When somebody mentions “literature,” what’s the first thing you think of? (Dickens? Tolstoy? Shakespeare?)
Do you read “literature” (however you define it) for pleasure? Or is it something that you read only when you must?
I do think of the "classics" when I hear the word literature. I'm taken back to my AP English class in high school and our dissection of books for themes and ideas etc...
I have to admit I shy away from the classics as I find them difficult to read. Probably because I'll be waiting to get out my fine tooth comb and start inspecting every little aspect of them as I had to do since 7th grade...some habits die hard. I probably should give them another chance since I'm much older now and can simply read them to enjoy the story.