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					Historical Criticism
& New Historicism
   Compiled by
   J. Mohsen
Historical Criticism insisted that
to understand a literary piece, we
need to understand
 the author's biography
 the author’s social background
 ideas circulating at the time
 the cultural milieu
  How Historical Criticism
  works

         Text
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Reader   …………
                       Author
         …..                     His/her
                                 times

                Interpretation
New Historicism
   less fact- and event-oriented
   Unsure whether the truth can ever be
    purely or objectively known
   less likely to see history as linear and
    progressive
   less likely to think of it in terms of
    specific eras
   No historical event has a single cause;
    rather, each event is tied into a vast
    web of economic, social, and political
    factors.
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