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January 23, 2007

What about me?

Lemire, I'm an English Major: Now What? (Intro & Ch 1) -- Jerz: EL150 (Intro to Literary Study)

English, huh? Well.
Good for you. So...
What are you going to do with that?

I really appreciate how Lemire has written this book. It's like I've sat down and am having a conversation with him. Throughout the first chapter he continues to inform us as students; however, he writes to us with respect, rather than like we are just some confused kids. As soon as I saw that we were going to be reading this book, I was really excited. I've always known what I wanted to do as an English major: teach. My dreams have never been any different, but I thought it would just be interesting to see what else I could do if I wanted to. I like Literature; I like to study and read all types of literature. I do not, though, particularly like to write. I don't mind writing, but it's not why I'm an English major. So as I read the first chapter of this book, I was a little disapointed. When he speaks of English, he speaks as though everyone went into English because they like to write. As an English Literature major, I feel as though this book isn't for me. For example, on page 4 Lemire speaks of general things an English major should be able to do; every one of them involves writing in some way, as though the only reason to study Literature is to write about it.Granted this is only the first chapter and I will admit if my opinion changes after reading further.

Posted by CheraPupi at January 23, 2007 6:34 PM


Chera, please do keep recording your thoughts about this issue. Perhaps you are already writing about this for Ex 1-1.

Posted by: Dennis G. Jerz at January 23, 2007 11:04 PM

True, English isn't just about writing. Lemire also pointed out that English is about critical thinking and analysis, something you get from studying literature. English major specializations that are very useful in the workforce, for example, the entire branch of government dedicated to interpretation of the law . . .

Posted by: Diana Geleskie at January 23, 2007 10:26 PM

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