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    English literature

    hi everybody
    this is my first participation here
    please, I want you to give me some advice
    I'm looking forward to studying English literature but i don't know where and how to start
    what are the basic principles when it comes to studying English literature
    and thank you so much in advance

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    Re: English literature

    First and foremost, literature should be a pleasure. Start with short pieces before attempting huge novels. As the language has changed a lot, it is probably a lot easier to start with modern writers- native speakers need a lot of footnotes to help them through Shakespeare.

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    Re: English literature

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    First and foremost, literature should be a pleasure. Start with short pieces before attempting huge novels. As the language has changed a lot, it is probably a lot easier to start with modern writers- native speakers need a lot of footnotes to help them through Shakespeare.


    That is true, English has changed a lot, I once tried to read some picecs of writing from old English, I felt like I was reading a complete different language.Anyways, thank you so much for the tips.

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    Re: English literature

    I also favour a reverse-chronological order, and have long arranged my classes like that: present time first, then move backwards in time to the earlier works, ending up with Fielding, Shakespeare, Donne, Spencer, the Wakefield Master, Chaucer, Beowulf.

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