Literature and History

7 Oct

For many years, people have said that Literature is shaped by history. The historical context behind a text is what shapes its content. Yes, this is partially true, but we’re not getting the full story.

The relationship between Literature and History goes two ways, because it is Literature which has also shaped History.

Great writers do not simply document the world around them, they challenge it and they mould it to their liking. To be a writer, is to be a creator. The History we know has been decided by writers and our opinions of the world have been shaped by them too. Writers control the world, and readers of all Literature can try to begin to understand it.

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2 Responses to “Literature and History”

  1. johncoyote October 8, 2012 at 5:06 am #

    Most of the great writers were dislike in their time. Mark Twain last book of poetry was held till his death. He wrote against war and expansion. Great writers have no fear and write with logic and honest words. Thank you for the wisdom in your words.

    • francesclarke07 October 8, 2012 at 3:28 pm #

      An absolutely true point about great writers being ahead of their times. I think this is almost a must for truly great writers, as they are inventing and adapting (often in order to improve) the world with their words. Thank you for your comment and for stopping by!

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