Word of the Day: Didascalic

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(adj.); intended to teach; related to teaching or education

“How did it come to be … that ‘those of us for whom English is a line of work are also called upon to love literature and ensue that others do so, too’?”

–Dora Zhang, “Love, Loot, and Lit.”

“We don’t expect,” writes Dora Zhang, “a molecular biologist to love bacteria in the way we expect an English professor to love Jane Austen.” It’s a valid point: when we talk about literature, it’s usually with undertones of awe, adoration and admiration for the craft of the writing, the words themselves. But what happens when our love for literature must be applied practically—scientifically, even—as either student or teacher? What happens when we are told how to read, interpret, and discuss a book? Join Zhang in a discussion of these ideas in her recent article for The Chronicle.


Sara Menuck is currently pursuing BA in English & Professional Writing at York University, Toronto, without being very professional at all. Having interned with a variety of small press publications, she currently works as a prose reader for The Winter Tangerine Review, a department editorial assistant, and, in her free time, a teacher of music to very small, adorable children. More from this author →