September 27, 2013
Our calling as Word-centered people.
For today's entry in the Friday Five interview series, we catch up with Karen Swallow Prior.
Karen Swallow Prior is Professor of English at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is the author of Booked: Literature in the Soul of Me and a contributing writer for Christianity Today.
Today we chat with Karen Swallow Prior about classic literature, literacy, and the discipline of reading.
What fostered your love and lifelong passion for classic literature?
Nature and nurture: I grew up with a mother who read prodigiously to my two brothers and me when we were young (and into our not-so-young years, too). Yet, I was the one who turned out with the great love of books, so there must be some God-given nature at work as well. My parents also provided me with a great deal of classic works of literature, so I learned to love them from an early age. By the time I met Mrs. Lovejoy in seventh grade, I was hungry for the classic works she taught as my English teacher for the next two years.
You teach at the largest Christian university in the United States. Are you finding that incoming students are more or less literate when it comes to the classics?