Literature as a Reflection of Societies’ Challenges

Svitlana Zubenko, Yuliia Sytnykova

Abstract


The article discusses the issues of the role of Literature, Art and Mass media in the COVID-19 Pandemic and Post-Pandemic Society. Having started with the analysis of the motif of the Plague and Pestilence in the world literature, we turned to the modern perception of COVID-19 in the modern “digital literature” and art. It has been proved that in the times of uncertainty and troubles people tend to turn to poetry as to the source of inspiration and stoicism, trying to draw the picture of the word after the pandemic and therefore get hope and the reference point. Nowadays, we are standing on the urge of global changes caused by COVID-19, which will influence all the areas of our lives. However, it is the first pandemic in a new “digital” era, in the time of social networking sites. For the first time in the history of humankind, every person can not only be the passive reader or observer, but to contribute and share in the Internet his own story of survival or fight which will be watched and read by millions of others. The virus gives us the sad impetus to stop and rethink our actions and values. But what conclusions will be made by a modern society? We will learn about it later.


Keywords


Literary heritage; plague; pestilence; poetry; mass media; social networking sites

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