Thursday, September 22, 2011

Metaphors for the Function of Literature

Question: What are two metaphors for the functions of literature?

Answer/Quote: “Fiction is made up of mirrors and windows. The mirrors are full of settings and characters that are ‘just like us,’ while the windows take us beyond ourselves into another time, another situation, maybe even another world. If we look at the books that middle school readers choose over and over again, we’ll find that they are usually the books that combine mirrors with windows.” P. 48.

Title: “Mirrors and Windows.” Ed. Kim Ford. Voices from the Middle (May 2010), 48-49.

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