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What are the two ways to study literature?

  1. Mar 11, 2016 #1
    I mean theres one way to read a book where the author becomes all important to the narrative, (like his/her life, why it was written, the era it comes from, etc) ) and then the other way is where what the author writes has a life of its own, and takes on meanings that the author might not even have intended.
    Its some common buzzword or something in literature especially in undergrad english courses, like historical criticism or analysis or something like that.
    I know im not explaining this very well but thats part of the problem. hopefully this makes sense enough that it clues you in to something?? thanks
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  3. Mar 11, 2016 #2
    Yes, those are the two ways. I have no preference.
  4. Mar 11, 2016 #3
    Drunk or sober :biggrin:
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