15 Struggles Everyone Who Studies English & American Literatures at University Will Recognise
Yes, there is a difference between the two.
1. Constantly being asked which one’s your favourite.
That’s not…how this works.
2. And facing the issue of people assuming that you’ve read every English and American book going.
3. Or that you’re going into teaching after university.
Why do people forget that there are so many other things you could do with your degree?
4. And then asking why you did it if you say no.
Because I’m interested in it?
5. Feeling as though you’ll never manage to finish your reading on time.
6. And the rage whenever someone assumes that your course is easier than English Literature on its own.
7. Often having to actually explain the difference between English and American lit.
Surely the differences between the two are obvious?
8. The edition of the book you need is usually the most expensive one on Amazon.
You’re paying for a name and you know it.
9. Not being able to dedicate more time to reading for pleasure.
Your paperback collection just stares back at you from your shelf, longing to be touched.
10. Forever being asked if you’re going to move to the USA.
There’s more to your degree than ‘being ‘obsessed with America.’
11. The pain of doing all the reading and the lecturer never mentioning it.
Basically paying for your time to be wasted, in a sense.
12. And of accepting that books go from prized possessions to annotated messes.
You’ve ruined a perfectly good book in the name of studying.
13. When the Americans you meet on study abroad know so little about the UK.
You know everything about their culture, but they don’t know as much as you’d think about yours.