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Define: "Literary Merit": An Exploration of the Term
Transcript of Define: "Literary Merit": An Exploration of the Term
What is literary merit?
Literary merit is subjective, and therefore cannot be defined. There is the universal idea, however, that all novels of literary merit must have advanced diction, appeal to a wide audience, and be considered "timely."
I wanted to question literary merit, because there are so many novels from the past and present that follow the same themes, some of which are not considered literary merit.
The values of many readers have shifted over time as our highly acclaimed novels vary in questionable themes and plots that somewhat compare to novels of the past. This discrepancy has called into question what should be regarded as literary merit. Due to the prevalence of such novels that portray a time period and its values (and are considered highly acclaimed), these novels have the potential to surpass the standards of "literary merit."
Sex, Scandal, and dystopian societies: Addressing the shifting values of our highly acclaimed novels
According to my research...
There are many novels of literary merit, and they mostly follow the same standards. According to my research, “What has traditionally been assumed to be evidence of obsolescence in the literature of library and information science may be more productively understood in terms of changing relationships among dynamic populations of users and their uses of printed materials, the population of published materials available, and the period of time under study.” (Rothenberg 685)