A literary theory analysis is usually found in upper level composition or literature classes, and is completed when a student looks for certain ideas found in the literature that supports the postulations of a certain theory. Theories include, but are not limited to, Formalism/New Criticism, Reader-Response Criticism, Feminist Criticism, Psychoanalytic Criticism, Structuralism, Marxist Criticism, Deconstructionist Criticism, Multicultural and/or Intersectionality Criticism, and Queer Theory. The following two sources give background on many of these diverse and ever evolving theories:
Eagleton, Terry. Literary Theory : An Introduction. Vol. Anniversary ed, University of Minnesota Press, 2008.
Klages, Mary. Literary Theory: A Guide for the Perplexed. Continuum, 2006.
(Example: A superego examination from a psychoanalytic perspective, or an idea of gender power imbalance under a feminist viewpoint)
Brainstorm some possible theory analysis ideas with these modern, well-known movies.
Start with the following – what could you do with these?
1. Along Came Polly
2. Happy Death Day
3. American Psycho
5. The Lord of the Rings
6. Finding Nemo