How should literature be read?


           I feel literature should be read in a new historicist criticism. I would being reading the giving text as if it’s written as a historical literature. The text the author wrote would contain historical events that took place within the time period before the text was published, or the period in which the text was written. Take for example “Othello”a play written by Williams Shakespeare. While reading this text a person should view the play as commenting on the relationship between woman and men during the Renaissance in England. The use of military power demonstrated by the main character Othello, I would view this as an example of how the Treks military system of government was established during their time period. Another text I I feel should be read as an historicist criticism is Mrs.Dalloway, written by Virginia Woolf. My first impression of Woolf revealing Septimus as a character dealing with a post traumatic stress disorder made me think about a time period where individuals were experiencing this kind of mental trauma. Furthermore I got the impression that the author must have written the text based off of her own personal experience during, and after the first world war in London during 1923.The fact that history is written within these two texts say that we should read literature as an historicist criticism. Another way how I feel literature should be read is by connecting what an individual have learned in the text their looking at and apply it to a text that they may have read previously. Connecting two different text can help a person understand why is it the author wrote the text in the first place. In a way this can lead the person in the right direction of understanding why the text was constructed during that time period, and how the past is translated in the text itself. Connecting the text can also help a person understand the text as a whole.

            In the future I plan to use my methods in reading literature by applying it to knew texts that I will read over the years. This way I am able to fully understand the text. I can also apply theses methods to any essay assignment that I may have in the up coming year. That way applying the methods I will help my future professor and classmates understand the gist of where I’m coming from; when analyzing a text we may read in class. The use these methods would help my essay’s to be more clear,and consistent.

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