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Literariness

I came across the concept of literariness in the English course I took. The textbook (An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory by Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle, 2016) brought it up when the authors were talking about creative fiction and how it connects to literature. They suggest that literature does not exist. Instead every work can be analysed for its literariness. This suggests that there is no specific genre for those people who are talked about in English courses. It also suggests that no work is beyond these types of discussion.

This makes sense to me as many readers do analysis all genres in similar ways to how is taught in English courses. However, attending those same classes the teachers push only one time of “genre”, or the belief that commercial fiction doesn’t deserve to be studied. Which is better than creative writing college teachers who pretend commercial fiction doesn’t exist. I think this is the wrong approach because anything that narrows focus is the wrong way to look at things. All genres bring some literariness and can provide insights to people.

 

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Getting Back on the Horse

It seems forever since I wrote a blog post and it probably feels that way to anyone who follows this blog. It has been a long semester with five classes and the long commute between home and school. But I survived it so I should try to post again.

I have a joined the website Patreon(https://www.patreon.com/BHeatherMantler) and am hoping to put out a short piece on it weekly as a way to generate some money to pay bills. According to the e-mails, I should ask people already interested in my writing to support me on the site, so this is it. If you chose to help me, thank you. If you chose not to, that is okay.

The last thing I will mention in this post (and my next post will be back to discussion on writing) is a request. If you have read one of my books, I ask that you put up a review of it on Amazon or Goodreads. All reviews help authors, even if it is just a rating and one sentence. It takes only a moment of your time and costs nothing, but it helps me out a lot.

And I hope to have another post up next week about writing.

 

Attending Classes

This September I went back to school with the goal of receiving a diploma at the end of two years. Aside from the moments when I am so stressed I can’t concentrate, I enjoy going to classes and learning new things. Though I’m not so good at English courses as non-literal meanings of works tend to escape me. And I’ve never been good at getting homework done since teachers started assigning it back in elementary school.

It has been a few years since I sat in classes and listened to lectures. I forgot how much writing I get done while going to school. During that time at the start of class when everyone else is talking, I will be writing. I know those five minutes don’t seem like enough time to get anything done, but for me that is half a page of handwritten material I wouldn’t have written otherwise. Those half pages add up of the course of a week.

The other time I write is between classes as going home for the hour is useless because I barely get home before I have turn around and come back. And it wastes gas. So, I just find a place to sit and I continue that half page from earlier. Overall going back to school has helped me increase the amount of writing I have been getting done and I am enjoying being a student again.