Today I wanted to do a post inspired by the lovely Izzi @ Ravenclaw Book Club.
The other day Izzi did a post on her University Reading List for her Second Year of University as she studies English Literature. You can find her post here.
Having studied English Literature at university myself I have always loved to see what other students are studying on their units and I actively try to find posts and videos on University Reading Haul’s quite often. I recently started my Masters in English Literature this week and after seeing Izzi’s post I decided I would love to do a post on the books which I am going to be studying this term. So I hope you don’t mind me stealing your idea Izzi!
As Masters are only taught for a year, I only have two units this term which are taught over 10 weeks. Then I do another two after Christmas then over summer I do my Dissertation. There is so much crammed into a short amount of time so it’s definitely a big step up from my undergrad but I’m sure if i’m organised and keep focused then I can do it.
There are two units which I will be doing over these next few months and they are titled Time and Space. So these units deal with a host of different aspects; my Time unit covers Memory, Trauma and Testimony and my Space unit covers; Borders, Immigration, Racism, Drug wars and notions of nation. Things like that.
These are some of the books I will be covering over the next 10 weeks, I also have required reading which are essays and films as well which I decided not to include in this post but to focus on the books instead.
As you can see this unit deals with Trauma from 9/11 and also the Holocaust which will be difficult to read about. I’m also a very emotional person as well so I’m sure all of these will really hit me but i’m excited to give them a read and to learn more about Testimony and memory.
This unit is probably the one I am most excited for. In my undergraduate degree whatever we studied I ended up going into deep context of some sort of unfairness or prejudice to a race, culture or religion. For example in my final year I did a film essay on the representation of Native Americans in film and researched into the struggles of Native Americans today and I focused on the Standing Rock Protests as well.
I’m really excited to read these books and to learn more about Borders and Immigration and everything that comes with that as well especially as this unit is very much focused on Mexico and USA borders.
I’m equally terrified and excited to have finally started my Masters. Like I mention it is definitely a lot heavier than my undergrad and there is tons of work and reading. I can do it, I’m sure. I just need to keep my motivation high.
Let me know if you have read any of these books on my reading list or if you might be interested in finding out about the films I will be studying this term as well. What’s on your university, college or school reading list?