Three Basic Stages in Analysis That Vary Depending on What Theory You Use


1)  Determining the text: what are you reading and where did it come from?


2)  Performing the text: what are you doing when you read?; what should you not do when you read?; what does the text "mean" to a competent reader of the era in which it was composed (Hirsch)?


3)  Interpreting the text. what does the text mean?; what is the significance of that meaning?