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Reading Series 2016

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


January 2016

Poetry

  • The Ballad:
    • Coleridge, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner
    • Keats, La Belle Dame Sans Merci
    • Anon, Sir Patrick Spens
    • Whittier, The Changeling
    • W. S. Merwin, Ballad of John Cable
  • The Epic:
    • Paradise Lost, Book 1 - John Milton

Novels

  • Bleak House (1852-3) - Charles Dickens

Old English

  • Beowulf - trans. Seamus Heaney
  • The Battle of Maldon
  • The Wife's Lament

Non-Fiction

  • The Cambridge Companion to Charles Dickens, ed. John O. Jordan, 2001
  • The Cambridge Introduction to Charles Dickens, Jon Mee, 2010
    • 'Dickens the entertainer: People must be amuthed, pp. 1-19.
  • The Madwoman in the Attic, Gilbert + Gubar, 1979
    • Preface to the First Edition, pp. xi-xiv.
    • Introduction to the Second Edition: The Madwoman in the Academy, pp. xv-xlvi.

    • Part IV. The Spectral Selves of Charlotte Brontë
    • 10. A Dialogue of Self and Soul: Plain Jane's Progress, pp. 336-371.
  • A History of the English Language - A.C. Baugh and Thomas Cable, 2013
    • Chapter 9: The Appeal to Authority, 1650-1800
  • The Cambridge Companion to Oscar Wilde, ed. Peter Raby, 1997
  • The Cambridge Companion to the Postcolonial Novel, ed. Ato Quayson, 2015 (x)
  • Pride and Prodigies: Studies in the Monsters, Andy Orchard, 1995.
    • Psychology and Physicality: the Monsters of Beowulf, pp. 28-57.
  • Introduction to Beowulf, Edward B. Irving, 1969.
    1: The Background of Beowulf, pp. 1-36.
    • A Prologue with Choice of Scenes
    • Facts of History
    • The Germanic World
    • The Christian World
    • The Society of the Poem
    • Artifacts and Customs
    • The Inherited Style
  • Psychology - D. Schacter, D. Gilbert, D. Wegner, 2012 (European Edition, Palgrave Macmillian)
    • Chapter 14: Social Psychology, pp. 524-565.

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction
Flash Fiction Online

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February 2016

Novels

Drama

Poetry

  • Lecture 12-14: Epic
    • Paradise Lost
      Book 2 (audiobook available here - part 1 - part 2)
  • Lecture 15-6: The Elegy
    • Ivor Gurney, To His Love
    • W.H. Auden, In Memory of W.B. Yeats
  • Dylan Thomas, Do Not Go Gentle into That Good Night
  • Alfred Lord Tennyson, stanzas from In Memoriam
  • Thomas Hardy, The Voice
  • W.B. Yeats, Easter 1916
  • Seamus Heaney, Casualty
  • Thomas Gray, Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard

Non-Fiction

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

Guest Speakers

Postgraduate Presentations

Other - Media

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March 2016

Non-Fiction

Old English

Drama

Poetry

Flash Fiction

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April 2016

Novels

Non-Fiction

The Cambridge Companion to Eugene O'Neill (1998), ed. Michael Manheim
  • 14: The stature of Long Day's Journey Into Night, Michael Manheim, pp. 206-216.
The Cambridge Companion to Arthur Miller (2010), ed. Christopher Bigsby
  • 5: Death of a Salesman and the poetics of Arthur Miller, Matthew C. Roudan, pp. 63-88.
Sandra Gilbert and Susan Gubar, Madwoman in the Attic (2000), 2nd ed.
  • 10: A dialogue of self and soul: Plain Jane's Progress, pp. 336-371.
A.C. Bradley
  • Lecture 3: Shakespeare's Tragic Period - Hamlet

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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May 2016

Quick Recap

This month's been fairly busy with exams coming up at the end of the month, so I've allocated the majority of my time towards going over materials that I've previously covered. I've admittedly not kept track of the materials I read, so you might find this month's resource page a tad scantier. Having said that, I've still managed to take a couple minutes to uncover new material, branching out from my English degree to an extent. As you might also have noticed, I have come to the word-changing realisation that podcasts are beautiful.

Flash Fiction

Non-Fiction

Podcasts

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June 2016

Quick Recap

So now that exams are over, this month has consisted primarily of organising societies from the lovely vantage that executive committees provide. Hence, my June reading is a lot more varied and admittedly, a lot less based around my degree, given I've finally had the time to do some leisure reading. Having said that, however, I've also discovered the compulsion to read fiction critically, whether the text in question is on my syllabus or not.

