- Is there a politics of literature? If so, how can it be d...
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.