Edmundson’s “The Ideal English Major”


Here’s another interesting “Why English?” kind of essay, “The Ideal English Major,” from the Mark Edmundson in The Chronicle of Higher Ed.

Writes Edmundson: “The English major at her best isn’t used by language; she uses it. She bends it, inflects it with irony, and lets hyperbole bloom like a firework flower when the time’s right. She knows that language isn’t there merely to represent the world but to interpret it. Language lets her say how she feels.”

Food for thought, as we in Westminster put the wheels on another academic year.

Graphic above is from here.

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