Novels

Non-Fiction

Graphics
Criminological Perspectives: Essential Readings, 3rd ed., Eugene McLaughlin + John Muncie, 2013.
  • Chapter 2: Panopticon, or, the inspection-house, & C. (1791), Jeremy Bentham, pp. 16-22.
  • Chapter 20: Seductions and repulsions of crime (1988), Jack Katz, pp. 227-242.
Culture and Psychology

Podcasts

Comedy: No Such Thing As A Fish with the QI Elves
  • Episode 115: No Such Thing As A Hummingbird Pilot (39:46), 26 May 2016
  • Episode 116: No Such Thing As Notting Mountain (43:58), 2 June 2016
  • Episode 117: No Such Thing As Dr No Teeth (39:48), 9 June 2016
  • Episode 118: No Such Thing As Dinner On A Spider (41:09), 16 June 2016
The Infinite Monkey Cage
  • Brian and Robin's Infinite Inbox (46:47), 25 February 2016
English Literature
  • Jane Eyre (56:12), World Book Club, BBC World Service
Knowledge
  • Penicillin (46:36), In Our Time, BBC Radio 4

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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July 2016

Quick Recap

Now that the summer holidays are finally here, it's been a combination of juggling internships and getting cracking on that reading list for next year. Admittedly, I haven't had much success in getting a head start on the plays I'm studying next year, but I have gotten a little done in terms of Victorian and Modern literature, both of which I'm really looking forward to. As usual, there's Daily Science Fiction, which I've subscribed to via email, a fair bit of comedy, and a meagre selection of articles from BBC Future. On a lighter note, I've now finally added all the links on this page (after having migrated to a new domain and re-built this website from scratch), so next up will be the Reading Series 2015 page.

Novels

Podcasts

Comedy: No Such Thing As A Fish with the QI Elves
  • Episode 114: No Such Thing As A Tantrump (32:05), 19 May 2016
  • Episode 120: No Such Thing As HMS Kevin (35:01), 1 July 2016
  • Episode 121: No Such Thing As The Sword In The Carbon Fibre (33:39), 8 July 2016
Comedy: Comedy of the Week, BBC Radio 4
  • 27 June 16: John Finnemore's Souvenir Programme (Series 4, Ep 2) (28:29)

Non-Fiction

Articles

Flash Fiction


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August 2016

Quick Recap

Having been left to my own devices after my various internships earlier in the summer, August has been a fairly productive month, with a fair amount of reading accomplished in terms of my Victorian Literature, and Germanic Myth and Legend modules. I've also quite enjoyed reading Macbeth and A Midsummer Night's Dream while simultaneously listening to performances thereof. Unfortunately, I'm rather behind in terms of next year's poetry reading, and I'd also like to get through a little more critical material (and quite possibly a little more on literary theory) before term starts.

Novels

  • Villette (1853) - Charlotte Brontë
  • Adam Bede (1859) - George Eliot
  • The Mill on the Floss (1860) - George Eliot

Germanic Myth and Legend

  • The Saga of the Volsung,
    trans. and ed. by Jesse L. Byock
  • 'Gylfaginning', Edda - Snorri Sturluson,
    trans. and intro. by Anthony Faulkes

Drama

Podcasts

Comedy: No Such Thing As A Fish with the QI Elves

Non-Fiction

Germanic Myth and Legend Articles

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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September 2016

Quick Recap

Having spent most of this month travelling and settling into my new home, I've admittedly read a little less than I'd have liked to. It's mostly been finishing off novels I'd already started with a bit of Shakespeare thrown in and spending time with family.

Novels

  • The Secret Agent (1907) - Joseph Conrad
  • Howards End (1910) - E. M. Forster
  • Dark Matter (2016) - Blake Crouch

Drama

  • Richard II (1595) - Shakespeare -
    Performance available here
  • Henry IV (part 1) (1597) - Shakespeare -
    Performance available here

Podcasts

Comedy: No Such Thing As A Fish with the QI Elves

Non-Fiction

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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October 2016

Quick Recap

With term starting this month, my life has been a whirlwind of sorting society things, organising respective fresher's fair stalls, and participating vigorously in tutorials. In particular, I'm really enjoying my new module, the Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism - it's intriguing to tap into an immense body of theoretical, often interdisciplinary, history.

Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism

Criticism, Canon and Value Formalism Structuralism

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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November 2016

Quick Recap

Now that Michaelmas term is in full swing, I've decided to get an early start on my formative essays. Do excuse the mass of texts I've copied in from my bibliographies.

Theory and Practice of Literary Criticism

Language and Structuralism Criticism, Canon and Value

Literature of the Modern Period

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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December 2016

Quick Recap

With the end of term nearing, formative deadlines started piling up, hence the large chunks of bibliographies I've pulled into my list. Long plane journeys back home account for the podcast marathon, and over Christmas, I started on my reading for next term.

Drama

Documentaries

Podcasts

No Such Thing As A Fish

Shakespeare

American Poetry

Victorian Literature

Flash Fiction

Daily Science Fiction

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