Ch 24: MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism

About This Chapter

Review modern literary criticism and the accompanying theories through the lessons in our Literary Theory & Criticism chapter. Apply the perspectives you acquire to the corresponding sections of the MTEL English exam.

MTEL Literary Theory & Criticism - Chapter Summary

Modern literary critical theory uses approaches that are significantly different from those used to evaluate literature in the past. Explore some of these theoriesas you review for the MTEL English exam through lessons that cover:

  • Types of literary criticism and new criticism
  • Structural irony and deconstructionism
  • New historicism in literary criticism
  • Influences of Marxist theory
  • Feminism in American literature
  • Reader's point of view vs. the characters' point of view
  • Analyzing the reader's responses to literature

As you work your way through this refresher course, you can check your retention and overall mastery of the material through the lesson quizzes and chapter tests. The dashboard provides you with a well-designed and convenient place to record your progress and keep track of your work.

9 Lessons in Chapter 24: MTEL English: Literary Theory & Criticism
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Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms

1. Literary Criticism: Definition, Examples & Forms

For as long as writers have been writing, there have been critics evaluating their work. In this lesson, we will take a look at why literary criticism is important and a few different common approaches used to analyze literature.

New Criticism in Literature: Definition & Examples

2. New Criticism in Literature: Definition & Examples

New Criticism is one of several ways of looking at and analyzing literature. In this lesson, find out what it is, go through some examples of reading with a New Critic's eye, and take a quiz to check your understanding.

Structural Irony: Definition & Examples

3. Structural Irony: Definition & Examples

Have you ever read a book and thought the protagonist or narrator must be crazy? Chances are they were actually participating in structural irony, which you'll get to learn all about and see some examples of in this lesson.

Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples

4. Deconstructionism in Literature: Definition & Examples

Deconstruction is a method of literary analysis that challenges our comfortable assumptions. This lesson will define deconstructionism, explain its background, and provide examples of deconstructionist readings.

New Historicism in Literature

5. New Historicism in Literature

This lesson discusses New Historicism, a literary critical movement that developed in the 1980s. This lesson identifies the movement's primary objectives, discusses noteworthy figures, describes New Historicism's relationship to other critical movements, and summarizes criticism of the movement.

Marxist Influences on Literature

6. Marxist Influences on Literature

This lesson analyzes Karl Marx's influence on the literature of the twentieth century. The lesson discusses how various works of literature endorse Marxist notions of historical materialism, ideology, and proletarian revolution, while others use fiction as a means to resist communist philosophy.

American Feminist Literature: Definition & Characteristics

7. American Feminist Literature: Definition & Characteristics

Welcome to the world of American feminist literature! Meet a few well-known American feminist writers. Learn their histories and what inspired them. Read on to learn more about this fascinating genre!

How a Reader's Responses to Literature Creates Meaning

8. How a Reader's Responses to Literature Creates Meaning

Reader-response criticism is a type of literary theory that sees the reader as creating meaning for literature. In this lesson, we'll read about what literary scholars Hans-Robert Jauss, Wolfgang Iser, and Stanley Fish have to say about readers and interpretation.

Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader

9. Point of View of Characters vs. the Reader

Point of view is a key idea in literature. In this lesson, you'll learn several points of view that writers use and how those affect the reader. When you're finished, you can test your knowledge with a short quiz.

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