- After I read chapter II what is literature and does it matter? from Jonathan Culler. For me, I think the important thing is not to define the difference between literature and non-literature. I think they all work as language tools to record and express people’s thoughts so the most important aspect of this section was the Culler mentions literature “ the function in special ways because of the special attention they receive.” Culler discusses what makes readers treat literature in a special site. I think non-literature texts are easier for readers to understand and read. Whether in school or in life we learn most about non-literature texts. Universities choose non-literature texts to explain philosophy, historicity, instrumentation, and commodity. I don’t think we must choose any particular learning style. What we need is how to master knowledge and understanding more easily. I think we need to analyze when we need to use literature and when we need to use non-literature. I think just like Culler mentioned literature makes people ponder and query about certain things so I think literature is much more compelling in particular speeches and citations. Thus we can deal with both literary and non-literary work to gain information.
2. The question that stays with me as I read this chapter was, “What kind of essential to define whether it is literary or non-literary?”