Sat 19 September 2020
In the Media
Digital Reading
Young Writers in the News
Books & Reading
Goings On
You are here: Home > Young Writers' Hub > Blog > Why Study English Literature?
Why Study English Literature?
Sophie Dobson considers just what made her study English Literature

For nearly two years now, I have been studying English Literature at University. While partaking in my A Levels at high school, I had a big decision to make about whether I should continue to study English or Drama to a degree level. Fortunately, I was doing well in both subjects equally and enjoyed them immensely; but what made me chose English?

Studying the written word and the complex, underlying messages created by the authors of great works of fiction has a freedom that no other subject has; your opinions and beliefs can be brought forward, with sufficient evidence from the text and secondary sources, which can be used to make credible arguments about the text. Specifics and facts can take a backseat to passion and heart. The diversity between the modules is also refreshing; as well as studying novels, poems and plays from all different eras, there are modules available that involve media and readying yourself for the workplace. This range of study material really prepares you for the world beyond higher education. For instance, if Nineteenth Century Writing is not something you particularly enjoy reading, there is always an alternative to sink your teeth into. There is a lot of essay writing usually, but the choice of questions is vast or you can create your own, with the guidance of the lecturer.

Overall, I believe taking English Literature was the best decision I have made during my education. During the two years, I have read many novels that I had wished to read yet never had the time, and also many works of literature that I had never heard of and thoroughly enjoyed. No, it is not entirely easy and does take hard work, but the outcome is extremely rewarding and fulfilling.

Sophie Dobson is a young writer based at York St John.