Fall 2019 Semester Reading List

Oh boy!  Another semester, another reading list!!

Course: The Global Novel

The Emigrants by W.G. Sebald
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche
The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai
Exit West by Mohsin Hamid
A Hologram for the King by Dave Eggers
Reading Lolita in Tehran by Azar Nafisi

I’m most excited about this class this semester, since many of these titles are on my actual, outside-of-class TBR.  I’ve already read Exit West, and didn’t love it so I promised myself I would re-read it someday.  I’m also very excited to read Americanah and Dave Eggers, of whom I’ve heard good things.  I normally don’t post reviews of things I read for class on here, since I usually don’t read them in their entirety, but look out for reviews of some of these titles during the next few months!

Course: Shakespeare’s Early Plays

Titus Andronicus
Richard III
Love’s Labour’s Lost

Romeo and Juliet
The Merchant of Venice
Much Ado About Nothing
Hamlet

Shakespeare and I have a love-hate relationship…  I love to see his work performed, but I’ve never enjoyed reading it.  My professor is the ultimate Shakespeare enthusiast, though, and her excitement is infectious, so perhaps that will change.  I can’t wait to carry my 4,000 page Norton around campus!

Beyond my English classes, I’m also taking a climate change class, a philosophy of art class, and Communications 101.  Wish me luck!

xx,
Hannah

14 thoughts on “Fall 2019 Semester Reading List

  1. I’ve always been the same way with Shakespeare! His works really are meant to be performed, but I’m trying to warm up to reading the plays since I obviously don’t have the opportunity to see all of them live. I hope you enjoy your classes!

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  2. I love the idea of a class devoted specifically to Shakespeare’s early works; I think it would be a great opportunity to explore his influences (e.g., how much “Richard III” resembles a Marlowe play) and to place his work in context (e.g., “Titus Andronicus” as an early modern revenge tragedy) in a way that a class devoted to his greatest hits might discourage.

    Philosophy of art sounds like a great course as well! I never got to study aesthetics in college, but I did read “Arguing About Art: Contemporary Philosophical Debates” (ed. Alex Neill and Aaron Ridley), which has some fun discussions about everything from forgeries to authentic performances to public art. Might be worth checking out if your library has it.

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    1. Yes, it’s quite interesting; at my university, Shakespeare is divided into early plays (fall semester) and late plays (spring). It’s a great way to see how his work evolved. Right now we are studying TITUS ANDRONICUS in relation to Ovid’s myth of Philomel, and it’s fascinating.

      Also, I’m really enjoying philosophy of art… I’ll be sure to check out that book, thanks for the recommendation!

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  3. The Global Novel sounds like a really interesting course – that looks like a great reading list! I don’t think Americanah is Adichie’s best but it is an excellent novel. It’s one I find myself recalling bits from even years later.

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