Posted by Eva on Monday, September 14, 2015 6:00 AM
Five words you never want to hear in a comparative lit class?
"Yeah, going off of that..."
Which, when translated to normal human speak, actually means
"This in no way relates to the point you just made, but I really love to hear
myself talk." Every English major knows the scenario: The class circles up
after reading (or not reading) a beautifully crafted piece of literature, and
an intellectually-indulged twenty-something decides to hijack the discussion
with the deluded idea that they have the book completely figured out. But the
thing about great literature is that no one has managed to totally figure it
out – that's why it stands apart as a selection of work that we all keep coming
back to. Plus nothing kills an engaging class discussion quite like an
unchecked know-it-all. Whether you're the type of student who's read the book
before it was assigned, or who only highlights quotes they find on sparknotes,
these ten works of literature are worth a second (or third) read. And here's a
plus; two of them are comic books.