“Meaning in a text is shaped by culture and by the contexts of the circumstances of its production. It is also shaped by what the reader brings to it. Literary texts are not created in a vacuum but are influenced by social context, cultural heritage and historical change. [Students will learn how the text as it is understood is in relationship to various contexts]. They will have opportunity to reflect on their own cultural assumptions through an examination of work produced in other languages and cultures.”
Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi I Know Why the Caged Bird Singsby Maya Angelou
Consider the changing historical, cultural and social contexts in which particular texts are written and received.
Demonstrate how formal elements of the text, genre and structure can not only be seen to influence meaning but can also be influenced by context.
Understand the attitudes and values expressed by literary texts and their impact on readers.