Context-based analysis of a work (short story, poem, novel, etc.) may include some of the following:
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.
Society: people considered as a group ; a group of people who live together in a particular social system
This guide is intended to help you research and write a context-based analysis of a work (short story, poem, novel, etc.) and the author.
If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact your friendly neighborhood librarian.