January 29, 2007

Stop Asking!

Eagleton, ''Introduction: What is Literature?'' -- Jerz EL312 (Literary Criticism)

This question is not supposed to be answered because of the consequences that will follow. The reason being because there is not one, concrete answer that everyone will agree on and approve. And along with people not agreeing, people get extremely defensive and sensitive when someone dares to say that their works, such as the Superman comic, is not Literature.

As the article states, "If literature is 'creative' or 'imaginative' writing, does that imply that history, philosophy and natural science are uncreative and unimaginable?" We have no right to judge or exclude some writings from get the title "Literature".

When I took the course, Videogamming, a similar question arose - why are videogames not accepted in the art/literature society?
It's an extremely sensitive subject and I think that we, as critics, have any right to downplay someone's works because they are not socially accepted. To me, it's unfair and unacceptable. If it was up to me, any work done, whether I agree or disagree, would be classified as "Literature".

Posted by GinaBurgese at January 29, 2007 10:47 AM | TrackBack

I have to agree with you Gina. It does seem like there could ever be a true definition because nobody would ever agree. It's like Vanessa said in her blog, if you asked someone to define love everyone would say something different. As much as I agree with you I'm not too sure how videogamming would fit in with literature.

Posted by: Sue at January 29, 2007 4:43 PM

Right on Gina! I agree with you. I hate it that some people believe that they must exclude something from being deemed literature just because they can. I just don't understand why people invent phrase such as "If you look back at the literature on [insert topic here]" if people were just going to decide that they get to be selective on what is defined. I don't understand why people give critics the power to do that in the first place. Anyway. Great observations!

Posted by: Tiffany at January 31, 2007 7:39 PM
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