People or stars
Regard me sadly, I disappoint them."
1. JK Rowling has just published a book for adults after the hugely successful Harry Potter series. In what ways do you think that writing for children is different to writing for adults?
2. Why do you want to read English at university?
3. Why might it be useful for an English student to read the Twilight series?
4. Why do you think an English student might be interested in the fact that Coronation Street has been running for 50 years?
5. What makes a short story different from a novel?
6. Should poetry be difficult to understand?
7. What is the difference between a reader and a critic and which do you consider yourself to be?
8. Have you read any criticism and did it change your interpretation of a text?
9. What makes a good poem?
10. If you were let loose in a library where would you go?
11. How is it determined whether a certain text should be included in the literary canon or not?
12. What is the difference between the ‘success’ of writers who achieve canonical status and those who achieve popular success?
13. Was Shakespeare a rebel?
14. Is the Bible a fictional work? Could it be called chick lit?
15. Don’t you think Hamlet is a bit long? No? Well I do.
16. Do you know who decided to put English Literature on to the school syllabus?
17. If you could make up a word, what would it be? Why?
18. Do we have the right to interpret the story of the birth of Christ as a comment on Tony Blair’s current political situation?
19. What books are bad for you?