“While scholars have often looked at the conditions which shape literature, they have also believed that it transcends those conditions. Great art speaks beyond its time and place, and, what is more, it speaks to everybody. Defying details of history and context, gender, ethnicity, or creed, it embodies quintessential truths. Literature is universal because it speaks to a common, shared humanity”
-Rita Felski (Literature After Feminism)
I wish I had come up with this one.