Tutor profile: Emily M.
Can you briefly discuss a piece of work by a Spanish-speaking author that you found particularly interesting?
Gabriela Mistral was a Chilean poet and the first ever Latin American author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature. Her collection of poetry titled 'Desolación' was the subject of my final year Thesis for university. I explored her depiction of pain and the value and depth she saw in it. Mistral considered pain in its totality, embracing its mysteries and contradictions. In this collection she writes frequently about the pain of Christ and the pain of the Mother figure, through doing this she creates intriguing points of inquiry relating to the nature of pain and how we express this in language.
What is your favourite genre of literature?
I have enjoyed and still do enjoy reading and learning about novels, short stories, poetry and drama, and I believe that each hold within them such a vast variety that it is difficult to contain them within such limited titles. However, to choose one, in the sense of academic studying, I find poetry to be the most rewarding. It is a mode of study that is unique and that can unlock a wealth of interpretations that can be entirely personal and subjective. Through careful analysis of poetry you can unpick the short lines that are entangled and packed full of meaning to give clarity and sometimes open up new lines of question and enquiry.
Why do you think the subject of English holds so much importance for our society today?
As a graduate of English Literature, the field of English is, to me, one of the most valuable and significant that a student can study. It's possibilities and uses are boundless, in a sense of social gain as well as personal enjoyment. First of all having a good command of the English language is vital to healthy communication with those around us, particularly because of the widespread use of English as a common language globally. Secondly, we can learn such a vast amount from the literature that we read. It forces us to examine and analyse situations that we before may never have considered. More than that it allows us a degree of intimacy and insight into such events and ways of thinking that might never have been possible. Not only does it allow us to learn about history and social thought, but it can give us the opportunity to widen our own mindsets and consider that which lies outside of our own immediate surroundings.
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