“So, what can you do with that?”
“Ah! You want to teach then?”
“You pay… to read books?”
“Well, so long as you enjoy it I guess.”
These are actual responses from ‘human beings’ I’ve had upon telling them I study English Literature. There is, and has been for as long as I can recall, a notion that Literature is a ‘waste’ of a degree, that it won’t help you in the ‘real world’. People who hold this idea tend to all have one thing in common: they know nothing / very little about what a Literature degree entails.
As someone who does know their fair share about a Literature degree, I thought I’d share a little.