purdue: Marxism -- Definitions and Questions for Analysis

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Feminism

OWL at Purdue: Feminism -- Definitions and Questions for Analysis

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