Discussion 2 – Literature: Its Nature and Function
Read Langston Hughes’s “Salvation.” Compose a short essay of about 350-450 words, in which you consider this unit’s focus on the nature and function of literary texts.
How might you explain what literary texts are and how they function? What makes them “literary” and distinguishes them from non-literary texts? Using textual evidence from Hughes’s “Salvation”, explain the features of a literary text. Be sure to also include unit concepts (like Griffith) and cite secondary sources appropriately. You will be graded for how well you incorporate theory and apply to Hughes’ text in explaining how we might understand the nature of literary texts.