Key questions: How does the context of the text deepen my understanding of the play / novel?
Prepare a 10 minute (in total for the group) presentation on the ‘context’ of the text you have been allocated.
The Reader: JJ, Ryan, Natasha
Medea: Abi, Sasha, Lauren
A Doll’s House: Ariadne, Gianni, Tom
Choose an element of context that you are going to focus on and bring to the presentation and then collaborate with your group.
What is context?
A text is never produced in a vacuum…it has an ever changing ‘atmosphere’ that affects both how it is first written and how it is received down the ages…
- The author’s life and how it relates, specifically, to your text.
- The social, political, economic climate in which your text was / is:
received over time
- Literary / theatrical conventions at the time the text was written, over time and now e.g. The Greek Chorus in Medea.
- How directors have reinterpreted the text over the ages and in different times, using their cultural and geographical context e.g. Japanese productions of A Doll’s House.
- Academic interpretations and readings of texts over time e.g. a feminist, marxist, psychoanalytic reading.
- How you respond it to it as a unique individual reader / audience member.
- Other contextual factors you can think of.
NB. No general waffle (Wikipedia style): every point you make about the context of the text must give us a direct and specific insight into the particular text you have been allocated.