Monday, January 24, 2011

Literature, Cussing and Tom's Rules... part one


An English teacher’s thoughts about literature and her own writing…
book shelf with colorful books mostly red and blueMy study of literature is limited to those works rooted in Western thought—beginning with the Greeks, concentrating on British and American Literature. Though some scholars claim that Homer’sOdyssey pictures or predicts the Christian God, certainly literature written after Christ’s advent is influenced by the concepts found in the Bible. And much of what I studied and taught reflected this influence. Allusions abound in both prose and poetry even if the subject is mundane and not sacred. Thus my book follows this way of thinking, this library of references, this tradition of seeing things in light of the books and thought gone before me. And therefore since the Christian tradition speaks of God as our Father, the examination of the nature of parenthood or fatherhood is also a study of the presence of a Father God in human life. However, most writers don’t create characters and call them “God.” They suggest attributes of God in the artistic representations of the work.  Read more...

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