As I posted earlier, the second half of the Summer Reading posts focuses on what I have to read for University over the summer.
For my last year I have two modules in English Language, two modules in English Literature and a Dissertation, which I have chosen to do in Lit. The modules that I have chosen for English Language are English Grammar and Child Language Development and I am sure I will have to do a lot of reading around these topics.
In Lit, the modules that I have chosen have specific reading lists and these are…
Shakespeare and Gender
The Taming of the Shrew
Love’s Labour’s Lost
All’s Well that Ends Well
J.M. Barrie – Peter Pan
Frances Hodgson Burnett – The Secret Garden
Kenneth Grahame – The Wind in the Willows
A. A. Milne – Winnie the Pooh AND The House at Pooh Corner
E. Nesbit – The Story of the Amulet
J. R. R. Tolkien – The Hobbit
Obviously having less modules frees up a lot of my time for my dissertation and I have decided that I am going to look into how Charles Dickens constructs his villains across the following texts…
The Old Curiosity Shop
I’m not exactly sure where it is going to take me yet but I’m hoping to find out a few things about Dickens himself, how he manages to characterise his villains so that they seem both horrible and terrifying and I might even start to look at why they seem to terrorise small, innocent children!
If you’ve got anything to say about any of these books or if you have read any of them then feel free to let me know what you think … Maybe you even have an idea or a suggestion about my Dickens themed dissertation! If you do, I would love to hear them so please comment below 🙂