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I Have a Question For You All . . .

Do you consider "Gone With The Wind" classic fiction, or just another 20th century bodice-ripper? I was completely embarrassed in a literature seminar I was taking in college, when the lecturer asked for examples of classic literature written against a backdrop of war, and I stuck my hand in the air and offered GWTW. The class snorted and laughed, and the lecturer (his name was actually Mr. Hyde!!) rolled his eyes at me and said that was hardly literature. Granted, I could have shared "War and Peace", "Vanity Fair", or "The Charterhouse of Parma", but I think GWTW could be considered a late classic. True, the writing style isn't polished, but the narrative is excellent, and the word-pictures and backgounds are given rather gracefully. And its heroine is actually an anti-heroine, as she is not the most easily-liked wench!

jmac jmac 41-45, F 3 Responses Jul 9, 2008

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Sounds like your prof's just being academic :) The whole notion of what is and is not classified as literature can probably safely be called fairly controversial. Would you classify "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" as literature? I loved the book, but probably wouldn't. But it's on an A-level English Language and Literature course in England! I think sharing views we have is more important than worrying whether or not a particular text is classified as literature or not. I'm sure we share a general enthusiasm here, and don't have to comment on or read what we don't agree with. I for one am happy to hear about "Gone with the Wind" here :)

I love anti-heroes/heroines. :D

oh, i wish i'd seen this just a moment before i wrote my own post here. to hell with that stuffy old proff. GWTW is completely classic, there is a REASON why it's been published and read so many times.<br />
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it's a sweeping epic, and yeah, it's easy to make fun of any kind of epic because in one way or another they all just repeat the same kind of story, but the descriptions and language mitchell uses flows so wonderfully, and her strong, varying feminine narritive was ahead of its time.