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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:
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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?



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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