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Sep. 5th, 2005

Sigh. So, despite not having studied English at university (a concept which didn't seem to be an option in the quiz answers), which may have reduced my ability to identify lines of 18th century poetry (but not Paradise Lost, the first book of which has apparently been stuck in my head since 1993, if my residual ability to identify any line from it is any indication)

Well-Read Indeed!
Take that, Mrs. McGreevey!
You scored 150 of 290!
Wow! OK, some of those were really tricky--but you made it through! Not only would you pass most lit courses, you probably thought about being an English major. Actually, with those numbers, you might be a grad student! Have you given any thought to a PhD? You know they confer omniscience with those, right?

Then on the margin of the world I sit and think
'til Love and Fame to nothingness do shrink.



My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:
free online datingfree online dating
You scored higher than 81% on litpoints
Link: The Ye Olde Brit Lit Test written by pratfall on Ok Cupid


It was news to me that Swift and Joyce now count as "British" literature. I mean, for fuck's sake. Dubliners is an option on one of the questions. How many times do we have to tell people that Dublin isn't actually in Britain?

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jdawgspi
Sep. 5th, 2005 01:03 am (UTC)
I thought the same think about Joyce.
But oh wel, you can't trust those things.
Hi, Jamie here, I just added you, from F-list of alltheleaves. : )
ladyxoc
Sep. 5th, 2005 01:04 am (UTC)
You'd think with all those damn Faux Celts running around, they'd get that shit straight.
stellanova
Sep. 5th, 2005 08:50 am (UTC)
I know! They're never there when they could actually do some good.
kylegirl
Sep. 5th, 2005 01:30 am (UTC)
When I was in high school I remember the teacher for my high school "British" literature course saying that really it ought to be called "Literature of the UK and Ireland" but it had always been called Brit Lit and Brit Lit it would remain. I don't know.
pisica
Sep. 5th, 2005 07:43 am (UTC)
After I did my JYA in Cork I got rather militant about that. I even mentioned it when I was coming through London and had to write a British address on the landing card and I said I didn't have one and they said just write my Irish one...no, I didn't squabble, I'm not *stupid*.
glitterboy1
Sep. 5th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
Yeah, it's a pretty flexible definition of 'British'. Kind of 'in English, but not written here in the USA'.

So what did you do at University? (Sorry if I should know that already!)
stellanova
Sep. 5th, 2005 08:49 am (UTC)
I did German and History of Art - the former subject is how I met glitzfrau! I "majored" in German - in Trinity two-subject-moderatorship arts degrees you do two subjects for three years and then just one for fourth year (or "senior sophister", if you're being fancy).
glitterboy1
Sep. 5th, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
Oh, I see! Thank you - it's nice to have blanks filled in like that.

I dropped German at 18, to focus on Romance languages, but I had a series of Austrian and German friends at college, so I ended up keeping the German going anyway. Actually, the undergraduate course being what it was at the time, I probably spoke more German than I did any of the languages I was supposedly studying...
cangetmad
Sep. 5th, 2005 09:27 am (UTC)
I got about 131, proving to everybody that I am exactly as illiterate and maleducated as I always say I am. Yet I got exactly the same writeup as everyone else!
glitzfrau
Sep. 5th, 2005 09:43 am (UTC)
Well-Read Indeed!
Take that, Mrs. McGreevey!
You scored 215 of 290!
Wow! OK, some of those were really tricky--but you made it through! Not only would you pass most lit courses, you probably thought about being an English major. Actually, with those numbers, you might be a grad student! Have you given any thought to a PhD? You know they confer omniscience with those, right?


Then on the margin of the world I sit and think
'til Love and Fame to nothingness do shrink.




My test tracked 1 variable How you compared to other people your age and gender:


free online dating free online dating
You scored higher than 96% on litpoints
Link: The Ye Olde Brit Lit Test written by pratfall on Ok Cupid


*Phew*

If it hadn't said I should be a grad student, I would have dropped out forthwith, of course!
biascut
Sep. 5th, 2005 02:26 pm (UTC)
I refuse to take that test on the grounds that I did do English for my degree, and yet I suspect that you will all do better than me.

"British lit" is such an odd term, and not one I've ever heard used in England. I'm trying to work out whether that's just the English tendency to absorb Scotland and Ireland into England, or whether "English literature" usually just means literature written in English and the category is only geographically bounded when it's marked as such: American literature, or Scottish literature. Up until the late 1700s though, I think that literature in English is overwhelmingly still literature written in England or elsewhere in the world by people who still consider themselves English. I don't know when English establishes itself as a literary language for people who don't identify with English nationality. Is Swift writing within what is already a recognisably Irish literary tradition in English, or whether he's writing much more in the context of a London literary scene?
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