Critical Literary  Theories

Reflect: In the Critical Literary   Theories handout,   four different kinds of critical approaches are presented. Consider which of   the four theories you find most interesting as a means for understanding   literature.


Write: Your initial post should be at   least 200 words in length. The minimum word count does not include references. Choose two of those critical approaches and address the   points below.

  • Describe each critical        approach in detail.
  • Compare and/or contrast the        two critical approaches. How are they different and similar?
  • Determine which critical        approach you find most useful for examining the conflicts and meaning in        literature.
  • Explain why you chose this        particular approach as the most useful. Why does it appeal to you?


Respond to Peers: Respond to at least two of your   classmates’ initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in   length and should address two or more of the following points:

  • Do you agree with your        classmates’ perspectives? Why, or why not? Be specific.
  • Ask a specific question to        encourage further discussion on the topic.
  • Challenge your classmates’        interpretation of literature and/or point of view.
  • Do a small amount of research        and share what you learn with your peers about the topic discussed in        this post.