. . . you’ll be pleased to know that in college, they do it for you!
I’m sometimes amazed and often shocked at the number of students who believe absolutely anything their professor teaches them.
In my British Lit. II course, I see this quite often. It’s disgusting. For instance, we are currently studying the Victorian Era. (Keep in mind that I took a semester-long course focusing only on Victorian Lit.) One of our poems this week is C. Rossetti’s “Goblin Market.” I’ll have to look at my Victorian notes, but I’m pretty sure it isn’t about what my professor thinks it is about. He thinks it is about men who force themselves on innocent children and two girls who have a forbidden love. I can’t tell you how angry I was when I read that.
Jai, what do you think? More importantly, how shocked do you think our favorite prof would be if he heard that interpretation? I’d like to hear his take on that one!
Worse yet, because our professor has mentioned this in the notes, several of the students read the poem with that already in their heads. So, of course they saw those images in the text. This is why I always read the texts before I find out what my professor thinks. I don’t want his ideas to influence mine. (Furthermore, he often makes me think that he believes his interpretation is the only one that is correct.)
These students are lemmings . . . literary lemmings! Grrrr!
Long story short, I’ll be glad when this semester is over because I’m tired of all of his twisted opinions about my beloved Victorians.
On the bright side, I finished The Eyre Affair. I highly recommend it! Much like Gregory Maguire, Fforde is excellent at giving the reader a new and interesting viewpoint of a well-known story. You should buy, not borrow, it today!