What is practical criticismWatch this thread
I hope this is the right forum to post in! I was reading on the ELAT discussion about some people saying they haven't done much practical crit at school and I was just wondering (probably is a very stupid question!) what is it exactly? I mean, I looked it up on the internet and it just went on about analysing how far the language conforms to a genre and words like allegory, metaphor etc. but that's what we do normally when we analyse texts/poems etc. right? And so practical crit must be different? And are there any particularly good books other people have found helpful for preparing for the ELAT? (on practical crit or other topics).
Thanks for any help!
The idea behind it is as this article points out to try and look at "the words on the page", as opposed to the author.
Of course, those with theoretical bents may not like it. It's not a bad skill to have though...
OP, you were pretty much right first time round. It's the practice of writing a critical analysis of a text you haven't seen before.
The name can be a little misleading as it suggests there can be such an activity as impractical criticism (see Profesh's illustration).
Think of it as close analysis rather than practical criticism