Fictional and nonfiction are equally important – Colgate Marron News

Your literary collection should be full of fiction and realism, not one or the other.

For many people, reading has always been boring. During primary and secondary school, we were taught the importance of reading in and out of an academic environment. While regular engagement with literature is undoubtedly beneficial for several reasons, this article is not intended to convince non-readers of the need to pick up a book.

Attempting to persuade an audience to do something subtly programmed to hate their entire life in 700 to 800 words would be too ambitious. Instead, I am more interested in bridging the gap between readers of novels, who consider it inaccessible, and readers of fiction, who feel the novel is low.

For all students at Colgate, learning to deal critically with literature, stories and fiction is a hallmark of a liberal arts education. However, most Colgate students (and people in general) who read for pleasure would say that they often, if not exclusively, read novels outside of an academic setting.

Within smaller humanities classes such as a student’s first year seminar, there is an expectation that every student will participate. Professors are eager to understand how you interact with the text and how you formulate your arguments using this text. However, the seemingly insurmountable anxiety that comes with building an argument for engaging in discourse with your classmates is enough to dissuade most students from reading dense nonfiction similar to what they read to class.

However, I implore you to explore the possibilities that come with reading books like discipline and punishment Michel Foucault or Fear of the black body by Sabrina Strings. Books like this not only show you the history of social structures but also force you to confront preconceptions about how these structures affect our daily lives.

Reading should be for intimate pleasure. Once you get yourself out of the high-pressure environment that is a classroom at an exclusive university like Colgate, you can start engaging with non-fiction in a way that feels natural.

When you read nonfiction for pleasure, you should choose the books, articles, and essays you read the same way you choose a novel. By not limiting yourself to a curated list of topics, as you do when you take a class, the learning process becomes more investigative. You can explore topics in ways that are relevant to you, and there are no bets where the concerns of a paper or class discussion stop disappearing. And when you talk to someone about what you’ve learned from a work of non-fiction, you can be honest and open about what you don’t understand or what you find compelling without worrying about expressing your ideas being labeled or scrutinized.

Despite what non-fiction readers might think, reading fiction is just as important as esoteric texts to impress your intellectual friends. Unlike readers of fiction, people who read non-fiction books tend to see information as more valuable when it is presented dialectically. Regardless of whether this information skews or supports a popular idea, most non-fiction readers would agree that articles and books are more rhetorically effective than stories. but why?

Ironically, the proliferation of anti-intellectualism in the past few years is to blame. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve likely seen memes about how English teachers frequently extrapolate to the importance of small details in efforts to initiate discourse among their students (i.e. Blue Curtains is a metaphor for the hero’s depression). While this can happen, storytelling is invaluable for understanding the mechanics of our personal and interpersonal relationships in the context of social phenomena.

In my final year of high school, I took an English class called Radical Love in African American Literature. After reading Audre Lorde’s collection of articles, sister from abroadand her semi-autobiographical novel, mandatoryShe begins to draw parallels between her alienation as a black woman among white lesbians and as a lesbian among heterosexual black women, both in her essays and novel. Although Lord’s articles in sister from abroad Report it directly mandatorynon-fiction books can always be used when analyzing literature and vice versa.

Instead of framing fiction and nonfiction literature as opposites in the same way that scholars have tried to argue that religion and science have been for decades, you should understand that they are interdependent and constantly inform each other. The essay and the story are the basis for how we learn and think. Without simultaneously appreciating and consuming it, it is difficult to understand the complex world in which we live.

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