what does it mean to study english literature in india?do you learn any skill at all in this course of study?what does it mean to study english literature in india?do you learn any skill at all in...

what does it mean to study english literature in india?do you learn any skill at all in this course of study?

what does it mean to study english literature in india?do you learn any skill at all in this course of study?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

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Well, no matter what country you hail from, I think it's advantageous to learn the beautiful literature from other countries.  I live in the United States, have taught high school for many years, ... and will admit all of our language curriculums place a high value on World Literature.  Students usually spend their first 13 years learning the basics of our own language (nouns, verbs, and how they are put together well).  By high school, students usually have one year of introduction to Literature, one year of American Literature, one year of British Literature, and one year of World Literature.  Now, I suppose one could argue that it's not fair for England to get a whole year while India would get a month.  A fair argument.  I guess the other side of the story is that it is the knowledge of the best of British Literature (all of the plays of Shakespeare and even the novels of Dickens and Bronte) is imperative to being considered "well educated" in the subject of Literature.  They've just got the knack over there in London.

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