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    Can you recommend any books that would be worth reading for my preparation for English at uni in September? Although I'm predicted an A* in English this year I am not very well read and now seems the perfect time to catch up on some reading. Thanks
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    wow....where to start....
    I have basically taken most of these authors off of the English uni prep list that my teacher gave me.

    Novels and short stories:
    Jane Austen
    the Bronte sisters - Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are the most well-known; perhaps read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys after Jane Eyre
    Charles Dickens
    Thomas Hardy
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    Mary Shelley (if you want to prepare for a degree in English, only bother with Frankenstein, don't read any of the others)
    Oscar Wilde
    Margaret Atwood
    F Scott Fitzgerald
    EM Forster
    James Joyce
    DH Lawrence
    Toni Morrison
    George Orwell
    Virginia Woolf
    Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber

    Poetry:
    Sylvia Plath (if you only read one poem, make it Daddy)
    Simon Armitage
    William Blake
    Geoffrey Chaucer
    TS Eliot
    Ted Hughes
    John Keats
    William Shakespeare
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    PB Shelley
    William Wordsworth

    And some drama:
    Caryl Churchill - Top Girls
    Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House
    Christopher Marlowe
    Harold Pinter
    John Webster
    Tennessee Williams
    And Oscar Wilde again

    Criticism:
    Terry Eagleton
    Harold Bloom

    This is just a starting point, I'm sure others will have more suggestions.

    BTW - if you're going to start uni in september this year, they might have sent you a reading list, or there will probably be one on your university website. Perhaps try googling '[name of university] english reading list'.
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    (Original post by flopsybunnybell)
    wow....where to start....
    I have basically taken most of these authors off of the English uni prep list that my teacher gave me.

    Novels and short stories:
    Jane Austen
    the Bronte sisters - Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre are the most well-known; perhaps read Wide Sargasso Sea by Jean Rhys after Jane Eyre
    Charles Dickens
    Thomas Hardy
    Elizabeth Gaskell
    Mary Shelley (if you want to prepare for a degree in English, only bother with Frankenstein, don't read any of the others)
    Oscar Wilde
    Margaret Atwood
    F Scott Fitzgerald
    EM Forster
    James Joyce
    DH Lawrence
    Toni Morrison
    George Orwell
    Virginia Woolf
    Angela Carter - The Bloody Chamber

    Poetry:
    Sylvia Plath (if you only read one poem, make it Daddy)
    Simon Armitage
    William Blake
    Geoffrey Chaucer
    TS Eliot
    Ted Hughes
    John Keats
    William Shakespeare
    Elizabeth Barrett Browning
    PB Shelley
    William Wordsworth

    And some drama:
    Caryl Churchill - Top Girls
    Henrik Ibsen - A Doll's House
    Christopher Marlowe
    Harold Pinter
    John Webster
    Tennessee Williams
    And Oscar Wilde again

    Criticism:
    Terry Eagleton
    Harold Bloom

    This is just a starting point, I'm sure others will have more suggestions.

    BTW - if you're going to start uni in september this year, they might have sent you a reading list, or there will probably be one on your university website. Perhaps try googling '[name of university] english reading list'.
    Thank you so much. I googled it and it came up with the preliminary reading list for those who started last September. Do you think it would bet the same reading this year?


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    Thank you so much. I googled it and it came up with the preliminary reading list for those who started last September. Do you think it would bet the same reading this year?
    It's unlikely that the course would have changed dramatically. There might have been a couple of tweaks to which exact texts are being studied, but you don't really have anything to loose from reading a book
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    First get an introductory text on literary theory like Eagleton's (1983). This will provide a broad overview of what literary criticism at university really entails, as well as an understanding of all those pesky ists and isms.

    After that, I would suggest some essential reading (Shakespeare, Dickens, Milton, Wordsworth, etc.); some module-specific reading (i.e. particular periods/genres/authors you will be specialising in during the course of your degree); and lastly some interdisciplinary reading that will give you a broader knowledge base (Homer, Plato, Sophocles, religious texts, etc.).

    I would leave the more challenging authors like Joyce and Faulkner until second year when you will be better equipped to understand them for their literary merit.
 
 
 
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