Literary Theory: A Very Short Introduction Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. What does literary theory work to uncover, according to Chapter 1?

According to Chapter 1, literary theory works to uncover a new way of considering something that is an old absolute.

2. What was the theme of Goethe's work as discussed in "Chapter 1, What is Theory"?

The theme of Goethe's work as discussed in "Chapter 1, What is Theory" was unrequited love.

3. What types of writing topics have been used to create literary theory and why?

According to Culler, the types of writing topics used to develop literary theory have been vast. The types include film studies, gender studies, and history. Almost any written work can create speculation within literary theory.

4. Based on Chapter 1, what is the purpose of the critique that often comes from literary theory?

According to Chapter 1, the purpose of the critique that often comes from literary theory is to challenge certain ideas in society that are seen as common sense.

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