Literary Study Practice Questions

Covers relevant questions for our poetry, prose fiction and drama texts.

Literary Study Practice Questions

Tennessee Williams – Critical Reading

Tomorrow, we’ll be completing a lit. study essay – it will be open book, so notes/plans/books are allowed. The question is:

“Drama explores the local and the universal . . .”
 Discuss some of the principal means by which a playwright explores the “local and the universal” in any two plays.

Points to consider:

  • Old vs New South and how this is represented in the plays.
  • Homosexuality and attitudes to this – how the dramas mirror this.
  • Gender roles within the plays.
  • Mendacity in relation to sexuality/gender – how is it relevant and/or or necessary?

All in all, the response should analyse the texts, but also explore how Williams uses them to make wider comments about society.

Below are some readings which will be helpful in developing your understanding and analysis:

guilbert Queering and Dequeering Streetcar


gata_A tenderness

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof – Context

The context of the plays and when they were written is important to our interpretation of them – be sure that, like Plath, you avoid generalisations within this, and are specific should it form part of your analysis in lit. study responses.

PowerPoint below, with the research you should be completing:


Article Person-to-Person: Tennessee Williams to be read as part of this: