The Transfer of Literature Analysis into a Job
From Tim Lemire’s I’m an English Major—Now What?:
“You will be telling a story to convince and persuade someone that your organization deserves money and support” (Lemire 219).
Well, here we are reading Lemire again, so obviously my response is not going to be positive. Lemire spends all of chapter 10 criticizing the English major. He doesn’t seem to think reading literature and writing papers about it prepares anyone for a job unless they are a teacher. Certainly, there are many more practical aspects about English which should be taught. However, he then writes his little quote from above. It would seem to me that writing papers in which you have to pick a claim and support your opinion in order to convince your audience that your reasoning is valid, is pretty similar to trying to convince someone to support your organization. Granted, there is always something else we can learn to better prepare us, but he should not completely write off the English major the way it is. Reading and writing can help prepare us for other careers besides teaching.