Background knowledge is often imperative when you work with a specific subject or area. If you and your class work with fiction texts about young people in the UK, it may be useful to read a bit about the school system
there. Or if you and your group want to do a project on the Vietnam War and its impact on film and literature, you may want to read up on the Beat Generation [link til artikel]. Or again, if you are going to write an essay on horror stories, it might help you to know more about the psychoanalytic criticism [link til artikel].
There are plenty of ways to gain some background on a subject – you may talk to someone who knows more about the subject than you, you may browse the internet and find reliable sources or you may read background material such as articles or books on the subject.
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