Category: Review

Review

What is it the review?

Let’s start with what a review is by itself. In general, this word has a Latin origin, where “recensio” means “viewing, reporting, evaluating, reviewing something”. This means that the main task of the student here is to briefly recount the contents of the work, while doing an analysis and expressing their opinion. The review is, perhaps, the most difficult kind of composition. It can only be exercised by the strongest students and is also an indicator of the mastery of the teacher. Examination review, like any other review, is written on a completely new work, to which no one (well, or almost no one) has written anything. It helps the student to demonstrate how much he has developed the skill of analyzing a literary work. The very same skill is formed when working with classical, “established” works. In the examination review, the author writes about things of the modern, which have not yet been properly analyzed in specialized literature. About them has not yet formed some opinion. They should be considered in the context of today’s life, today’s realities.

What is the structure of the examination review?

Speaking about the structure of the examination review, it is worth remembering that this concept is very conditional, in contrast to the scientific review. Items here can stand in any place, but, nevertheless, they must be present necessarily. The source text here is a work of art, and therefore the artistic style of presentation is also more appropriate in the review. Most often it is chosen by creative, gifted students. The first thing to remember first the teacher, and then the student, is that the review is a kind of message from the person who read the book (or who watched the film, the play) to those who have not already done so. This means that it must necessarily contain the output of the original work: the author, the title, perhaps the year of publication. Also it is necessary to give considerable attention to the presentation of the content. True, in the latter case, do not overdo it and reduce everything to the presentation, because then to someone who reads your work, then it will be uninteresting to refer to the very original work. There must be a conceptual analysis. The basic conceptual idea must be understood from it. There must also be noted some interesting and unusual moments, for example, author’s style, unusual manner of presentation.

Work on the examination review

This means that all the most significant points should be analyzed. This requirement, however, does not mean that the reviewer must necessarily share the point of view of the author of the work. It can be completely different, but, however, should be expressed without mixing the author’s personal opinion of the review. Due to the fact that the presented work is hardly considered by anyone, the author of the review should be able to express his own point of view, to consider the work based on the realities of modern life and precisely in their context. Another, of course, important is the moment of taking into account modern literary realities. All this implies topicality in the good sense of the word. To be aware of current trends in this field and to be guided by novelties, the student should at least occasionally look in the literary magazines. Also an integral part of any review, including scientific, for which, like the whole scientific style, objectivity is characteristic, is subjective analysis, subjective evaluation. You can go to it only by performing an objective analysis. The author’s opinion of the review can be very controversial, but it is precisely its value that it is its own. True, in order to have more soil under it, it must be based on an understanding of the essential foundations of the work.R

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