Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Nineteenth-Century Literature - An A-Z post

A short post today, and a little departure from all the A230 study topics I've been doing up until now.

We're now well into this course, so far in that I can actually see (and smell!) the finishing line, but I'm finally getting into the swing of studying literature.

This may sound daft, but I come from more of a science background, and all of my previous study has all been science subjects. It's a completely different and new experience changing from science to literature.
For my science subjects it's been a case of memorising and understanding processes, formulae, and facts.
Literature is something else, and this year has been very much about rewiring my brain to get round this new way of thinking. And I think I'm finally getting there. (Which is great considering the exam is just around the corner.)

Anyway, the point of this post is that I've been looking at what modules I'm going to do after this one. The next two are definitely going to be creative writing courses, but after that I think I'm going to do the Nineteenth Century Literature course. This course has really given me a taste for reading and analysing texts and I'd like to take it further if I can.

The reading list is more extensive than my current course:

Middlemarch - George Eliot
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
Northanger Abbey - Jane Austen
Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
The Portrait of a Lady - Henry James
Far From the Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy
Germinal - Emile Zola
Dombey and Son - Charles Dickens
The Awakening - Kate Chopin
The Nineteenth-century Novel: A Critical Reader - Stephen Regan

I've got two years until I'm anywhere near starting this course, so plenty of time to get as many of these read as I can and get myself ready for the next level of study.

I'm looking forward to it!

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  1. That's quite a list of classics! I have yet to read most of them, but I have read Jane Eyre.

    1. I haven't read any of them yet but I'm looking forward to getting started on them.
      I think two years should be long enough ...

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  4. Ohhhhh... lovely collection there! It makes me wish I had studied writing in college... LOVE Jane Eyre!!!!!!!!!

    1. It's never too late to get back into studying ...

  5. What a great reading list.
    I've read some of those books - a great era for literature!

    Hope you're having a fab AtoZ ;)


  6. One of my favorite periods as far as writers and what they were writing
    What is interesting is that each of these writers had their trademark/ specialty that became trend setters

    My three Fav of the bunch Dickens, Eliot and Austen but they all are excellent - enjoy the journey (you could spend a lifetime just reading and studying these writers)