Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements


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The genre of literary criticism evolved alongside which movement?

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1. Which branch of literary criticism are you primarily practicing when analyzing a text through the lens of class relations?

2. According to most modern schools of literary theory, how important is a text's author in determining its intent?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of major movements and theorists of literary theory. Some topics you'll be assessed on include what criticism is, the importance of the author and the interests of postmodern literary theory.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

Check your knowledge of the following with these resources:

  • Examples of literary criticism
  • The branch of literary criticism that focuses on economically driven relationships
  • The author's importance regarding the meaning of a text
  • One of the primary interests of postmodern literary theory
  • What literary theory considers to be a 'text'

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on major movements and theorists of literary theory
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about criticism in a new light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding postmodern literary theory
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the importance of the author when determining meaning

Additional Learning

For more information on literary theory, review the accompanying lesson called Introduction to Literary Theory: Major Critics and Movements. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define criticism
  • Define literary theory
  • Identify three general points regarding literary theory
  • Identify seven major types of literary theory
  • Understand Jacques Derrida's contributions to literary theory