University Reading List – Masters in English.

Hey Guys,

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.Β  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.

Time Unit

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.

Space Unit

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?


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9 thoughts on “University Reading List – Masters in English.

  1. Oh I hope your Masters are going well so far? πŸ™‚ These Units seem really interesting, I hope you’ll find some great books in here and that the Time Unit won’t be too hard to get through – If it were me, I know I’d have a hard time reading these kind of books, ahah πŸ™‚
    Thank you for sharing these – it was so interesting to see what you’re studying this year. I did a degree in literature as well and it’s so much fun to see what people have to read. It’s so different as well, obviously ahah, but it’s great πŸ˜€

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  2. I’ve been waiting for this post ever since I saw you received your reading list on Twitter; I’m a super curious person! I am sad (and a tiny bit ashamed) to admit that I have not heard of a single book on this list πŸ™ˆ
    I hope you’re enjoying everything and that everything goes well, I know you can do it 🌸

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    1. Honestly Michelle I hadn’t heard of any of them either, so I was like oh no when I first saw it! I’ve heard some really good things about some of the books though so i’m excited to give them a read! Thank you for your support lovely x

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  3. I loved this post, I hope you don’t mind if I write a similar one πŸ˜›
    You have to read so much! I’m not sure if I could handle such a long list, honestly.
    I just recently ordered the books I’ll need for this semester, and for my English B2.1 class, I’ll read Small Islands (I’ll have kind of an interview about the book in january, which counts as part of my evaluation for the class) and for my contemporary English culture class, I have a long list of essays to read, as well as The French Lieutenant’s Woman and A Room of One’s Own. I’m really excited about everything in the list, but also scared I won’t have time to finish it all xD
    Good luck with your classes! πŸ˜€

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    1. Thank you Marta! I don’t mind at all, I would love to see what you have to read as well! πŸ™‚ If you’ve already done it then I have yet to see it because i’ve had to take some time from my blog πŸ™‚ But I WILL! Let me know πŸ™‚

      Good luck with all your classes as well ❀

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      1. When I first saw the list of things I had to read, I didn’t expect it to be so much trouble haha I’ve been really busy with college lately, so I don’t think I’ll write that post any time soon. Maybe in the end of the semester.
        It’s alright, take your time ❀
        But I'll let you know once I post it! Thank you : )

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  4. Aww thank you for linking to my post! You didn’t have to 😊

    Your reading list looks great! I find it interesting how focused American literature is on 9/11, it’s so important over there while it’s never even come up here in the UK (or Europe in general for that matter). Fun Home is the only book I’ve heard of from your time unit.

    The space unit looks absolutely amazing! I’ve wanted to read The Good Immigrant and Citizen for ages, and I adored Between the World and Me – it has so many important things to say, and it doesn’t just stick to the superficial aspects of racism, it digs deep and uncovers a lot of history. I’m sure you’ll love it!

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    1. That’s exciting how you know / have read a book or two on my reading list already! Definitely excited to read them all. Like you say its interesting to see American Literature’s focus on 9/11, of course were covering 9/11 in the unit but it’s going to teach us the difference in testimony and how American Authors have a different look on tragedy obviously as it is more personal. We cover a film which also covers that day from different countries around the world and how each country dealt with it or how their news interpreted tragedy.


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