For my senior project, I want to explore the power literature has on social and cultural movements. I want to read important historical works and how they subsequently influenced typical social norms.
1. I’ve read several short stories, Such As Disquiet Please, Tales Of Transgression, and Nine Stories.
2. My writer’s workshop instructor will help me with this project. Because she helps me write stories regularly (that is her job, after all) and she’s already familiar with my ideas, I think it would be easy. She’s known about my interests for a long time, and to remind her of them now so suddenly seemed unnecessary because she’s always been aware of my projects.
4. Haven’t got a Facebook.
5. There are several examples of what I want to do in literature today. Ayn Rand’s “The Fountainhead” heavily impacted social movements, as well Goethe’s Faust. Obviously I don’t expect to start a social movement, but rather just explore how other people did it.
Happy you included those titles here – it helps to give us a sense of what you’re reading + what you’re inspired by.
I’m confused about how you aim to address literature + social movements through your own fiction. I understand it from an academic perspective (ie, writing about Ayn Rand in the 1960s), but am unfamiliar with works of fiction that address those themes. Are there examples of that? Or am I misunderstanding what you want to do?
I think your research could begin with reading about writing – specifically, the kind of writing/literature you’re talking about. I’m not sure who’s dealt with this, but I’m confident that there’s a large enough body of work out there.
I would like to change my question into something more specific like, “How does literature embody certain time period?” Examples of these would include Tender is the Night and On The Road.
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