But second year is over! And I’m already neck deep in exciting research for my dissertation!
Did you know that there are a whole heap of video games based entirely on the work of H.P. Lovecraft? You know, aside from the fact that nearly all horror FPSs rely so heavily on his ideas that it’s almost laughable… Anyway, I did know a few, but now I’ve found a list of all of them by accident! So the number of games I have to play through and make notes on over the Summer has rocketed and I couldn’t be happier!
Excitable post over, but this is so very interesting… Must read through ‘Pickman’s Model’ before my next blog… But for now, the modules I have chosen for next year should make for some interesting reading. Science Fiction and Gothic Romanticism are my choices and the two core modules for third year are Victorian Literature and Modernism.
All the excitement of another year of studies and none of the workload! Who doesn’t love Summer?
Or not. Today I decided what modules to take next year, which is always a frustrating process… However, here’s what I settled on;
Victorian Literature (compulsory, and self-explanatory)
Make it New (compulsory, focusing on modernism in texts)
Science Fiction (self explanatory but looks really interesting, and I won’t have to buy any books because they’re all on the shelf I posted a picture of!)
Gothic Romanticism (focusing on the start of the Gothic as we know it today, with a fantastic reading list)
Other than that you’ve seen my dissertation plans (so much fun still) and Victorian Gothicism looked fascinating but unfortunately clashes with the Romantic kind of Gothic. Which is a real shame since the reading list includes The Picture of Dorian Gray and Jekyll and Hyde!
Anyway, lots too look forward to and little to lament… Read over Easter. Read lots.
It’s reading week, so curl up somewhere warm and get going!
Reading week is perhaps the most under-appreciated of bones that English students are thrown. Traditionally students will glance at the work that they have to do in the next few months, refuse to consider how many books this will require them to read and spend the first reading week of the year recovering from Halloween hangovers.
I, however, shall glance at the work I have to do in the next few months, run a quick calculation of how many books this will require, decide I can do it in a few days and read much more interesting books. Most of the books in this picture are extremely good, so consider this a recommended list! Except Stephen Donaldson, he’s rubbish.
We’re all a bad example though, and will probably all justly fail. On the other hand… Julian May is more to my taste than Shakespeare. Also, reading things not related to the course will make you a well rounded person and keep you sane (ish, this is a Literature course after all).
Next time, a look at the best thing about an English degree at Edge Hill Uni! Are you excited? You should be.