She is only the year below me. She's between 19-21 I think. Old enough to know that the dictionary holds certain words. And no, she probably hasn't read Moby Dick, even though it is a set text and it was on the course between September and December 2011.
English Literature is quite funny in the fact that a lot of people rely on SparkNotes and Wikipedia plot summaries, even though we're graded on papers, exams and our participation in seminars based upon our knowledge of these texts. Some people think that you can just bullshit your way through Literature cos its just books
When I did that course (Early American Literature), the teacher was even pretty cool and offered a "cheaters guide" to the novel that cuts out a lot of unnecessary chapters.
This might be the answer:
"ive refused to read it haha, just picking chapters and random and watched the film. Even the lecturer said that reading certain parts made him suicidal so i think its a major no go!!!"
Sorry to clog this thread up with inane Facebook shit, but this is exactly why we have a mentoring system, to try our best to encourage students to you know, enjoy reading
and respond to the text. Rather than just watch the film. A refusal to read seems a completely backwards attitude to take towards English Lit. Just read all the set texts, you only have
do talk about 3 in the exam! (AND they can be texts you've already written on for your coursework assignments, its not exactly difficult)
Going to university this autumn - doing English Lit. Anyone got any vital pearls of wisdom they can share?
please for the love of God, do none of the above