Table Context in the analysis of a literary work (types and examples)

Context is a set of phenomena associated with the text of a work of art, but related to extra-textual reality.

Types of contexts a brief description of Example context
Literary Correlation of a work of art with the work of the writer, as well as with the literary activity of his predecessors and contemporaries Comparison of the artistic originality of “Crime and Punishment” by FM Dostoevsky with his novels “The Demons” and “The Brothers Karamazov” reveals a typical problem for the writer – “conscience blood”.
Historical Socio-political situation during the creation of a literary work When reading “Eugene Onegin” by Alexander Pushkin, it is necessary to know the main provisions of the serfdom system, the difference between corvee and quitrent, the position of the peasantry, the way of landlord life.
Biographical and household The facts of the biography of the writer, the realities of the everyday life of the era, the history of the creation of a work of art, the writer’s statements about the creation When analyzing the style of the works of A.P. Chekhov, one can refer to the letter of the writer A.S. Suvorin dated April 1, 1890: “When I write, I am fully counting on the reader, believing that he will add the subjective elements missing in the story himself.”
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