I agree; nevertheless, literature is about the written word not about audio or videos. In my opinion it’s a lowering of standards.
That’s precisely the snobbish attitude that needs to be eradicated.
Am I a snob because I don’t think that Bob Dylan should have been awarded the NPIL or because I think that it lowers the standards?
Many pundits think that Dylan’s lyrics, without the complement of music and song, are not nearly as compelling. In other words the literary standard is not as high as it should be to qualify for the Nobel literary Prize. If this is snobbism then we are all, at various separate occasions, guilty. Let’s be honest if Dan Brown (The Da Vinci Code) were awarded the NPIL we would all think that the Swedish Academy lowered its standards.
Restricting the award to writing alone isn’t a lowering of standards, it’s simply an arbitrary decision to exclude certain genres. It may be reasonable arbitrariness, but it has nothing to do with standards or quality.
Actually, I countenanced the restriction to writing alone. I thought I conveyed that quite clearly, I should have rephrased my last two sentences
I would say the opposite. We read these plays because until the twentieth century there was no way to record the other aspects of the performance. I don’t know a single Shakespeare scholar today who would teach the plays without taking performance into account. A formalist would have defined literature as works that foreground language, which does not mean that visual and aural elements are excluded from consideration. Now the formalists were full of it in many respects, but if even they have a definition expansive enough to take in song lyrics, that says something about what can be considered to be “literature.”
I disagree. A video, an audio, or a musical performance is not Literature, and it’s not defined as such in a dictionary.
And the course requirements for the intro to literature course I’m teaching next semester includes film, television,
and graphic novels as genres that can be taught..
Film and television have the Oscar and Emmy awards and a slew of other hyped-up insignificant awards. Are you suggesting that they should also be considered for the Nobel Prize for literature?
We’re moving away from the written-text-only idea
Algebra was my least favorite subject in school, but it was my favorite class because that’s where I secretly read Huckleberry Finn.
Because of a very unobservant professor I was able to sit at the back of the class with my algebra book as a prop for Twain’s great novel.
I was immediately transported as I started reading his book. I was on the Mississippi River and on the raft with Huck and Jim; it is an indelible memory.
That is the power of words as it stimulates the imagination, but without videos, audio, music or graphics, just great literature.