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Well aside from the fact that it's required, it's one of those courses that gives you the timeline of one of many perspectives of history, the perspective of literature, art and everything creative. I feel as though history is often times misunderstood, misrepresented and inaccurately transcended and in order to change that and understand history as a whole and start accurately depicting the past to the next generation, we must put the pieces of the puzzle together. We have to teach our youth and inform them of every part of history. Political, social, literary, scientific, religious, Geographic, cinematic and any other form of history that has been swept under the rug as unimportant. Slavery may have played a large role in history, and as an African American no one knows that more than me, but it shouldn't be the only aspect of history we remember. Clinging to that one piece of history has left our society divided, hostile and in up roar now more than ever but there's still time to change that. This course like other's I have taken throughout my years of college shed's light on a forgotten piece of history, the history of literature. It reminded me of how writing today was influenced by writers and literature from from the ancient time to the middle ages. From Mesopotamia to Greece to here at our front. This course identifies many of the pioneers and key contributors of literature that helped us define literature today while also drawing reference to cinematic and media depictions of these literatures in today's world as we live in the age of technology.
One highlight of this course for me would be the introduction to different types of literature. It shows you the power in story telling and shows you how much influence pen and paper can have over a people and how long that influence can last. I learned that there are people on this earth that literally write themselves into history, a gift vested in a select few
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Be engaged. It will benefit you in helping you understand the world around you. It will open your eyes and help you see how we got to the point where we are now. It will advance your critical thinking skills and help you read between the lines and see things for what they really are instead of just appealing to the surface. Humanity is beyond skin deep.