Value of Literature
use of both sacred and secular
rhetoric and oratory
I think that Dr. Burton is interested in genres. I can look at a text and ask what genre is this. Is it an essay? If it’s an essay, then what would be our modern day equivalent? Blogging? As we follow the genres we can see how the times and eras develop. He is also interested in the technology that effects the writing, even down to the printing press and the page.
Literature is equipment for living. Interesting idea. Think about it.