Module b : Critical Study of Literature

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Module B
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Module B : Critical Study of Literature

  • Drawing on research and wider reader to help create informed personal response  breaking down interpretation, understanding, effects and impact on their contemporary audience and us as modern audiences.

  • Appreciation of aesthetic and imaginative qualities  Evaluate and Unique  Distinctive qualities  style of the author

  • What is the purpose of the author?

  • Context  author’s (composition) and audience’s (reception) context

  • Textual integrity  Universal Appeal (needs to go past time and culture) and organic unity (what is the holistic meaning)

Poems are easier to read over again presenting complicate ideas in a more digestible way.

Analytical knowledge:

  • Form and Style (construction, language, and form)  Macro techniques

  • Why was the form chosen?

  • What was the effect of style?

  • Micro techniques are needed to support the macro

  • Drawing from evidence throughout the text (textual integrity)

Critical knowledge:
Marxism – share wealth stop segregation between classes ; economics and social class
Feminism – are females represented equally or fairly; what needs to be done?
Modernism -truth
Postmodernism – moving away from modernism
Postcolonialism- reaction to invasions and colonies being made

Use words in thesis to describe beauty to show appreciation.

T.S Eliot expressed values regarding the fragility and equality of life through the confronting manner in….

GENERAL ESSAY TIP: Structure for body paragraphs

  • Deconstruct the distinctive qualities of your text

  • Link it to contextual influences

  • Towards the end, link to how and why your text resonates with modern audiences and link to significance

  • Link to a modern example from current society

  • The significance of your text should be mentioned in your thesis, and your topic sentences, and linking/relating statements at the end of your body paragraphs 


  • Literature through the storytelling of morality and tragedy enables a medium for the creation of shared morality through personal despair and failures.

  • The power of storytelling to reveal(or unveil) tragedy and lack of morality in literature enables a medium to accentuate the personal and shared nature of despair (and sorrow).

Key words:

  • Critical study

  • Textual integrity

  • Distinctive qualities (uniqueness of a text)

  • Context

  • Aesthetic, imaginative

  • Informed, personal (critics, research)

  • Analytical and critical

(Personal VOICE) Evaluative language, adjectives, adverbs  be purposeful

Artfully, canonically, illuminates, shocks – personal

STAR BODY paragraph

What does it mean for a text to be considered ‘sustainable’
It maintains a prolonged meaning
Universal themes, concerns, values explored within the text
Relatable to different contextual paradigms

How do you produce an informed personal response? How is it different from a personal response?
Using research and wider reader to help create informed personal response
Interpreting how the text affected the contextual audience.

Always do macro – to micro

For compare two texts questions:

Text 1 analysis explore ideas
Contrastingly text 2 analysis explores idea another way

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