What Kinds of Literary Texts Are There?

Classic literary writings include “Don Quixote” by Cervantes, the English classic “Beowulf,” “The Grapes of Wrath” by John Steinbeck, “Jane Eyre” by Charlotte Bronte, and “To the Lighthouse” by Virginia Woolf. These works stand out for their artistic brilliance, as well as their enduring cultural and aesthetic importance. There are many different literary traditions around the world, each with their own unique artistic ideals and basic works, even though these works are regarded fundamental literary works in Western culture.

The Chinua Achebe novel “Things Fall Apart” is revered as a classic in Ghana and Nigeria. The book, which depicts pre- and post-colonial life in the region and follows several generations of males of the Nigerian Umuofia tribe, is extensively taught in Nigerian and Ghanaian classrooms.

The novel is a relatively young literary form in Iran, and its study is still not very common. Poetry is a literary genre that is far more basic than the narrative. Iranian schools teach poetry by authors including the Persian poets Hafiz, Sa’Addi, Ferdowsi, Rumi, and Khayyam to their students. Iran has a long history of notable and productive poets.

The novels “War and Peace” by Leo Tolstoy, “Pride and Prejudice” by Jane Austen, “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” by Mark Twain, and “The Stranger” by Albert Camus are among other literary works that are frequently taught in American classrooms. Literary texts include include “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, “The Golden Notebook” by Doris Lessing, “The Sound of the Mountain” by Yasunari Kawabata, and “Beloved” by Toni Morrison.

Literary texts and informational literature, which are meant to inform rather than entertain, are in contrast, American pupils are taught. As part of the Common Core State Standards, informational materials such as scientific summaries and history books are being emphasised more and more in public school curricula. The notion that literary texts have lower instructional value than informative ones has thus been contested by many parents.


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