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RSA: Historical Context
There are two ways you should be identifying the context.
- The social context (or historical background) of a text tells us what time period and events inspired the creation of the text that you are analyzing.
- However, going for a broader context means that you answer the Exigence, Audience, and Constraints.
Here are questions to think about to begin to identify both the Historical and Broader Context:
- When was this text created/produced/published?
- What was happening during the time the text was created/produced/published?
- What is the background of the creator?
- What search terms will help me to understand more about the period in which the text was created?
- What definitions might I need to define so that my readers will truly understand this period?
- How can I explain the social context/period the text came out of in a way that my readers understand this historical information?
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