To Separate or Not: Classical from Popular Literature

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Jezza P. OraaProf. Erwin Cipriano
AB English 3-3 20thEuropeanLiterature

Short Research

Do we need to separate Classical Literature from Popular Literature?

First let me define the two literatures, according to Esther Lombardi of About.com Guide Classical Literature refers to the great masterpieces of the Greek, Roman and other ancient civilizations such as Homer’s “Iliad,” Ovid’s “Metamorphoses,” Virgil's "Aeneid," "Oedipus the King" by Sophocles, along with works by other writers in epic, lyric, tragedy, comedy and other forms. In the other hand Popular literature includes those writings intended for the masses and those that find favor with large audiences. It can be distinguished from artistic literature in that it is designed primarily to entertain for example Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird,” J.D Salinger “Catcher in the Rye,” and “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen. (Britannica Online Encyclopedia & Goodreads.com). To answer the question above, do we need to separate Classical from Popular Literature? I researched about the difference and the like of the two. There are some professors who acted to research as well and study on which of the two is the best way to use on teaching their students. According to Professor Diane Penrod, using popular culture enhances the learning of their students because it allows them to put critical thinking into practice in their every day lives, not just in literary practice. She found that using popular culture is a gateway for the bored youth of to enter the realm of critical thinking. She says that students are "bored by the boundaries they assume exist in the learning process, bored by not seeing connections between learning and living in their education." Popular culture, then, becomes a learning tool to help students not only write rhetorically, but to question the world around them. The classroom becomes a forum where students learn the excitement of public debate and...
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