Everyone who studies literature
and drama needs to have at least an elementary idea of the historical
background to the author's life or to the setting of the work
itself. Also, to follow the ideas a work may present, it is
necessary to undertand the history of ideas. These brief historical
background notes are a starting point for this exploration.
intimidating, but when you comment on a book or a play you are
using some kind of theory whether you know it or not. This section
covers what some theorists think you do (or should do) when
you analyse a work of literature. Their theories stretch beyond
conventional "literature" to question the nature of
In this section we test
some of the knowledge you have gained using this site. There
are two types of quizzes -- drag and drop and Flash quiz.
Drag and drop requires you to drag
the correct information to its matching counterpart. The Flash
quizzes are a mixture of multichoice and other formats.