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What is Literary Criticism?

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Mr. Nance briefly introduces literary criticism.
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Dylan (1 month ago)
This guy would have a creepy girl mannequin
Debarghya Roy (1 month ago)
Absolutely lovable presentation. I was clapping and smiling when you asked me to subscribe (which I did immediately!). There is so much to learn from you as a teacher. Respect!
Wansuk Lyngdoh (1 month ago)
Rawaa moon (2 months ago)
اكو عراقي او عربي هنا
ramyani das (2 months ago)
"don't wait for me to tell you what the right answer is, very likely I'm not going to" xD
Bernie Miall (2 months ago)
Oooh Rihanan stupid THICC
Bernie Miall (2 months ago)
Bruh rihanan is stupid THICC
Octaw333 (2 months ago)
Great content ;)
Veronica G. (4 months ago)
Nagalit teacher namin saamin kaya nandito ako kasi ayaw nya kami turuan hehe lab u maam
meriy Mima (5 months ago)
hello. I have a question, if you may. How can I know which theory is appropriate for use?
Tim Nance (5 months ago)
Many theories are appropriate at any given time. The choice is more one of preference and context of the reader. Some of it depends on why you are reading in the first place.
Putu Ordi (5 months ago)
Mustafa Abdelrazik (6 months ago)
Can you make videos about literary theory!? .. I'll be so thankful ..
Mustafa Abdelrazik (6 months ago)
@Tim Nance
waqas Ahmad (6 months ago)
Hahah that student would be me... It was totally the case with me in my first year of English Literature 😂😂😂 SYMBOLISM SYMBOLISM EVERYWHERE... 😂
Kamel Marseille (6 months ago)
Can you please give us the function of literature with details if you don't mind of course
Dukeeyy Gue (6 months ago)
Well, our teacher gave your video to us as a homework..
ashim amitabh bhujabal (6 months ago)
I wish if my teachers were like you. Watched all your videos, and they really are so easy to understand. Thank you sir, for those videos 😊.
Akosua P (6 months ago)
Very helpful :) Thanks a lot👍😊
No Name (7 months ago)
I really don't like this course, because it does actually take the enjoyment out of literature. Its shocking to me that students from outside of the English literature department are taking this course as a free elective, because they are interested in taking a literature course. I be like "are you crazy!!!!! Anyway, this video was truly helpful, thank you.
leadies corner (7 months ago)
Awesome i wana become a teacher like u sir
WRITER BABU (7 months ago)
The style by which you are dealing the topic is very very intresting and I really wanna clap for that. Keep Making videos like this related the Literature.
Sh M (8 months ago)
Thank you!
Guardian Cherisher (8 months ago)
I love how you look like a Timelord in your videos
Alex Garza (8 months ago)
Wonder what he uses that manican for.... lol ;)
Denise Kulawik (8 months ago)
What is "Lit-a-ture?" Are you kidding me? It's Lit-er-a-ture (if you are speaking in an American accent, which you are), or variations of LitRAture if you're from the British Isles. Good god, if you can't even get the pronunciation straight, how do you presume to present on complex topics? At least get the pronunciation of the name of the subject matter correct.
Frugal Finch (2 months ago)
If you're presuming his level of skill based on his accent (Which there are a myriad of them in the US) and not listening to the ideas he's presenting, then you're just acting oblivious to how well he can teach the subject. His performance was didactic, any person who's first language isn't English would be able to understand this.
SER PAU (8 months ago)
For me this is very useful. I learned a lot from this. I hope you make a video regarding other literary criticism approach. Looking forward. :)
Karina Sandoval (9 months ago)
The Fylfot School (9 months ago)
You are good speaker
Salman Ayub (10 months ago)
please make a video on how to apply a formalist theory on a literary piece and what is the main purpose behind applying a formalist theory......!!!!!
basel zain (10 months ago)
You're a really wonderful, energetic, and smart teacher. I really loved your energy. Thanks for the interesting and clear explanations. :)
Undisputed Music (10 months ago)
Damn .... I'm a literature student from India... And the way you simplified and explained the topic... I would bow and touch your feet for imparting me such a knowledge in my understanding! Thank you sir!
