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Possession reception and interpretation critical approaches Some intellectual tendencies deeply mark the criticism in the XXth century Criticism becomes a theoretical method elaborated from the humanistic sciences Contemporary literary critics propose new reading of the work from a model of analysis previously defined It tries to examine what types of questions we should pose about literary works In this seminar we are going to give an overview of different types of criticism and try to show how Byatt uses them in her novel Historical biographical criticism Until well into the 20th century historical or biographical criticism was applied to literary works This approach considers the literary work in light of what really happened during the period reflected in that work It insists that to understand a piece we need to understand the authors biography and social background ideas circulating at the time and the cultural milieu Historical criticism also finds significance in the ways a particular work resembles or differs from other works of its period andor genre and therefore may involve source studies Most book introductions still offer this kind of material We are getting according to this approach a vision of human nature or the world in general as filtered through an authors individual insight and perceptions One problem with this assumption is that it requires an extensive research in matters falling outside the work itself The reader presumably must rely on an experts special knowledge before being able to appreciate the work and this makes the study of literature rather elitist Literature seen this way seems dismissed almost or at least presented as simply a way of arriving at something anterior to itself the convictions of the author or that authors experience as part of a specific society In Byatts novel this approach is illustrated by the XXth century scholars who are studying meticulously the two Victorian poets Ash and La Motte We can see that Byatt parodies this
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