"Parents have always worried when their children become English majors. What is an English major good for? In a way, the best answer has always been, wait and see — an answer that satisfies no one. And yet it is a real answer, one that reflects the versatility of thought and language that comes from studying literature. Former English majors turn up almost anywhere, in almost any career, and they nearly always bring with them a rich sense of the possibilities of language, literary and otherwise."
Many, if most academic disciplines, are devoted to the practical areas of life; the humanities, and literature, are not; that's the way it has been, until recently when pedagogues tampered with an excellent model that dates to the Renaissance.
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