Not getting on as well as I hoped! I've read Foe, Robinson Crusoe, Oroonoko and most of Pamela, a few poems and a couple of Shakespeare plays. Still have a loooooooot to get through, eeek!
Does anyone know how many tutorial/lecture hours we'll have a week?
Don't worry, I'm pretty sure I'm the only STUDENT doing both English and Italian.
I've been talking to various Uni friends of mine, and the Edition thing is apparantly really important. They wouldn't ask otherwise and this is why:
According to a random mate of mine - writing a University essay is an art. If you ever wrote a Bibliography for a piece of coursework, you'll know a little bit about it. It's all about referencing. Each department will have its own style of referencing but in literature it is likely to be that at the end of every essay you must have a reference list. In this you must have page numbers and line references for every quotation you take from every book, and you will be marked down if your reference is wrong because the people marking your essays will have the correct edition in front of them to check.
I really hope that this isn't the exact case but you can see the problem if it is, a different typeset in a different edition might mean that the same quotation is on a different page, or when a book has been revised the line may not exist at all.
I bought the wrong edition of A justified sinner, and now I'm worried.
Well that's what I was wondering. We've been told to get this: M.H. Abrams, A Glossary of Literary Terms, 6th edition (Holt, Rinehart and Winston paperback), but I can only find the eighth and seventh editions. If the eighth is available do we still have to try and find the sixth edition? Seems odd that we need to use an older version because the examiners haven't bothered updating their copies!
I have found for you another English and Creative Writing Student in, er, me...I also thought I was the only out there. Do we have any kind of reading lists for it?!
I have just brought the books for the two english modules we have to take, I'm not aware of any books we have been told to read for the creative writing half...
Oh I'm loving reading through all these posts. Don't stress your little selves about doing all the reading, defs leave Term 2 til Term 2 and HAVE FUN!! If you've read Pamela, you're a better student than me, and they're letting me come back!!!
Direct your english related questions in my general directions and let me see if I can help!!
A few tips to help you on your way:
Judith Hawley rocks. Period. Inventing the Novel Term 1 is *the* best reason to get out of bed. Also if you're lucky enough to have Kieran Ryan for your Shakespeare...the man is a god. Who also happens to bear more than a passing resemblance to Fat Tony from The Simpsons, but a dude nonetheless. Him and Judith used to make my Fridays.
*sigh* those were the days. When all you had to do was pass at the end of the year and nothing really mattered. I'm impressed they've got the timetables online, am about to investigate what mine looks like.
Enjoy. Oh, and Critical Practice... HAHA!!!
Ok so i said i would read my term term novels on holiday...opps. Turns out Pamela was a bit of a struggle and made me easily distracted by cousins, walks up mountains, bike rides and badmington.
It will be a busy reading week !
ps. How many editions does amazon have of any of the shakespeare stuff ?!?!?! And why to RHUL recommend the most expensive edition which they know i wont be buying :P
I need to do Joseph and Shamela anddddddd Pamela, all the poems and the shakespeares. Eek!