Tutor profile: Tiffany R.
Subject: Study Skills
What should you look for before you tackle the question of meaning in literature?
• Where and when are we? Who is speaking? • Where are we going, and what’s going on here? • What conflicts are evident? • How are the conflicts evident, and how are they resolved? • What attracts my attention here? • What do I find familiar about the work? Disturbing, challenging, or strange?
Subject: Library and Information Science
What is the first step in the reference interview?
The first step is to repeat and rephrase the question to ensure you completely understand what it is the person needs.
What critical questions does Biographical Criticism ask?
1. How are details of the author’s life relevant to an understanding of the work? How does biography and historical context help to explain the work? 2. How are the author’s views, values, and beliefs relevant to an understanding of the work? What light does the author’s stated opinions and intentions, evident from letters, interviews, etc., shed on understanding the work? 3. Are there correspondences between the concerns and issues of the work and what we know about the author’s personal experiences and beliefs? Is a work’s meaning related to the author’s background? Do specific elements of the work resemble events experienced by the author? 4. Do any of the characters in the work correspond to real people? Can the work be read as a form of autobiography? If so, what light does the work shed on its author?
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