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Why Read Complex Literature?

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Christian M

on 23 February 2015

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Transcript of Why Read Complex Literature?

What is Literature?
Theory of mind
is the ability to “read” the thoughts and feelings of
Your theory of mind can be
by increasing the ability to
share the feelings of others.
Why read complex literature?
Literature is fun, so technically, complex literature is
complex fun
Complex literature allows us to once again
embody our child-like imaginations

Why Read Complex Literature In the Form of Poetry?
Poetry is
to life
the senses and leads to synthetic thinking
Complex Literature improves our intelligence
Stimulates our brain
Heightens our use
of words
Makes it easier to understand a piece of literature and other texts
Gives readers an
off page experience
Helps us further
understand/comprehend life
Why Read Complex Literature?
By: Deo, Christian, Lukas

Reading Complex Forms of Literature Improves Theory of Mind
Further Reasons why you should read complex literature
Expands our imagination
making us less critical and moral

Detaches from your daily lives
Helps you
from your daily problems and responsibility
Improves Memory a person's

Simple or Complex?
It allows us to
to natural/social issues of the past and how people thought or felt
ideals of a people; and it’s ideals such as;
love, faith, duty, friendship, freedom, reverence

Literature is the question minus the answer
Roland Barthes
Due to the careful use of
, enables readers to become adept in their oral and language skills
Ladies always love smooth talk
In the midst of frantic 21st century life, it teaches us to
slow down
Literature has 3
qualities; a
, s
, and p
In a very broad sense, literature is any written work (that is both good and of high importance)
We can define literature as an interpretation of the human experience in an artistic form.
Works Cited
Complex literature allows the reader to
thoughts, feeling
of characters, as they are often depicted vaguely.
Many times when we do understand a characters intentions and motivations, we will
this new knowledge into our own social behaviour.
No one stands beside us and tells us what each person thinks and feels, therefore we must use
tone, action, body language
others clues
to figure them out.
A study was conducted by Ph. D candidate David Comer Kidd and professor of psychology Emanuele Castano, which indicated that by reading complex literature, empathy increases within a person.
Participants were asked to take a personality test and then read complex literature, popular fiction and non-fiction. Once revaluated the complex literature readers exhibited more empathy.
Reading Complex Forms of Literature Improves Theory of Mind
“The same psychological processes are used to navigate fiction and real relationships. Fiction is not just a simulator of a social experience, it is a social experience.”-David Comer Kidd
Other than for our own benefit, other useful applications of using complex forms of literature to improve theory of mind and empathy can be within educational curricula, inmates and people with mental illness.
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"Reading Literary Fiction Improves 'mind-reading' Skills." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 3 Oct. 2013. Web. 13 Feb. 2015.

Paul, Annie Murphy. "Your Brain on Fiction." The New York Times. The New York Times, 17 Mar. 2012. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

Wright, Sharry. "Your Brain on Literature: The Benefits of Reading." BookBrowse. BookwBrowse, 22 Oct. 2014. Web. 18 Feb. 2015.

James B. Luberda " Literary Language and Complex Literature, 1998
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Currie, Gregory. “Does Great Literature Make Us Better?” The New York Times, 1 Jun. 2013. Web. 13 Feb

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Kimell, Lawrence. “Poetry, Life, Literature” Trinity University, 2000. Web. 13 Feb 2015

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