The eight English Lit girls you’ll meet at RHUL
All my girls are getting English ~lit~
Everyone tends to think all English lit girls are the same; sensitive, emotional and misunderstood. Turns out we are but there are eight different categories of misunderstood. Chances are you can spot an English lit girl from ten feet away – wearing a roll-neck, beret and mum jeans (oh sorry, 'mom jeans'). But if we analyse the stereotype a bit more as these pedantic English girls like to do, we can see there is a bit more to the emotional poet after all. Chances are you know one of these girls, and if you don't know her, bad news – you probably are her!
The Medieval Girl
She's good at deciphering illegible handwriting, finds any excuse to complain about the ending of Game of Thrones and thinks dragons are cute. This girl justifies the sesh every weekend because in medieval England drinking is a sign of valour. She loves Led Zeppelin, has a beard kink, and Lord of the Rings > Harry Potter, obviously.
The Renaissance Girl
She loves Greek mythology. She’s so sophisticated but has the dirtiest mind – she talks about the sword of Damocles and makes a sex joke in the same sentence. She won’t stop talking about how death is inevitable
and probably wants a ‘memento mori’ tattoo. This gal loves revenge and she keeps telling you that Shakespeare is gay without any context? She has her zodiac sign in her bio. (She is such a Scorpio).
The Victorian Girl
This girl loves the Royal Family but is jealous of Meghan Markle because she really deserved to marry Prince Harry. She has really nice handwriting
and considers Jane Austen to be her bestie. This girl thinks that every time it rains ‘its pathetic fallacy’. She's attracted to red flags because of the Byronic hero and weirdly she has a crush on Frankenstein’s monster. (They don't see how gentle he really is).
The Postcolonial Girl
This girl definitely votes Labour. She slays the twitter trolls like she slays her essays and is constantly retweeting Jameela Jamil. She's low-key embarrassed to be a part of a British institution because of the evils of the British Empire and will make the seminar leader feel ashamed too. She hates the Royal Family (duh). She gets away with noting only ‘orientalism’ in her footnote of every essay. Salman Rushdie is bae.
The Gothic Girl
All-black aesthetic, she has ‘witch’ in her Instagram bio and she probably has a cat. She thinks buildings look better when they’re decrepit and crumbling and claims she’s seen ghosts. She has really vivid, messed up nightmares and thinks love is only good when its unrequited or one of you is dying.
The Children's Lit Girl
This girls asks you your Hogwarts house before they ask you your name. She refuses to watch horror films but loves the Brothers Grimm (honestly, way more messed up). She knows the lyrics to every Disney song
and is the Mum friend of the group: 'did you guys drink enough water today?' She’s obsessed with Shrek (‘it redefined the fairy tale genre’). Her Instagram posts have cute, wholesome captions and she finds the ‘silver lining’ or moral in any negative situation.
The Poetry Girl
Roll necks and berets are her uniform. She's your classic constantly misunderstood tortured artist. Her favourite poets are Keats, Shelley and Kendrick Lamar (she's diverse). She says things that are deliberately vague to encourage you to ‘read between the lines’. She sometimes speaks in riddles and sometimes says things that are so obvious yet weirdly profound.
The Theory Girl
This girl is not even doing this degree to read novels, she's here to read essays. She's more interested in abstract thoughts than reality and often says things like ‘Are we even real? Is this a simulation?’ Every conversation is an argument. You thought Michel Foucault was her boyfriend because she talks about him all the time. She's your armchair psychiatrist, and for her, Freud is ~daddy~. She has insomnia because Nietzsche gives her existential crises at night. Any time you're having a goss about a boy she manages to get 'gender is a performance' in there somehow. She thinks love is an illusion and humans are impractical.