asha vid`s (11 months ago)
saeed9999 (11 months ago)
Really enjoyed all your video posts on criticism. Inspired me to look up books you recommended, and explore the concepts you highlighted. Some of your suggestions and some things they led me to are linked below: (THANKS!) Literary critic as a travel guide https://amzn.to/2yoOB7A New Criticism Primary of the work -> "heresy of paraphrase" https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Heresy_of_Paraphrase Psychological Criticism https://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/engl210jj/psychological.htm https://www.slideshare.net/chantalsettley1/erikson-freud-maslowtheories-of-development Reader response https://goo.gl/o1Uhsm Feminist Criticism and literature "how to read like a professor" https://amzn.to/2JT9FEj "mad woman in the attic" https://amzn.to/2JWIqZL "the good bohemian" https://amzn.to/2yiWI5l "Colette" https://amzn.to/2yiygRP "yellow book" https://medium.com/fgd1-the-archive/the-yellow-book-aubrey-beardsley-1872-1898-9bae4e9ca78d Deconstruction https://amzn.to/2MxKucd
welcome 2 ur home (11 months ago)
you're a good teacher
Fatima Zahra (11 months ago)
I just watched 5secs of this video and I'm already smiling
Nicki M (11 months ago)
You are awesome 👍👍👍
Hexalynn (1 year ago)
You are awesome!
nice video sir make more videos on literature
Kris Anticknap (1 year ago)
Damn, son, you're clever.
jupiter is a bean (1 year ago)
I love this
whoosh air (1 year ago)
i gave him a like in the start itself for the warm welcome(even though the moment reminded and represented of a mouse)
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
Thank you! I guess it pays to be friendly!
Shamim Ahasan (1 year ago)
I wish I could participate in your real class in person and interact with you directly.
Shamim Ahasan (1 year ago)
No matter how much homework you would assign. At least I could learn something.
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
But then you'd have to do all of the homework I assign!
Lauren Lindsay (1 year ago)
Really appreciate your videos. They are very easy to follow and after each video I feel like I have a thorough understanding of the subject. You're a gifted teacher! Thanks for sharing.
Yusuf Ayaz (1 year ago)
As a postgraduate student of English literature, i must say you got some pedagogic skills. Props to you. Keep up the good work.
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
You're very kind!
Jay MoneySwagSwag (1 year ago)
be my teacher please and thanks
Sarah Elmalawy (1 year ago)
your answer to my question was just perfect really thank you
Gihan Rady (1 year ago)
wonderful. I studied from all of this playlist for my exam of criticism. They are so helpful.
meeraru ru (1 year ago)
Hei, sir... Can u pls detail on the works of Foucault...... Your method of class is amazing..... Even a non native of English can understand the essential core....Thnkuuuu so much.....
issey64 (1 year ago)
hey helllo Tim that was a great introduction for me thanks a lot of <you'r so cute too>. Could you pls help us finding some document which includes Mattdew Arnd,Wordsworth, P.B Shelley, Coleridge, Ben Johnson's and Sidney's literary critiqueslike pdf ? Thanks you again. :*
ikram el (1 year ago)
Ooo thanks a lot 😍😍that was clear for me It is the first time I understand
Hasiba Amat allahh (1 year ago)
❤️✌🏻️that is very helpful thanks 🇸🇦
BimaMusisi (1 year ago)
I teach this subject to my undergraduate students. Thank you very much for your insights and tips. I find it really spot on and useful. Cheers.
Walter Peretiatko (1 year ago)
If you took whatever book your student was reading and bashed her on the head with it till it made her cry, then every book she picks up is truly an enjoyable rich literary experience... even thick phone books.
Jauhari achmad (1 year ago)
halloo... sir!! do you have some referent books for me..? I am a student so I need some books or PDF file to improve my knowledge as much and fast as possible
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
+Jauhari achmad I am not sure. Possibly in an older edition.
Jauhari achmad (1 year ago)
where can I get those books sir.? can I get them on PDF.?
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
+Jauhari achmad Here are a few of my favorite books on Literary Criticism: Text and Context by Steven Lynn; The Norton Anthology of Literary Theory and Criticism; and Literary Theory, An Introduction by Terry Eagleton.
Pamela Hughes (1 year ago)
Very helpful - Thanks - excited to use this in my classroom.
Dhruba koirala (1 year ago)
This video not only delivers the concept of literary criticism but also explains the playful and enjoyable part of it. I am greatly influenced by this and will try to go through all the other videos of yours.
Ferrite Productions (1 year ago)
I have a channel that focuses on the literary analysis of popular characters. Please feel free to stop by.
sachchi susmita (1 year ago)
what is the name of the book? I don't get it what he says. anyone, please tell me
This is so helpful!
Jariev Largo (1 year ago)
This will be very helpful to my class. I have my Literary Criticism class right now and I didn't know anything about it and I happened to have opened this video and YES I'm very glad that I happened to have crossed on your channel! Hope to meet you someday and talk about literature and so on! :) Thank you so much.. I now have a background of LC! yehey!
houssam fahssy (1 year ago)
who is the writer of that book Text and Context plz?
Tim Nance (1 year ago)
+houssam fahssy Steven Lynn
Andres Maldonado (2 years ago)
Hello, i´ve enjoyed your video, but how can I apply Criticism in Art and Architecture? Any suggestions or bibliography?
