Lesson 1 (from Chapter 1, What Is Theory?)
Chapter 1, What Is Theory?
In Chapter 1, the author attempts to help the reader understand the purpose behind literary theory. Several examples are used to explain how literary theory is evaluated and identified. This lesson will help the reader understand the purpose behind studying literary theory.
1) Group Activity: There are certain rules that apply to the study of literary theory. On the board, create a list of objectives that are typically discussed when analyzing a narrative. Follow up discussion: When it comes to discussing and understanding literary theory, why are these particular areas topics of conversation? What can each of these help a reader gain from reading a literary work?
2) Class Discussion: Foucault believed that literature had the ability to shape society. How? Is this an important role? How does literary theory help us to understand some of the beliefs society has held over time? Can...
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