why fiction matters notes

why fiction matters notes - Tim Melley Department of...

Info iconThis preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Tim Melley – Department of English Why Fiction Matters: The Politics of Popular Narrative Why study literature? Why study writing that usually concerns imaginary persons and incidents? Escape Change reality Creativity Propaganda Hollywood Cultureal capital – a knowledge of literature makes your sophisticated, cultured, literate, humane Practical benefits – studying literature improves writing ability Interpretive power Sophisticated readers are better able to understand and produce complex arguments Cross-disciplinary knowledge The ultimate renaissance person’s pursuit Good literature requires us to ponder the most salient and influential ideas of the past and present It leads to broad knowledge A social laboratory Think of new ways to test problems in society
Background image of page 1

Info iconThis preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full DocumentRight Arrow Icon
Moral education Experience life as lived by others – another place, time, culture Different value The preservation of democracy What do narratives do? To this point, we have been thinking of them as useful tools We like to think of ourselves using or “digesting” media and narrative But media and narrative also “use” us. They influence us What is a narrative “digests” us? Look around
Background image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

This note was uploaded on 03/15/2012 for the course SSJ 265 taught by Professor Staff during the Spring '12 term at Miami University.

Page1 / 5

why fiction matters notes - Tim Melley Department of...

This preview shows document pages 1 - 3. Sign up to view the full document.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
Ask a homework question - tutors are online