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
Well, the theory can be the same. How do the characteristics of the art and architecture convey meaning? How does the context in which they were created establish meaning? What sort of contradictions and inconsistencies in message are inherent in the piece? Play around with theories and notice how they create and debate meaning. I don't really have a good bibliography in mind, but with a little searching, I'm sure you can find some great sources. Good luck!
Aan Mahmud (2 years ago)
hello Mr. Nance, that's a great video, i just wanna ask what is the full title of texts and context book's and also who is the author of that book... thank you, btw this video is very usefull.... :)
Chloe Braidwood (2 years ago)
Thank you SO much for your videos on literary criticism! I'm studying literature in university and found this topic so overwhelming but you break it down and make it so easy to understand as well as being really engaging! thank you :) Subscribed!
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
Glad I could help!
Jeanie Lopez (2 years ago)
Extremely helpful!
Amit Thakur (2 years ago)
sir could you please explain Dryden views on three unities... ?
Samya Roy (2 years ago)
WOW!!! You're so good! :D
Saba Asad (2 years ago)
I am a literature student and really struggling with the new course of literary criticism.. :(
Shund Sook (2 years ago)
can i get a video on post-structuralism? please?
Joe Lackey (2 years ago)
In short, it's doing scholarship on literature.
Lord Hephaestus (2 years ago)
Stop saying 'litature.' It's LIT-ER-A-TURE!
Queen of Pirates (2 years ago)
great videos :) however i cant find post structuralism
Amelia Allman (2 years ago)
They're amazing, and I use them with my classes. Thanks for what you do! :)
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
Post-Structuralism is related to deconstruction. I'd like to do more of these literary criticism videos when I have time, but I don't know when that will be.
Maxine Ye (2 years ago)
It's useful to learn by myself! Thank you!
however november (2 years ago)
I disagree with the "it takes the fun out of it" part. I'm a student and I love criticizing works. it's more fun than just reading a book because it delves deeper into the topic of a literary text or something of that sort.. or whatever. anyways, that's just my personal opinion. but that's probably just because i love reading and discovering new things.
sonika swt123 (2 years ago)
I wish I had u as my teacher 😣... sir if u have time plz make a video on structurelism .... and thanku so much for teaching us
Marialee Agbon (2 years ago)
do you have literary theory?
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
+Marialee Agbon Theory is the ideas about literature that one carries into reading. Criticism is the act of applying those theories to a piece of literature.
Güzel Günüş (2 years ago)
Thankyou great 👍
Dur-e-Nayab Zahra (2 years ago)
what is the name of that book "Text and Contexts"?
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
It's entitled Text and Context, and it's by Steven Lynn.
Gabrielle Perez (2 years ago)
Thank you so much for this! Please try and cover post-colonialism and modernist theory :)
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
+Gabrielle Perez I don't know that I'll have time to do them soon, but I'll try to get to them eventually!
willie osborne (2 years ago)
Nice introduction
4 GIVE (2 years ago)
what is the difference between judging and criticism?what do we call the process of pushing to a person a false thinking by an observer but far from the heart of the person and then the observer force trying to show that his thinking to the person is right but for the person the observer is very wrong because the person knows his heart?
4 GIVE (2 years ago)
I experience it sometimes but i can't describe it by just words. :(
Tim Nance (2 years ago)
I'm having a little trouble following who is doing what in your question. Are you talking about tricking someone into saying something that they don't believe through deception and confusion? That's called manipulation. With criticism, we're not talking about false thinking or fallacy; instead we're discussing perspective and purpose. Judgment can be used synonymously with criticism, but it tends to be negative. The words vary in meaning depending upon the context. From a formal, professional perspective, they tended to be neutral, but when used informally, they tend to mean pointing out faults.
atheer saud (3 years ago)
Hi Mr. Nance. Can you please explain foregrounding and backgrounding
atheer saud (3 years ago)
+Tim Nance (NanceNotes and Narwhals) thank you so muchhhh
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+atheer saud These terms have to do with the way language and structure add emphasis to certain points in a text. Foregrounding is technique of making the reader pay attention to a part of the text either because of parallel regularity (like a rhyming couplet at the end of a free verse passage) or because of irregularity (like a shift in meter from iamb to trochee in the line of a sonnet). Doing so forces us to notice this part of the text and draws out meaning. As the term implies, it draws meaning to the foreground. Backgrounding is the opposite concept; it means to lessen in significance. Aspects of the text or patterns we think we see at first may become backgrounded as other more significant details are foregrounded. In other words, both concepts have to do with the interaction between form and meaning. These terms are useful particularly if you are trying a New Critical or Formalist theory, which emphasize close reading and the interplay between form and content. Does this help?
Misbah Anwer (3 years ago)
Great Videos, very helpful! thank you so much :)
Xora Var (3 years ago)
lack cohesiveness, ,,,talk in abstraction, ,,,must have solid examples
Star Life (3 years ago)
oooh thanks a lot great work today i have a midterm
Pyrex Dish (3 years ago)
A bit too much waffle, get to the point quicker.
