Literary pet peeve of 2018

Literary pet peeve of 2018

tube so let me state literally irritations or something that really stuck in my craw honestly I think I'm a very patient person it takes quite a lot to irritate me or to take me off and I think maybe I'm a bit too patient at times and so I don't ride very much I don't get annoyed angry or irritated very much so I don't think that I have like a literary irritation for this year that's not to say that everything has been perfect and kumbaya I think they have been some but it's mostly things I've been thinking about in a somewhat detached way but let's let's just okay so in the beginning of the year I was needing some Victorian literature and I felt like a potion to it that I had never felt before and that was quite alarming and I felt it was weird because as a child I loved Victorian literature from the ages of about eight to eleven I read those kind of Victorian children's classics you know with the archaic British language with this kind of British supremacy that runs through it and this romanticism of Britain you know it just felt so exotic because I grew up like next to the ocean in a very metropolitan school with people of all different cultures and backlash and backgrounds ethnicities languages so to learn about Britain was just so surprising like oh imagine it being cold all the time imagine it's snowing I got still to this day at 20 years old never seen snow so all of those things had this appear and exhort decision to it's almost to the point of idealization that I wanted to be British I wanted to live in Britain I thought maybe like maybe I should move there because of that sense of literally history and you know just that kind of exotic ism but I think there is a danger in romanticizing something simply because it's exotic there was only as I got older that I read more and more about pretend that things didn't sit well with me so now that I would but older and that I read Jane Eyre it didn't sit well with me the sense of British supremacy that she had so for example there was a child named Adele that she's looking after was a very precocious and intelligent child very I don't know very extroverted very affectionate and very loving the child is I think and so Jane said oh but she's basically uneducated because she only knows the French way in the French method and as we all know the British way is the only way and the best way and so I educated her in that way and so I've been straightening her out and I think that's so sad to rob someone of the heritage like that like if they speak French that's something to be proud of the fact that you only speak one language I mean that's something that should be turned against you she does Jane Eyre does speak French but I think it is indicative of some attitudes that still the mean today that kind of supremacy adding is dangerous I think that sense of elegance that my culture is so superior to yours is dangerous yeah okay so it is that so Victorian is sure and also there was this child that he was this children's classic that I went going up that was particularly painful I think particularly difficult to stomach because it's very different it's easy to have a sense of detachment when it's not you so there was this book where the child is quite sick her skin is quite yellowed so I assumed she had jaundice or something so they sent her to India because it didn't be sunny and so the the UV light would help with her jaundice so they said okay we'll send her to a sanatorium in India and at that time India was under British rule and it's it's so difficult to read about like no Indians or dogs are out letting on the doors that people who were treated as so subhuman at that time and it has the sense of immediacy when it's you and when I was like leading about things like racism and apartheid in history books in school I didn't believe it at first I thought how could a government get away with putting people on separate benches and demarcating the beach for goodness sake the beach that only certain of these groups allowed here and such of these groups are out there and it's just it just dawns on you every now and again the the level of what humanity can do to each other the level of oppression and the way that people can oppress and the way that we can lie to ourselves as humans it's shocking it's scary anyway not to say that I am insulting it's all in literature or saying that you shouldn't read Victorian literature like no ways I think it's more harmful to that kind of censorship is incredibly harmful I think we need to learn from the past look at the past and examine our addresses as well because people had those purchases back then but that's not to say that any of us are morally righteous or morally perfect because we have our prejudices now and maybe two hundred years from now someone will be looking at us and finding us the pulse of and you know I think that's almost a fact that people will find us the pulse of for whatever reason and whatever prejudices that we have that will not be politically correct at that time and I'm glad because I think that's the way that society advances anyway so all this to say that I am moving forward from Victorian literature I don't think it's my thing and I think I've found a lot more joy in African literature and the funny thing is like initially I looked at booktube I thought like you know it's it's quite a shame that people aren't talking about African literature that we don't have Africans speaking about things like that because I think ultimately it's best to hear it directly from that perspective because some of the world has a very disgusting perspective towards Africa and it's not any of you because if you're watching this I'm probably preaching to the converted but this is this perception that oh let's hoop in and save Africa from itself and I think that's so dangerous that Rob's african people of agency that's yeah I don't know it's a very Eurocentric perspective it's a very elegant perspective it's a very narrow one as well so yeah in that sense I don't think there's much African literature on booktube and I also when I was thinking about it I thought like I am South African and it's kind of scary to know that maybe I'm the first South African that a lot of you are speaking to or are meeting and that is a lot of pressure that is quite scary and to know that like Who am I to promote South Africa not sure knowing that I was very jaded and cynical towards it when I began this channel because I had not read anything that stuck with me anything that spoke to me personally but I thought that's all the more reason for me to explore it and all the movies and to prove myself wrong that South African literature I can't speak to me it can be brilliant it can be literary it can be funny it can be so many things you know so those are kind of like pet peeves that I had I guess but not really because it's a lot more layer than just a pet peeve or just an annoyance oh yeah you don't speak to me in the comments hope you can't relate I hope you can't relate to kind of idolizing that kind of culture like British culture to the point where you almost want to deny your own heritage and who you are um yeah

6 thoughts on “Literary pet peeve of 2018

  1. It's definitely so dangerous to romanticize the past! There are some older classics that I think can still be worth reading, but it's so important to look at them critically as well. The idea of cultural superiority is so dangerous, especially when it's sort of just underlying a whole novel rather than blatantly stated, if that makes sense? its insidious nature makes it even more of a threat, is what I'm trying to say.
    The only time I tried to read Jane Eyre, I DNFed it. I haven't regretted it!

  2. You know, i think you put into words a few reasons why I found myself not liking Jane Eyre. And granted, that's not the first book that has that sort of mindset of "My way is the supreme way" but I think it was one of the few books I've read where it's just so blatant. …Also to be fair, I haven't read a lot of Victorian Literature.

  3. It's probably much healthier to think about these things in a detached way rather than getting irritated about these things. Definitely an admirable path to take! 👍

    On British supremacism, I'm reading a book right now about the Rhodes Must Fall movement in Oxford (obviously inspired by one in Cape Town). I'd actually expected it to have a much narrower focus, but rather than being specifically about what Cecil Rhodes stands for (or said/did during his life) there's quite a bit more about interrogating the broader issues surrounding British colonialism and post-colonialism.

  4. We had more ice tonight. So much that my windshield wipers broke on my drive home and I couldn't see. I wish I had never seen snow.

  5. Yes Rashmika, you are the first person from South Africa that I have met, and you introduced me to South African literature. But do not feel pressured, because I do not consider you as some kind of Ambassador or Representative for your country or culture. You are just a really cool person with your own voice and experiences like the many people from around the world that I have met throughout my life. I am tired of picking up a book about Africa and most times they emphasize warfare. For experience and culture in Africa, I often turn to the music.

  6. Reading Victorian literature thirty or so years ago at school, the negative aspects were rarely addressed. I still read those books now but it is with a different perspective, one that can still appreciate them but can also recognize the problematic elements that weren't viewed as such in that period. It's great that you are exploring and discovering literature that reflects you and your life Rashmika. Talking of African literature, I just finished a great Ugandan book called Kintu- really good.

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