Relationship between History and Literature
Nothing like a good story. We know the world that we live in by the stories we’ve heard. We’ve heard about Dinosaurs, greek gods, chinese emperors, etc. But How do we know what is true and what is pure fantasy? What is the difference between leyends and facts? what’s the relationship between History and Literature?
The first way of literature was storytelling. Some books from the Bible for example, were written years after the situations supposely happened. These books were written just because they were famous leyends and stories that people passed generation from generation. These epic moments, that were so important for writters did history. They were told because they marked an important change, a way of thinking, a momentum.
When you google transcendence this is the meaning you get: Universally applicable or significant. Does that sound like history? There are a lot of ways of seeing history, but I like to see it as a line of events that are trascendent, that change the way we think, the way we act, events that change the way we live. I think that these epic moments should make us question ourselves, out society. What? Who? Where? How? Have you ever read something that made you wonder? Have you ever read a significant piece that did an echo in your mind? Have you ever read a transcendent piece?
Just like history, literature has grown with time. We have just a few clues about how these disciplines where in the past, but we’ve gradually learned more and more about them trough time. Now we have more acces about both of them. More authors, more evidence. Now we have instant translation and interpretations. Antique History and Literature are closer now than how close they were before.
History and Literature are disciplines that deal with much more than numbers. They both have to do with feelings, emotions, different ways of thinking. To understand history, you must understand the context. To truly understand literature you must “read between lines”, you must understand the context of the author. How did people live, how did people think. Reading a book without understanding the whole picture is like seeing only the peek of an iceberg, nice but not rich at all.
How an author writes reflects how people wrote in his epoch. We can see now that people love quick novels, pocket books, easy to read, light content. I think that reflects how we are always hurrying, we live in a culture that has no pauses. We are not used to take time, to wait… That is history, and therefore, that’s the literature we like. In Cervantes times, people loved gentlemans and knights and that was the main topic of El Quijote. What we have to say is the reflection of what we are.
Literature and History are both arts. That reflect who we are, how we think and both can change how we see life.