This edition: Continuing Vision: The Uses of Literature
Using Uncle Tom's Cabin, The Jungle, and Roots as examples, this episode shows how literature can influence social change. Critics who appear throughout the series offer personal thoughts on the importance of understanding literature. Also, writing instructors speak of the gratification that comes from writing one's story. The episode pays particular attention to two writing groups: a workshop for homeless women and Writers Club, Inc., a program for inmates in a Maryland prison. The episode ends with the words of William Faulkner's, "The Things Worth Writing About."