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Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism. Summary: This resource will help you begin the process of understanding literary theory and schools of criticism and how they are used in the academy.

Literary Theory and Schools of Criticism

Contributors:Allen Brizee, J. Case TompkinsLast Edited: 2012-05-14 12:46:21 Introduction A very basic way of thinking about literary theory is that these ideas act as different lenses critics use to view and talk about art, literature, and even culture. For example, if a critic is working with certain Marxist theories, s/he might focus on how the characters in a story interact based on their economic situation. Disclaimer Please note that the schools of literary criticism and their explanations included here are by no means the only ways of distinguishing these separate areas of theory.

We also recommend the following secondary sources for study of literary theory: The Critical Tradition: Classical Texts and Contemporary Trends, 1998, edited by David H. Timeline (most of these overlap) WORK - SEACHANT. Do you avoid writing blogs because you don't know what to write about? From our Sunday reading series - a weekly blog post (subscribe here) I come across this concern on a weekly basis.

Do you avoid writing blogs because you don't know what to write about?

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Determination of subject matter through naming iconographic elements, e.g., historical event, allegory, mythology, etc. b. Selection of most distinctive features or characteristics whether line, shape, color, texture, etc. c. Analysis of the principles of design or composition, e.g., stable, repetitious, rhythmic, unified, symmetrical, harmonious, geometric, varied, chaotic, horizontal or vertically oriented, etc. d.

Writing a Critical Analysis of a Painting. If you are assigned to write about a painting remember that it is not necessary to write a highly technical analysis.

Writing a Critical Analysis of a Painting

You only need to look carefully at the painting then analyze and classify what you see. If you have never written about a painting before, it may be helpful for you to consider the following list when studying the painting. How old is the painting you are writing about? What is its size and proportions? Is it a landscape, a portrait, or a still life? Book cover ART-WRITE:the writing guide for visual artists, crafting effective artist statements and promotional materials.