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Reading Series 2015

Welcome!

I suppose I'm beginning this series to keep track of what I've read - a feat that seems to be increasingly difficult as my capacity to appreciate the magical qualities of the Internet expands. Hence, I've added links where possible to the growing list of fiction (and non-fiction) I've read.

By all means, read on.


Contents



Others in the Series


May 2015

Flash Fiction

Tor Daily Science Fiction
Nino Cipri
  • Ecdysis - Nino Cipri (unlikely-story.com)
    (tw: mentions of domestic abuse)

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June 2015

Novels

Poetry

Short Stories

Non-Fiction

An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004) - Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle
  • Chapter 1: The beginning
  • Chapter 2: Readers and reading
  • Chapter 3: The author
  • Chapter 4: The text and the world
  • Chapter 5: The uncanny
  • Chapter 11: Creative writing
  • Chapter 12: Laughter
  • Chapter 13: The tragic
  • Chapter 14: History
  • Chapter 22: Queer
  • Chapter 26: Mutant
  • Chapter 27: The performative
  • Chapter 28: Secrets
  • Chapter 29: The postmodern
  • Chapter 30: Pleasure
Literary Theory Sexuality

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction flashesinthedark.com Every Day Fiction

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July 2015

Novels

  • The Maze Runner (trilogy)
    • The Maze Runner (2009) - James Dashner
    • The Scorch Trials (2010) - James Dashner
    • The Death Cure (2011) - James Dashner
    • The Kill Order (2012) - James Dashner
  • Divergent (trilogy)
    • Divergent (2011) - Veronica Roth
    • Insurgent (2012) - Veronica Roth
    • Allegiant (2013) - Veronica Roth
  • The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath (1963)

  • Orxy and Crake - Margaret Atwood (2003)

Novellas and Short Stories

  • The Return of the Soldier - Rebecca West
  • Writing a War Story - Edith Wharton

Non-Fiction

  • An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004) - Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle
    • Chapter 15: Me
    • Chapter 23: Suspense
    • Chapter 31: War
    • Chapter 32: The end

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction Flash Fiction Magazine Daily Science Fiction (cont.)

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August 2015

Non-Fiction

  • An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004) - Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle
    • Chapter 18: Sexual difference
    • Chapter 19: God
    • Chapter 20: Ideology
    • Chapter 21: Desire
    • Chapter 24: Racial difference
    • Chapter 25: The colony

Novels

  • Gone Girl (2012) - Gillian Flynn
  • Heart of Darkness (novella) (1899) - Joseph Conrad

Sparknotes

  • Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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September 2015

Non-Fiction

  • An Introduction to Literature, Criticism and Theory (2004) - Andrew Bennett and Nicholas Royle
    • Chapter 6: Monuments
    • Chapter 7: Narrative
    • Chapter 8: Character
    • Chapter 9: Voice
    • Chapter 10: Figures and tropes
    • Chapter 16: Ghosts
    • Chapter 17: Moving pictures

Sparknotes

Novelettes and Short Stories

Tor

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction Flash Fiction Online Flashes in the Dark Daily Science Fiction (cont.)

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October 2015

Drama

  • Everyman (15th c.) - Anonymous
  • Doctor Faustus (1604) - Christopher Marlowe

Old English

  • Atlakvida
  • Völuspá

Non-Fiction

  • The English Novel: An Introduction (2005) - Terry Eagleton
    • Chapter 1: What is a Novel?
    • Chapter 2: Daniel Defoe and Jonathan Swift
  • A History of the English Language (2013) - A.C. Baugh and Thomas Cable
    • Chapter 1: English Present and Future
    • Chapter 2: The Indo-European Family of Languages
  • Doctrine and Dramatic Structure in Everyman (Oct 1957) - Lawrence V. Ryan
  • Outline of Aristotle's Theory of Tragedy in the Poetics
  • Psychology (2012) - D. Schacter, D. Gilbert, D. Wegner (European Edition, Palgrave Macmillian)
    • Chapter 11: Cognitive Development
    • Chapter 12: Social Development

Poetry

  • The Relic - John Donne
  • Sonnet 130 - William Shakespeare
  • Annunciation - John Donne
  • Holy Sonnet 4 - John Donne
  • Holy Sonnet 7 - John Donne
  • Redemption - George Herbert
  • When I Consider How My Light Is Spent - John Milton
  • Methought I Saw My Late Espoused Saint - John Milton
  • Composed upon Westminster Bridge, September 3, 1802 - William Wordsworth
  • XLIII from Sonnets from the Portuguese - Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  • When I have fears that I may cease to be - John Keats
  • Leda and the Swan - W.B. Yeats
  • Clearances - Seamus Heaney

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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November 2015

