The Author's Perspective
you may never know a writer's viewpoint exactly, it is possible
to understand the author's perspective better by considering the
- the reading's thesis
- the primary audience
- the level of language
- the author's reputation
- the text's period
Fastwrite or talk with a classmate about a current reading assignment:
- What do you think is the reading's thesis? What main point
is made as the text begins and/or ends?
- For what kind of readers do you think the author wrote this
text? Do you think it is intended to be read, for example, by
students, experts, or the general public? (For more on analyzing
the audience, see the section on Argumentation).
- Does the writer use common words or the specialized terms of
a particular academic discipline? Does the level of language create
clarity or confusion?
- What do you know about the author? Is the writer widely recognized
and cited by others? Does the reading begin with a biographical
note or does the book end with information about the contributors?
- When was this text published? What do you know about this period
that can help you understand the reading?