This past week, we examined two very different theories on how to evaluate literature: New Criticism (Formalism) and Reader's Response. We also began our discussion of Structuralism. As you probably surmised, most professors of literature use a combined approach of theory. Elementary/high school English teachers in America tend to use a combined New Critic/Reader's Response approach, but then at the university level, they move to Post-Structuralism, which we will explore next week.
I am including links to three articles below, one for each of the theories we touched upon this past week. Choose ONE of the theories to read, and then respond to it in a post. How does this theory sit with you? Do you agree or disagree? Why do you think there are such a wide array of approaches to literature? Why do you think writers so often prefer New Criticism and Reader's Response?
I look forward to your posts!