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Dank Genre Memes for Incoming Teens (and others)

Hi everyone!

Welcome to the Warwick English department. I hope you're doing well in the midst of the current crisis. I'm Michael Meeuwis ( and I teach here. We've decided to put together some resources for you to have a think about while you're waiting for your courses to start. Once your library accounts are ready, there's a wealth of introductory material to send you to; for the mo, under panicked and hastily put-together circumstances, we've done our best. I've chosen four genres you'll come to know while studying here: plays, novels, poetry, and manifesto. I'm sending these around with some materials culled from the Internet about how to read these genres. Think of this as a pre-syllabus, an introduction to some of the materials you'll also be working with in your first-year modules. Stay happy and safe, everyone, and we look forward to welcoming you in the coming academic year.

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  1. Theatre

William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure


Royal Court Young Writers’ Toolkit, Episode One (but do please view whole series if interested):


Ronald Hayman, How to Read a play (you’ll need to check this out, as in a library)


  1. Novels

Jane Austen, Emma (1815)


John Sutherland, How to Read a Novel (e-checkout as well)


Also, I’m in the process of writing a guide to reading Jane Austen’s novels. If you’re interested, please send me an email, and I’ll send you a link.


  1. Poetry

Richard Lovelace, “A Song to Aramathea, that she would Dishevel her hair”


Linda Hogan, “Trail of Tears: Our Removal”


Emily Dickinson, “Banish Air from Air”


How-to essay, Rebecca Hazleton, “The Choice of Constraint”

How-to essay, Edward Hirsch, “Epic, Drama, Lyric”


Warwick video: Jonathan Bate in conversation with Stephen Fry, on reading poetry



  1. Manifesto

Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party (1847)


Valerie Solanas, S.C.U.M. Manifesto (1967)


Julian Hanna, “Manifestos: A Manifesto”