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    as the title says.
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    Well, it means just that - you need to consider the social and cultural circumstances that the author lived in and how this informs the text that they produced. So, for a really naff example, it was part of the culture of Shakespeare's period to not allow women to perform on stage. So you could hold that piece of information in your head whilst reading a play or a sonnet which involved something to do with women, and see if you can make any sort of connection. It would be wrong to say that Shakespeare was being misogynst purely because of this, as from the cultural context you can understand that it was the normal thing to do. So that would make any analysis of a play by Shakespeare more accurate. You might also read elsewhere that Queen Elizabeth granted the 'moors' full diplomatic recognition for helping them in the conquering of Spain, but deported them in 1601 because of fears about their odd behaviour and overpopulation, which reflects attitudes that society had at that time to 'moors', which in turn could inform your reading of Othello.
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