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What is the best way you would describe Julia Avarez's writing style? Would it be as a...

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gamefaceguy | Honors

Posted January 31, 2013 at 6:20 PM via web

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What is the best way you would describe Julia Avarez's writing style? Would it be as a multicultural author vs an American author or vs any author?

I mentioned in class how impressed I was with the writing of Julia Alvarez and I was immediately assigned to write a paper on it. Im not sure how to start it , attempt it. Any suggestions would be appreicated.

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gojsawyer | Teacher | (Level 1) Assistant Educator

Posted January 31, 2013 at 10:52 PM (Answer #1)

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The questions indicate it may be helpful to 1) chose a style of literary criticism relative to a specific piece of writing by the author and 2) separate the author from her work. One style of literary criticism that looks at or compares an author’s personal life and times relative to his or her work is biographical criticism. This approach is somewhat acceptable for beginning students, such as middle schoolers, who likely do not have very much grounding in the tools of literary analysis. Biographical criticism for young students is often a helpful tool by which to engage them in literature. Academically, as students are expected to show maturity in their perspectives in high school and college, a wider range of analytical tools are expected. For example, a “close reading” of the text is, in general, highly valued. A close reading of text requires focusing on the words the author uses in the text to communicate relationships, meaning, and ideas in and in between words only. As such, in a close reading of text, the question of “multicultural author” vs. “American author” vs. “any author” answers itself: It is not important relative to the text. Enotes has quite a few resources relative to literary criticism of the work of Julia Alvarez. A few links are included below.

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