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Pyrex Dish I prefer pancakes as well.
Ruth Allio Oudri (3 years ago)
I wish I had a teacher like you!
SUMED KHANDARE (2 months ago)
You are
VANISHA MANGLA (6 months ago)
So true, fortune to have a teacher like you sir.
saratiii ii (6 months ago)
we all do
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Ruth Allio Oudri Well, feel free to ask question on here!
Ouaïl Serhiri (3 years ago)
Great video! Loved it I hope we can learn to write about subjects like: How can a literary text be open to various readings! because these kind of questions is what we have on our exams and it is a little bit tricky to begin writing! Thank you
Britt J.L. Halliburton (3 years ago)
Hey dude. Just want to say this was great. I'm a teacher myself, teaching university in China so I've been searching for some videos that'll help me express literary criticism in a way that my second-language students would be able to understand and you've given me some great ways of doing just that with this video. Seriously, thank you and well done.
Britt J.L. Halliburton (3 years ago)
+Tim Nance (NanceNotes and Narwhals) Wow, thanks for the reply! I would say high school in native English speaking countries is probably about the equivalent level of most Chinese students, so it should work out in the coming semester. I actually did watch that video of yours too when I noticed it! Journey to the West is really as ingrained into Chinese culture as Shakespeare's work is in English-speaking countries. But yes, I do admire your videos a lot! I have been watching quite a few different people make similar videos and I do tend to find there's at least *something* in yours that I think provides a kind of simple method of understanding that the majority of others miss. Your work has been invaluable. Thank you so very much :).
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+John Lawrence Halliburton Great! Glad you find them useful! I created them for my high school students to get a first taste of criticism, but I've gotten a lot of feedback from college students who enjoyed the simple look at the different methods. Also, kudos on the work in China! Very cool. I had an old friend who did that for a few years. I also teach a version of Journey to the West in my literature course and enjoy discussing China and its literature then. Thanks again, and good luck!
Mario De Grandis (3 years ago)
Pls make more videos! THey are awesome!
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Mario De Grandis Thank you!  You're very kind. 
Mario De Grandis (3 years ago)
+Tim Nance (NanceNotes and Narwhals) Sounds great! I spent hours and hours trying to figure out what is deconstructionism going through obscure readings. Your video boils down the essential elements we need to know before reading the ore advanced theoretical articles. You are a wonderful teacher!
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
Thanks! I've had a good response to these lit crit videos, so I probably will make some more when I get the time.
Megan Lutz (3 years ago)
Would you do a video about Formalism? I feel like everything I find about it is very general. It's helpful for me to see concrete points lol. Like *this *this *this is what it IS. I feel like I keep finding vague explanations. Love your videos! And I apologize if I missed this video if you already made one about Formalism.
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
Thanks! No, I don't have a video yet on Formalism, though a lot of it is similar to New Criticism. I'll try to make one when I get time.
Ashwin Acharya (3 years ago)
I watch your videos to help me learn how to teach. like the way you organize your ideas.
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Ashwin Acharya Thank you very much!
Lukub (3 years ago)
lol: *cry*teria
Malika Mima (3 years ago)
hi,thank you so much tim. i want to know about moral philosophical criticism?
theacer250 (3 years ago)
watching these videos and taking notes is my homework, your videos are way more interesting than I thought it was going to be thank you.
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+theacer250 Glad to exceed your expectations! Who's assigning me? Let me know if I can answer any questions!
Peter Carman (3 years ago)
I wish literary theory, even at the most basic level, was taught in high school, or at least the very idea that there is not just one fixed reading of a text. (Or maybe this is the way it's taught in high schools and mine just didn't get with the program.) These are great videos!
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Peter Carman Definitely! I dislike the idea that there's only one reading available. It doesn't simplify the study, but merely makes it monotonous. Who wants to reproduce everything a teacher says about a text when you can actually get creative and think? I prefer my students to stretch their brains and try out some ideas.
Vladamir E (3 years ago)
I am just beginning an English Literature degree and your videos are so helpful. I was feeling totally overwhelmed by all these new concepts but your videos help to break them down into an understandable format, thank you.
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
Glad I could help! Good luck with the English Lit degree! I think you'll find it very rewarding! Let me know if you have any questions!
Mansi Dodia (3 years ago)
You are amazing at explaining. Thank you so much. :)
Luis Villar (3 years ago)
Loved all your videos about Literary Criticism! I'm doing a research paper and I'm going a bit crazy LOL... thanks a lot!
Luis Villar (3 years ago)
No, I'm working on it. Right now! LOL
Tim Nance (3 years ago)
+Luis Villar Glad I could help! Good luck on the research paper! What's it over?

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