Is Literature Therapeutic?
I like The Literary Book Blog Hop a lot. Only a small percent of book bloggers post on classics or literature from outside the popular main stream. The Literary Book Blog Hop helps us find each other.
Every week the blog hosts propose an interesting question for us-here is this week's question:
Discuss Bibliotherapy. Do you believe literature can be a viable form of therapy? Is literary writing more or less therapeutic than pop lit or nonfiction?
My answer is well yes for us it may be. If this question slightly altered were posed on a hop for skate boarders they would say skate boarding is their therapy, the same for flower growers, lovers of French food and so on. One of the best forms of therapy is doing something you love that has nothing to do with what ever is troubling you. Sometimes if I feel a bit sad I just like to
sit with my cats.
But in defense of literature, the best way to escape from a mental trap or fantasy that has gotten a hold of us is through an attachment to something outside of us. It seems more likely that great literature can do that than pop fiction. In order for this to work for us I think we have to prepare ourselves for times of troubles by stocking our minds with the best there is in our culture. Read and understand enough great literature and maybe you will not need therapy. Just a thought.
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