What is historical criticism?
Historical criticism is the historical approach to literary criticism. It involves looking beyond the literature at the broader historical and cultural events occurring during the time the piece was written. An understanding of the world the author lived in (events, ideologies, culture, lifestyle etc.) allows for a more comprehensive understanding of the work.
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Begin Your Research
Here is where you will gather all the information necessary to understand the text based on its historical context. You will want to begin your research by looking at the time period in which the work was written. Elements of the time period include: