So, you've chosen a literary work to interpret. But what are you going to say about it?
Start with the reasons you selected this story (or poem, etc.). What got your interest? Explore your reactions to the work carefully, because this is where you can find a good topic.
Some questions to consider
This guide is intended as a starting place for research for David Leighou's WRT 102 Class.
You will be working on your context-based analysis of a work; short story, poem, novel, etc.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your feindly neighborhood librarian.
A good way to analyse a piece of literature is through one of the following "lenses."
Historical: general information on pertinent events of the time period in which the text was written, along with specific events that may have directly affected the creation of the piece itself
Political: examination and discussion of political ideologies or movements relative to the text
Cultural: examination and discussion of the author’s cultural background and/or the cultural backgrounds of speakers, narrators, characters, events, etc, within the text
Biographical: examination and discussion of the author’s life and its direct relationship to the text
Philosophical: examination and discussion of philosophies and religions and their direct relationship to the text
Psychological/Sociological: examination of principles of psychology, psychoanalysis, and sociology as they directly relate to the text
Comparative: examination of either other texts by the same author or other pieces by different authors from the same era and their direct relationship to the text