If you know me, you know I am working on ways to combine my knowledge as a literature specialist and a writing specialist. (Actually, if you know me, you know I have at least 5 projects going on at the same time, which can be counterproductive.) In English, many of us know there is a schism, if you will, between these two fields (as there is between other fields within a specific discipline.) What follows is part of my notes on ways to hybridize my understanding of literature and writing:
In a vein similar to Peter Elbow, I see literature as transforming a writer’s definition and space for writing after time. Reading literature helps open a space for writing. For instance, once an individual spends enough time reading literature, their interpretation of writing changes in a multitude of ways. They see writing as a communicative space—a space to create understanding of themselves, the world, others, society, cultural movements, history. They also learn more about manipulation of language; they learn to see writing as an experiment of form, thought, narration. Hence literature not only creates a space for writing, literature also creates a way of better understanding writing. And, of course, writing helps people understand literature itself, which is an argument that has been made for quite some time.
As you can see there is still work to be done and other notes I have are better explained. But I feel in this passage I am on the verge of something that I can ponder in detail and make applicable to comp studies. This semester, I will be putting this idea into action, or at least starting to. And I will continue doing this and refining.