Drama

  • Hamlet (1599-1602) - William Shakespeare - Performance available here

Novels

  • Emma (1815) - Jane Austen

Non-Fiction

Myth and the Epic
  • Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 2, 2006
    • 'Hel in Early Norse Poetry' - Christopher Abram
  • Viking and Medieval Scandinavia 3, 2007
    • 'Are the Spinning Nornir Just a Yarn?' - Karen Bek-Petersen
    • 'Kin-Slaying in the Poetic Edda: The End of the world?' - David Clark
  • JSTOR
English Language: Use and Theory
  • Burnley, J.D., 'Sources of Standardisation in Later Middle English' in Standardising English: Essays in the History of Language Change, ed. Joseph B. Trahern, Jr. (USA: The University of Tennessee Press/ Knoxville, 1989), pp. 23-41.
  • Chaika, Elaine, 'Jargons and Language Change' in Anthropological Linguistics, Vol. 22, No. 2 (Feb., 1980), pp. 77-96.
  • Kennedy, Arthur G., 'The Future of the English Language' in American Speech, Vol. 8, No. 4 (Dec., 1933), pp. 3-12.
  • Machan, Tim William, Language Anxiety: Conflict and Change in the History of English (United States: Oxford University Press Inc., New York, 2009).
  • Le Page, Robert, 'The English Language' in Caribbean Quarterly, Vol. 2, No. 2 (1951/1952), pp. 4-11.
Introduction to the Novel
  • Bree, Linda, 'Introduction' in Moll Flanders, (United States: Oxford University Press Inc., New York, 2011), pp. ix-xxvi.
  • Davis, Robert Gorham, 'The Sense of the Real in English Fiction' in Comparative Literature, Vol. 3, No. 3, A Symposium on Realism (Summer, 1951), pp. 200 -217.
  • Defoe, Daniel, Moll Flanders, ed. G.A. Starr and Linda Bree, Oxford World Classics (United States: Oxford University Press Inc., New York, 2011).
  • Eagleton, Terry, The English Novel: An Introduction (Oxford, UK: Blackwell Publishing, 2005).
  • Novak, Maximillian E., 'Defoe's Theory of Fiction' in Studies in Philology, Vol. 61, No. 4 (Oct., 1964), pp. 650-668.
  • Richetti, John, 'Introduction' in The Cambridge Companion to Daniel Defoe, pp. 1-4.
  • Watt, Ian, The Rise of the Novel: Studies in Defoe, Richardson and Fielding (Great Britain: Plimlico, 2000).

Poetry

Blank Verse: Extracts from
  • Charlotte Smith's 'Beachy Head'
  • Wordsworth's 'The Prelude'
  • Frost's 'Directive'
  • Tennyson's 'Ulysses'
  • Edward Thomas's 'Rain'
The Heroic Couplet:
  • Anne Bradstreet, 'The Author to Her Book'
  • Pope, from 'Essay on Criticism'
  • Browning, 'My Last Duchess'
  • Stevie Smith, 'Sunt Leones'
The Pastoral:
  • Marvell, 'The Garden'
  • Wordsworth, 'To My Sister'
  • Keats's 'Ode on a Grecian Urn'
  • Clampitt, 'Fog'
Metre, Rhythm, Rhyme & Imagery
  • Pope, 'Essay on Criticism'
  • Owen, 'Anthem for Doomed Youth'
  • Charlotte Smith, 'Beachy Head'
  • William Wordsworth, The Prelude
    (as excerpted in Strand/Boland)
  • Robert Browning, 'My Last Duchess'
The Stanza and the Song
  • Thomas Wyatt, 'Blame not my lute'
  • Thomas Wyatt, 'They Flee From Me'
  • Thomas Campion, 'Never love unless you can...'
  • William Blake, 'The Lamb'
  • William Blake, 'The Chimney Sweeper', (both the Innocence and the Experience songs)
  • Christina Rossetti, 'She sat and sang alway'
  • Blake, 'The Tyger'
  • Emily Dickinson, 'I Died for Beauty'
  • Charlotte Mew, 'A Quoi Bon Dire'

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction
  • *Ten Things You'll Only Get if You Were a 50's Kid - Andrew Peter Hickey
  • *The Man Who Buys Giggles - Cassandra Khaw
  • *Bones of Steel - Aria Bauer
    (tw: themes of dysphoria)
  • *In the Broken Lands - Patricia Russo
  • *Only the Dead - David G. Blake
  • *Clay Soldiers - Derrick Boden
  • Hidden Feelings - Mary E. Lowd
  • *Scenes from a Solitary Life - Brent C. Smith
    (tw: themes of exclusion and isolation)
  • Cradle - Tom Jolly
  • We'll Always have Sybaris - S. R. Algernon

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December 2015

Drama

  • The Cenci (1819) - Percy Bysshe Shelley
  • Pygmalion (1913) - George Bernard Shaw

Novels

  • Wide Sargasso Sea (1966) - Jean Rhys

Guest Lectures

  • Ghosts and Dickens - Professor Simon James (available as a podcast here)

Poetry

Pastoral Elegy:
  • John Milton, Lycidas
Open Forms (1):
  • T. S. Eliot, 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock'
  • W. B. Yeats, 'The Circus Animals' Desertion'

Non-Fiction

Introduction to Drama Introduction to Poetry
Literary Theory Psychology
  • Psychology - D. Schacter, D. Gilbert, D. Wegner, 2012 (European Edition, Palgrave Macmillian)
    • Chapter 9: Intelligence
The New Yorker (December 14, 2015)
  • The Talk of the Town
  • Comment: Guns and Terror - Amy Davidson
  • The Boards: Cold Read - Rebecca Mead
  • The Pictures: Big Chill - Anthony Lane
Other

Flash Fiction

From The Lighthouse - Issue One (x) Daily Science Fiction

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