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Is there a politics of literature? If so, how can it be defined? If not, why not? Illustrate your essay with specific examples.

Literature has evolved as a popular and influential form of communication through the ages in all societies and cultures.  Many theorists believe that literature; particularly the media often portray stereotypical images of society, which could lead to loss of individual identities.  Some theorists argue that meaning is often ambiguous and cannot be clearly defined as carrying the same message to all readers.  The context within which both written and spoken language are used has been argued to determine how an individual will interpret a written or spoken message.  It has also been claimed; that it is impossible to define how each individual infers meanings on a personal basis with the emphasis of meaning inherent within individual imagination.  Here, I shall draw examples from several theorists in order to show the possible limitations of determining meaning from literature and the consequences associated with the presumption of interpretation.

 

 

If politics were to exist in literature it could be argued that this would require a fixed, stable code of understanding.  A close examination of meaning derived from texts, both spoken and written has shown that it is impossible to categorize meaning in all possible situations.  Factors that influence meaning could include:  gender, ethnicity, culture, class amongst many others.  To define a politics of literature, a rigid classification of unified meaning would need to be fixed.  The evidence presented here from several theorists has shown that we cannot fix meaning in this way.  Literature is continually evolving and is often influenced according to the era in which created.  As we move through the times, more and more literature is created which may influence texts created in future times.  Personal experience and prior knowledge will always be an influential factor in our interpretation of interactions, whether consciously or more often unconsciously.  Our own personal experience is unique to ourselves and different for every individual.  With this in mind, I would conclude that every person enters every interaction with different background contextual information which influences interpretation. 

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