I have to hold my hand up here. This blog post is more about connecting than reconnecting, which would not be so bad had I not been the one who suggested “Reconnecting” after Lesley proposed “Connections.”
I had in mind the way we are tentatively reconnecting as covid restrictions are eased. But, quite soon into my search for interesting literature on the theme, I came across something so interesting that I wanted to share it.
It is different to our usual posts because it is a Ted Talk (a free educational video). I am not going to say much about it but, instead, urge you to watch the video. However, I will say that it presents hard scientific evidence that Jane Austen is good for you. Which is enough reason to promote it in itself.
Beth Ann Fennelley is the poet laureate of Mississippi and a self-proclaimed “evangelist for literature.” In her talk she presents evidence that literature fosters empathy and can counter racism.
If you prefer to read than watch the video, the gist of Fennelley’s argument is here: https://ideas.ted.com/how-literature-yes-literature-can-help-you-better-connect-with-others/