It’s been almost two years since my first Required Reading haul and here I am again! I found a great deal from a fellow student wanting to declutter and thought, since I’m always interested in what books other universities study, that this might be interesting to do again. The module I’ve decided on is Literature in Transition: from 1800 to the Present and I started last week which is why it’s been a bit quiet on the blog!
The ‘Realities’ texts are: Bleak House by Charles Dickens, which I already had. London Labour and the London Poor by Henry Mayhew which my mother is really excited for me to read. I know nothing about Henry Thoreau’s Walden so that’ll be fun. And Mill on the Floss by George Eliot which I’ve actually already read and absolutely adored. I love looking at the contexts within a book is written so I’m really looking forward to learning more about one of my favourite books!
‘Movements’ includes: the play Playboy of the Western World by J.M. Synge, Short Stories by Katherine Mansfield, The Good Soldier by Ford Maddox Ford which I have since found two copies I already owned on my shelves, the poems Four Quartets by T. S. Eliot, Between the Acts by Virginia Woolf and Good Morning, Midnight by Jean Rhys.
And finally ‘Futures’, which collects books published in the last 80 or so years. This includes: Under Milk Wood by Dylan Thomas, The Complete Cosmicomics by Italo Calivino, Oranges are Not the Only Fruit by Jeanette Winterson which I read on audiobook and unfortunately didn’t get along with, Season of Migration to the North by Tayib Saleh, Stuff Happens by David Hare and Unaccustomed Earth by Jhumpa Lahiri.
Have you read any of these? Anything I should be looking forward to?