Task:

Choose one of the schools of Literary Criticism besides Reader Response.
Research the school using GALILEO and the embedded librarians (linked above), and build a 4-6 slide presentation on it. Use the links in this submodule on building excellent presentations for how to distinguish what you should put on the slides vs. what you should reference in your oral video presentation.
Include the following information, as well as relevant images, if available:
Time/decade and place (if applicable) of origin
Significant scholars involved.
Why and from where did this theory emerge? What were its influences?
The theory/school’s defining characteristics, terms, and/or questions
A quote from one of the school’s major works/authors
Use your last slide as your Works Cited page
Save your presentation in PDF format
Practice presenting this information, then record yourself through the discussion post and upload the recording along with your slides. IMPORTANT: to record your video directly within the post, first click “add attachment,” then “record video” to record directly from your computer’s webcam. Note you will need to make sure your browser allows GoView access to record video. You can also record yourself using your phone’s camera and upload the video recording as an attachment.
Respond substantively to at least two other classmates’ posts by the deadline.
We have included Reader Response criticism below, but for your assignments with literary criticism, you will be required to use one of the other five forms of criticism. We’ve given you just enough information on the theories below for you to choose one that you would like to research further for your Unit 1 Discussion on Schools of Literary Criticism. Familiarize yourself with the instructions for the Discussion now, and then follow these steps to research your chosen school and build and deliver an amazing presentation.

Read through the different schools below to further familiarize yourself with the different literary criticism theories and their applications.
Read the readings and follow the steps in the following pages.
Work through the “Building Your Presentation” links in the sub-folder to make sure you know what to include and not include in your slides – including the MLA formatting of your last Works Cited slide. Finish up by rehearsing your short oral presentation several times before recording it and uploading it along with your slides to the Discussion.

Reader Response
Reader-response criticism is a reader-based form of literary criticism as opposed to a text-based form. This theory of criticism suggests that the reader is the primary driver in the interpretation of a literary work. Unlike text-based theories, the reader-response theory places a great emphasis on the role of the reader who brings to a reading of a text his or her own interpretation, which comes from the reader’s cultural and even personal background and reading experiences.

To learn more about this theory, see Purdue OWL: Reader-Response Criticism

To see how one would apply reader-response theory to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, go to the link below:

Applying Reader-Response Theory

Critical Race
Critical race theory examines how race and racism appear in culture and how the victims of racism seek to find dignity and a place in the so-called dominant culture. Critical race theory also explores racism as a human phenomenon, one that has deep roots in the cultural and social fabric of a society. In essence, critical race theory exposes in a literary work the inequality or the injustice that one finds as a result of racial constructs and barriers established and supported by the dominant culture. Oftentimes, postcolonial theory will be joined to the lens of critical race theory because the two theories explore the notion of dominant culture. In fact, in many places where we have seen the effects of the dominant culture in terms of colonial rule, we have also seen racism affected by that same dominant culture.

To learn more about this theory, see Purdue OWL: Critical Race Theory

To see how one would apply postcolonial theory and critical race theory to Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, respectively, go to the link below:

Applying Postcolonial and Critical Race Theory to Literary Art

Literature/English composition