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Critical Theory

Critical Theory is an area in which literary scholars develop systematic approaches to literature. These approaches offer tools to explore and discover textual structures and patterns, and methods to analyse how these dynamics relate to the wider context of worldly phenomena. Critical Theory has changed how literature is read - and, in some cases, how it is written; it has brought to attention the way in which literature negotiates complex subjects such as language, identity and society. The study of Critical Theory is to read the history of ideas - encompassing areas such as philosophy, aesthetics, politics and history - with literature as the main protagonist.