What value does studying non-Lit texts add to your study of the Lit text? Give an example or examples in your ELP of times that your study of non-Lit texts has benefited your study of your Lit text
I think lit texts tend to be extremely implicit in conveying its message to the readers, as they tend to be a long book or play which requires a long period of time to complete the book and fully understand all the implicit messages, whereas non-lit texts are commonly exposed to readers on social media or online websites, meaning that most readers will not be bothered to spend more than 2 minutes on reading the text. This causes non-lit texts to be relatively explicit and easier to understand, hence the message being carried is lighter than lit texts which convey quite heavy and meaningful messages that are difficult to fully understand without strong background knowledge. Therefore, I believe that non-lit texts act as a bridge that connects the people who aren’t interested in such topic with the world of literature that delivers essential knowledge/messages that human needs for the development of the society.
Personally, I was never interested thus did not have any idea how bad islamophobia could be in a country like UK, so I did not really enjoy reading the book “Home Fire” which deals with all these issues regarding ISIS. However, once I have explored many non-lit texts regarding the same topic and had more background knowledge on this topic, I was fascinated and actually enjoyed it a lot when I was re-reading the book for my assessment. As such, non-lit texts help develop the public’s interest in a serious global issue in a somewhat light way, which urges them to explore further using literary texts.