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Escape versus Interpretive Literature

There are two ends to the literary spectrum: escape and interpretive.

Joanne Polec

on 13 November 2012

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Transcript of Escape versus Interpretive Literature

A Literary Spectrum Escape versus Interpretive Literature Interpretive literature deepens and broadens our understanding of the human condition.
It depicts life for what it is. Interpretive Literature in this class: Escape Literature Escape literature leaves one with a superficial attitude toward life.
Escape literature may actually distort our view of reality and give one false concepts and expectations. Interpretive Literature Think Christopher Nolan's Inception - written for entertainment
- takes us away from the "real" world Think Disney's The Lion King What are two main reasons for reading and studying literature?
- To participate in the imaginary adventures of imaginary people (pleasure)
- To expand and refine our understanding of life and human nature (understanding) Characteristics of Escape Literature
1. character: sympathetic hero(ine) with whom the reader can identify
2. plot: an exciting, suspenseful or action-filled plot
3. ending: a happy outcome
4. theme: conventional, cliche - written to provide pleasure and understanding
- takes us deeper into the real world - broadens, deepens, and sharpens out awareness of life Characteristics of Interpretive Literature
1. character: complex, multi-dimensional characters that are not always sympathetic
2. plot: may focus on internal conflict that is more emotional and psychological
3. ending: outcome may be tragic or indeterminate
4. themes: are broader, and may challenge our view of the world or suggest deeper insights; leaves us thinking Miller's Death of a Salesman
Wall's The Glass Castle
Lawrence's "The Rocking-horse Winner"
Dobb's "The Scar"
Thurber's "The Catbird Seat"
Camus "The Guest"
Daldry's Billy Elliot
Weir's Dead Poet's Society
Nolan's "The Glass Roses"
Laurence's "Horses of the Night"
Greene's "The Destructors"
Shakespeare's Hamlet
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