What is a Literary Lens? A perspective through which a reader can view a particular work Reveals how or why it is constructed and what its social and cultural implications are.
Why Bother? Will help you to see and appreciate a literary work as a multilayered construct of meaning. Inspiration to reread, rethink, and respond. Endless Conversations about Literature
Biographical Criticism “begins with the simple but central insight that literature is written by actual people and that understanding an author’s life can help readers more thoroughly comprehend the work.” Asks: "How does the text reflect the author's life? Is this text an extension of the author's position on issues in the author's life?"
Things to Note Don’t take biographical facts too far in criticizing the work Focus on explicating the literary work by using the insight provided by knowledge of the author’s life Biographical data should amplify the meaning of the text, not drown it out with irrelevant material.