English literature is now – a – days one of the top sought after arts courses. Students mainly choose it because of the title of the degree BA (Hons.) English. They often make their choice seeing the word ‘English’ in the title. They are often ignorant or ignore the fact that BA (Hons. ) English isn’t about English, but it’s about English literature. The main misconception associated with BA (Hons.) English is that a person will learn to read, write and speak in English is s/he opts for BA (Hons.) English. But this is purely untrue. I’m a literature student, and I know what an English literature student gets in real to study in BA (Hons.) English. So, lemme share that with y’all.
What’s in store for the students of English Literature
- Unlimited hours of reading: As BA (Hons.) English is all about literature, so all what the students of BA (Hons.) English mainly get is to read a lot. Literature students are expected to spend many hours per day in reading fictional and non-fictional stuff. Although the students of English literature are not taught English in BA (Hons.) English, their English improves with reading.
- Novels, Texts, Poetry and Plays: If you’re thinking of opting for BA (Hons.) English, be ready to face a galore of novels, texts, poetry and plays in your syllabus. Although students of BA (Hons.) English often find the overall curriculum of BA (Hons.) English to be quite lengthy, they often end up falling in love with it.
- Bold imagery & too much graphic display: What often surprises (even shocks) the students of BA (Hons.) English when they opt for BA (Hons.) English is the bold imagery and the topics discussed in class. In an English literature class, you’ll often hear words like, ‘sex’, ‘rape’, ‘prostitution’, etc. Such words, when discussed openly, are enough to abash any recent school pass-out. But that’s the beauty of English literature. In English literature, one learns to think about things that exist but are barely discussed. BA (Hons.) English expands one’s overall mental horizon. One learns to think and question beyond all the so-called boundaries.