Booking Through Thursday: Lit-Ra-Chur
Thursday, April 3, 2008 at 2:06PM

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When I hear the word literature, I think of the syllabus f

or my first English class in college.  To be an English major with writing concentration at Goucher (at least at that time), you had to take three required classes: English Literature-- Beowulf to Dryden, English Literature--Pope to Eliot, and Shakespeare.  As you can imagine, I learned a lot about the social context around those writers.  I was glad that I got a good foundation in reading "classic" authors. However, I felt that a lot of that reading was work.   A lot of people argue that in order to become a good writer, you have to read good writers.  To a certain extent, I agree with that argument. However, the foundational courses assume that there is only one type of "good writing." It was not until I took upper level courses that I read authors whose writing style and stories I found VERY engaging.

Since leaving the world of English majors, I have continued to read for pleasure. I have tried to make up for lost time by reading authors and works that speak to me.  I do find pleasure in some of those classics, but I feel like I am now spending a lot of my reading time (on an unconscious level) making up for lost time. 

Also, I do not really have a clear definition of literature.  This is one definition, but it does not give much clarity.

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