Relevant vs. Irrelevant Context in Literary Analysis

Literary texts are products of specific cultures and historical moments.

Matthew Thiele
5 min readSep 23, 2021

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Rembrandt, “Faust.” Public domain courtesy of the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In literary analysis, it’s important to be able to distinguish between relevant and irrelevant context, because it impacts your ability to effectively analyze a text. The bottom line is that a literary text is best understood as a product of its own…

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Matthew Thiele

Independent scholar and satirist. Published in Slackjaw, Points in Case, McSweeney’s, Ben Jonson Journal, and other fine publications.