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Literature with a capital-L

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Most definitions of Literature vs. non-Literature are necessarily vague and unsatisfying. The desire to draw a line between Literature and non-Literature is a bourgeois desire for status rather than any legitimate aesthetic analysis. Which isn’t to say that all fiction is equal or that aesthetic judgements can’t be made, only that the concept of Literature with a capital-L is not a useful or meaningful term.

EDIT: Or as Sartre put it: “Aesthetic purism was a brilliant maneuver of the bourgeois of the last century who preferred to see themselves denounced as philistines rather than as exploiters.” — from “What is Literature?”


Written by ericrosenfield

August 6, 2010 at 6:33 pm

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