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Summary Of Why Literature Matters By Dana Gioia

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Reading and writing have played monumental roles in the game called my life. For as long as I can remember, I have been reading or writing, whether it was showcasing my reading skills to my grandparents when I was six, or teaching myself calligraphy when I was thirteen. English literature and all the things it encompasses has always mattered to me, and (almost always) has been a source of my happiness. According to Dana Gioia from “Why Literature Matters, ” more and more young adults are starting to feel the opposite—that reading literature is not interesting and doesn’t matter. “During the past quarter century...the interest young Americans showed in...literature…[has] diminished.” To support this claim that literature matters, Gioia…show more content…
He connects with the younger readers by listing characteristics of young adults that do or don’t read often. “The decline of literary reading foreshadows serious long-term social and economic problems. Literary readers are markedly more civically engaged than nonreaders...more likely to perform charity work, or visit a museum. On the future plans side of things, Gioia provides research that when business leaders were asked what talents they looked for in management positions, they “consistently set imagination, creativity, and higher-order thinking at the top.” All abstract ideas you can obtain from reading. Gioia also points out an address by the National Conference of State Legislatures about 15- to 26-year-olds’ civic knowledge saying, “Young people do not understand the ideals of citizenship...and their appreciation and support of American democracy is limited.” Whether or not this is true, it provokes the reader into really thinking about their position and knowledge of this subject. By making the reader feel emotions pertaining to this subject, Gioia succeeds in digging his argument further into the brain of the
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