Discovering fiction literature
Nestor's goosebump moment
Discovering universal fiction literature – Nestor’s goosebump moment
“Hello! My name is Nestor, and I am from Bahamas. My goosebump moment happened when I was sixteen years old that I discovered literature, universal fiction literature, authors like Herman Hesse, James Joyce, Rimbaud, Arthur Rimbaud, Latin Americans like Julio Cortazar, Gabriel García Márquez, and yes, it was the big difference in my life. From there on I have been learning languages, immersed in the world of arts that has really, really changed my life. When I discovered the spark of human mind in arts. So, thank you, that is been my goosebump moment”.
The importance of world literature
Universal literature comes from other cultures, languages, and ideas, but it goes beyond that. Since the beginning of writing, literature has been a very important pillar in people’s lives, especially because thanks to literature the world we knew has been changing little by little because of the denunciations that were made in some books about the society of the time.
Today, literature continues to help humanity to be sincere, complain or even fight through literature, this means that this is not only a fundamental pillar in history but also in the life of each person, as it can help us to do a lot and certainly gives us many moments of goose bumps.
The benefits of literature
To claim that literature educates and makes people better is difficult to prove, but undoubtedly the benefits of reading are countless. It has been said that it is one of the best ways to communicate with oneself, that it is a way of getting to know oneself and others.
It has also been said that books teach us to think and that thought builds free beings. But beyond these commonplaces and the pleasure that good readers get, scientists have studied the concrete effect that reading generates in people and above all, they have determined that a certain type of reading produces certain changes in the personality of readers.
Researchers assure that people who read literature have greater empathy, that is, a better capacity to understand and put themselves in other people’s shoes, as well as to perceive the world from different perspectives. The good reader of literature, consequently, becomes a more self-critical being, who in turn can better understand and question the opinions, beliefs, and attitudes of others.
But according to experts, these characteristics are only the product of deep reading, as opposed to the scattered, light, and haphazard reading that overwhelms us every day due to new technologies.
How and why was literature born?
The word literature comes from the Latin litter, a term for “letter”, common in words such as literature, which corresponded to the schoolteacher in charge of literacy. However, the notion of literature in antiquity was known as poetry or oratory, since the very beginnings of literature are, paradoxically, prior to the invention of writing.
On the other hand, the first written texts were not precisely literary. It is difficult to pinpoint when and where the first forms of literature in history emerged. However, it is known that the first formal tradition was the epic, which fulfilled foundational roles and contained not only military deeds, but also the cosmological and religious visions of its peoples.
From then on, literature continued a march of constant innovation and renewal, hand in hand with the philosophical currents that prevailed from then on. Thus, there was a literature of the Enlightenment, a literature of Romanticism, and finally a post-Romanticism that, in the mid-19th and early 20th centuries, inaugurated modern literature.
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