Our lives are perpetually in a state of flux and they should be because we grow through making mistakes and learning from them. Unfortunately, we are often too afraid of failure or being corrected and this can hold us back from reaching our true potential on individual and societal levels. We must both give and receive criticism in order to better ourselves.
Picture, if you will, an English major or a literary critic. Go ahead, I’ll wait.
I’m sure there is some difference between what you and I saw, but for the sake of my argument let’s say we both imagined a person who reads the “classics” and looks down on the smut and “lesser forms” of “written art” that are “prevalent” in today’s “society.” Someone who also uses “big words” and apparently doesn’t know how to “use” quotation “marks” correctly.
Is that what you pictured? Not that last part about quotation marks? Fair enough. Unfortunately, there is a stereotype of snobbish behavior attributed to those who study or critique literature. While this stereotype may be well deserved for some, I believe there are some exceptions out there like myself. Brace yourselves; here come the big paragraphs of my opinions. Continue reading “On the Subject of Literary Elitism”