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What is Literature?

Like Kaylee said in her blog, we are in a constant struggle to find the true meaning of literature. This is definitely a suitable goal for us in Literary Criticism - To find the meaning of literature. Eagleton mentions that literature is not "a matter of personal experience, personal response, or imaginative uniqueness." I think that the point that he is trying to make is that literature can be any kind of writing on a topic. It doesn't have to be made up, and it doesn't have to be a recollection of one's personal experiences.

And going by Eagleton's take on literature, then any kind of writing could fall into it's broad spectrum - whether it be a diary or journal, a drama, a suspense novel, a script to a performance or movie, etc. If it has to do with a topic, and it is recorded onto a paper, then it can be considered literature. This is where the critic comes in: he/she decides what is good literature, and what is bad literature. I hope to be able to do this by the time I complete EL312.


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