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    Indulged in a Selected Ezra Pound despite student impoverishment today. Felt guilty but also not at the same time
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    (Original post by Plainview)
    Indulged in a Selected Ezra Pound despite student impoverishment today. Felt guilty but also not at the same time
    I always feel like this when I buy books but then in the end think that at least it's not cocaine I'm indulging. Carry on.

    What's everyone reading?
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    (Original post by Mr Porter)
    I always feel like this when I buy books but then in the end think that at least it's not cocaine I'm indulging. Carry on.

    What's everyone reading?
    To be sure.

    Have to read Middlemarch for an essay at the moment unfortunately. Eliot is quite interesting as a person but I find her writing too instructive, and sometimes condescending. Also got some C S Lewis on the go though.
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    Reading The Picture of Dorian Gray I like it very much, and the wit is brilliant. Though there are a lot of passages that could just be replaced with GAY GAY GAY GAY GAY
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    (Original post by Plainview)
    To be sure.

    Have to read Middlemarch for an essay at the moment unfortunately. Eliot is quite interesting as a person but I find her writing too instructive, and sometimes condescending. Also got some C S Lewis on the go though.
    I must admit that I've never managed to get through Middlemarch; it keeps staring at me from across my bedside table and tutting.

    What's English Literature like at Oxford, if I may ask?
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    (Original post by Mr Porter)
    I must admit that I've never managed to get through Middlemarch; it keeps staring at me from across my bedside table and tutting.

    What's English Literature like at Oxford, if I may ask?
    I wouldn't bother. Try Silas Marner instead.

    Very busy but very interesting, for the most part.
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    (Original post by Plainview)
    I wouldn't bother. Try Silas Marner instead.

    Very busy but very interesting, for the most part.
    Are there any particularly interesting texts you've studied so far, or is it a more canon heavy approach? See, I normally study medicine but this year I'm intercalating in Medicine in Literature, so for me everything is quasi-new, with regards to the study of literature.
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    (Original post by Mr Porter)
    Are there any particularly interesting texts you've studied so far, or is it a more canon heavy approach? See, I normally study medicine but this year I'm intercalating in Medicine in Literature, so for me everything is quasi-new, with regards to the study of literature.
    Well its mostly typical classic stuff but I tend to like a lot of that. I particularly enjoyed the Joseph Conrad I had to read over Christmas.
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    (Original post by Mr Porter)
    Are there any particularly interesting texts you've studied so far, or is it a more canon heavy approach? See, I normally study medicine but this year I'm intercalating in Medicine in Literature, so for me everything is quasi-new, with regards to the study of literature.
    That intercalation sounds interesting - what does it involve? What sort of literature do you look at?
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    (Original post by Angury)
    That intercalation sounds interesting - what does it involve? What sort of literature do you look at?
    You join the 3rd year English Literature course and take one course each semester: 'Illness Narratives' and 'Ethics in Medicine'. We read a wide range of literature throughout different historical times, applying literary theory (body, trauma, narrative theory mostly) into the texts we read. You'd be surprised how relevant and permeating medicine is within literature; medical humanities definitely being a hot area of research and interest at the moment.

    The first semester started with Herakles and Oedipus Rex, then we moved onto some Chaucer before tackling Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus and Antony & Cleopatra. Other lit included Gaskell's Ruth, Romantic poetry (and TB), WWI poetry (and disability), The Bell Jar and finally we finished with plays by Sarah Kane.

    Currently in the second semester my reading list comprises of: The Metamorphosis, The Plague, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, Cancer Ward, The Passion of New Eve, Poor Things, Trumpet, Never Let Me Go and The Stone Gods.

    On top of that we are allowed to take another course in one semester that can be anything as well as, in the other semester, two 'theory' courses that every English Lit student takes. There's also a dissertation that we have to write on which I'm currently massively behind on but hey ho.
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    (Original post by Plainview)
    To be sure.

    Have to read Middlemarch for an essay at the moment unfortunately. Eliot is quite interesting as a person but I find her writing too instructive, and sometimes condescending. Also got some C S Lewis on the go though.
    Which CS Lewis? Everyone reads Narnia but I've noted he has some other stuff.
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    (Original post by KatrinaMay)
    Which CS Lewis? Everyone reads Narnia but I've noted he has some other stuff.
    Miracles. Christian apologetics. I find that I need non-fiction to relax after intense study of fiction.
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    demonata is still my fave book series
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    (Original post by Plainview)
    Miracles. Christian apologetics. I find that I need non-fiction to relax after intense study of fiction.
    surely you're joking mr feyman
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    Enjoying studying T S Eliot at the moment. Quite an interesting guy.
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    (Original post by flou_fboco2)
    demonata is still my fave book series
    This brings back memories - my friends thought I was quite weird though. Have you read The Saga of Darren Shan?
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    (Original post by Angury)
    This brings back memories - my friends thought I was quite weird though. Have you read The Saga of Darren Shan?
    yes! not larten crepsley though (not yet at least :ninjagirl:)
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    (Original post by flou_fboco2)
    yes! not larten crepsley though (not yet at least :ninjagirl:)
    Ah yes, I was about half way through that saga. I'd just started reading "Palace of the Damned" then misplaced the book somewhere and forgot about it. Going to buy it on my kindle now.

    I was a big fan of Larten Crepsley. Have you seen the film based on The Darren Shan Series? It didn't seem to get very many positive reviews but I actually enjoyed it.
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    (Original post by Angury)
    Ah yes, I was about half way through that saga. I'd just started reading "Palace of the Damned" then misplaced the book somewhere and forgot about it. Going to buy it on my kindle now.

    I was a big fan of Larten Crepsley. Have you seen the film based on The Darren Shan Series? It didn't seem to get very many positive reviews but I actually enjoyed it.
    Haven't seen the film yet but i dunno the posters did exactly made me want to watch it
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    Has anyone read Many a Summer by Aldous Huxley? Have just added it to my ever-growing to read list, it sounds very interesting.

    I have finally decided to start reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami after having it lying around on my desk for so long. I'm also reading The Rise and Fall of Modern Medicine by James Le Fanu (I always read one fiction and one non-fiction book at the same time, which my friends think is weird..)
 
 
 
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