BiblioFiles Episode #9: What is the Proper Use of Literature?

Thus far we've talked a lot about the role of the reader in approaching literature. But what about the author? Why write in the first place? Should the author use his work to to incite us, to instruct, to delight? Should literature be used at all? That is the subject of this episode...although we do end up talking about the role of the reader anyway. We can't help it. Oh, and this is also the episode where Ian and Missy have an unresolved disagreement, so we're going to need your input!

Referenced Works:

–Langston Hughes, poetry

An Experiment in Criticism, C.S. Lewis

Heidi, Johanna Spyri

–Harry Potter Series, J.K. Rowling

Moby Dick, Herman Melville

Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy

The Bridges of Madison County, Robert James Waller

Jayber Crow, Wendall Berry

The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway

–"To Build a Fire," Jack London

–Thomas Kinkade, paintings


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