GRE Subject Test: Literature in English : Other Critical Lenses

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Example Question #1 : Feminist Criticism

The premise that women need space of their own to write originated in an essay by which British author?

Possible Answers:

Mina Loy

Virginia Woolf

Gertrude Stein

Djuna Barnes

Angela Carter

Correct answer:

Virginia Woolf

Explanation:

This premise is the central tenet of Virginia Woolf’s 1929 essay A Room of One’s Own. The extended essay examines the idea that women need not only a literal room of their own for escaping the domestic roles assigned to them but also a figurative space in the traditionally male-dominated literary canon. Although the work uses a fictional narrator to make its points, it was first presented by Woolf as a series of lectures at Cambridge University.

Example Question #1 : History And Theory Of Literary Criticism

Passage adapted from Samuel Johnson, "Preface to Shakespeare (1756)," 9-63, in Johnson on Shakespeare: Essays and Notes Selected and Set Forth with an Introduction by Walter Raleigh (London: Oxford University Press, 1969): 29.

"Whether Shakespeare knew the unities, and rejected them by design, or deviated from them by happy ignorance, it is, I think, impossible to decide, and useless to enquire. We may reasonably suppose, that, when he rose to notice, he did not want the counsels and admonitions of scholars and criticks, and that he at last deliberately persisted in a practice, which he might have begun by chance."

Which of the following is NOT one of the "unities" alluded to in the above excerpt?

Possible Answers:

Unity of Time

Unity of Action

Unity of Place

Unity of Language

Correct answer:

Unity of Language

Explanation:

The three Classical Unities (also known as Aristotelian Unities) that formed the basis of much 17th and 18th century dramatic and literary criticism were: Unity of Time, Unity of Place, and Unity of Action.

  

Passage adapted from Samuel Johnson, "Preface to Shakespeare (1756)," 9-63, in Johnson on Shakespeare: Essays and Notes Selected and Set Forth with an Introduction by Walter Raleigh (London: Oxford University Press, 1969): 29.

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