Dr. Karen Swallow Prior on The Importance of Literary Fiction

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On this episode of Anchored, Jeremy is joined by Dr. Karen Swallow Prior, a Research Professor of English and Christianity and Culture at Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Dr. Prior discusses her love for 18th century British literature, the earliest beginnings of fiction, and the role fiction played in the 18th century. She highlights the difference between novel writing and literary fiction, explaining that literary fiction recreates an experience through words, and offers an understanding of our own lives. Dr. Prior also discusses how the decline in novel writing can be attributed to the disbelief in originality and individualism.

Guest: Karen Swallow Prior