Chapter 16 talked about looking at works within historical context. I typically like studying history, and I feel that understanding the context within a work is written is very important when studying literature. This class is a bit different because we aren't studying a certain time period. Thus any look into the historical context of a work must be done independently, with a focus on that work specifically. That's very different from other classes where we study a time period, and several works of literature within that time period. While it might mean that we get less of a general survey of the time period, we are able to focus more specifically on the aspects of the historic and cultural context that pertain specifically to that work.