What does literature offer an individual?

 

Your initial discussion thread is due on Day 3 (Thursday) and you have until Day 7 (Monday) to respond to your classmates. Your grade will reflect both the quality of your initial post and the depth of your responses. Reference the Discussion Forum Grading Rubric for guidance on how your discussion will be evaluated.
 

Why   Read Literature?

Chapter 1 of our text provides a number of reasons why people choose to explore literature. Clugston (2014) writes that there is “a powerful curiosity about human relationships and how to cope in the world in which we find ourselves” (section 1.1, “Connecting: Entering Into a Literary Experience,” para. 2). The text gives a number of general motivations for reading, but it is helpful to put those motivations into context. Your initial post should be at least 200 words in length, not including references.
In your post, answer the following questions:

  • What does literature offer an individual?
  • How has the importance of reading changed from earlier      eras (pre-digital/audio/visual media) to our present day? Do you think we      read differently now than we did in prior generations?
  • Do you think Clugston’s quote is valid? How have      perceptions regarding the value of literature changed, if at all?
  • What causes people’s perceptions regarding the value of      literature to change?

As you consider these questions and begin writing, incorporate readings found in Chapters 1-3 to help illustrate the points you make.
Guided Response: Respond to at least two of your classmates’ initial posts. Each response should be at least 75 words in length and address two or more of the following points:

  • Do you agree with your classmates’ perspectives? Why,      or why not? Be specific.
  • Ask a specific question to encourage further discussion      on the topic.
  • Challenge your classmates’ interpretation of literature      and/or point of view.
  • Do a small amount of research and share what you learn      with your peers about the topic discussed in this post.

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