Mr. Brown
Literary Theory Notes
April 16th, 2014
Historical Lens – Using this perspective requires that you apply to a text
specific historical information about the time during which an author wrote.
Historical, in this case, refers to the (1)social, (2)political, (3)economic, (4)cultural,
and (5)intellectual climate of the time.
*Food for Thought: apply the historical lens to your reading of 1955 by Alice
Walker; what was going on during the years throughout the story?