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Most Useful Critical Approaches to Literature

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The standard critical approaches to literature that will lead to the most useful analysis

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Feminism Report Abuse
This is useful because it applies to texts from all historical periods and genres.
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Marxism Report Abuse
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Deconstructionism Report Abuse
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Social Criticism Report Abuse
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New Historicism/Cultural Poetcis Report Abuse
This requires critics to treat the text authentically, which can lead to a more reliable analysis.
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Anthropological Report Abuse
This is useful because critics tend to use it naturally.
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Mythological Report Abuse
This doesn't apply to all works, but it combines several approaches, giving the critic more to draw on.
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Archetypal Report Abuse
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African-American Report Abuse
This is not applicable to all assignments, but it is a popular approach.
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Gender/sexuality Report Abuse
This is less traditional but becoming increasingly popular. (Typically named "***** Theory.")
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Psychoanalysis Report Abuse
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Structuralist/narratologist Report Abuse
This is typically used only by linguists.
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Semiotics Report Abuse
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Christian Report Abuse
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Humanist/ethical Report Abuse
This is valuable but infrequently used.
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Reader-Response Report Abuse
The results of this can be interesting, but it is a very subjective way to consider literature.
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Post-colonialism Report Abuse
This is very useful, but it does not apply to every work.
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Textual Report Abuse
This is primarily valuable for historians.
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Aestheticism Report Abuse
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Existentialism Report Abuse
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Biographical Report Abuse
This is not as useful because the content of the work does not necessarily relate to the author's life. Also, biographies are often gossip.
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