Hi to everyone joining us in September 2020!
Your new tutors in English and Comparative Literary Studies wanted to make sure you've got some reading to do while you wait to join us later in the year. We know it's a weird moment, and that you might have some extra reading time on your hands. We also know you're excited to start your new degree and discover a whole world of new writers and writing. So we've put together some of our favourite readings for you, things that we know are easily accessible online; you don't have to read all of these, of course, but you might choose a few to keep you occupied.
We look forward to welcoming you to Warwick in the new academic year.
Below are some recommendations for those starting on our English Literature degree this September (though those on other degrees might want to check them out as well).
- William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Faust (Part One) (set text on Modern World Literatures)
- Lorraine Hansberry, A Raisin in the Sun
- Watch: Royal Court Young Writers’ Toolkit, Episode One (but do please view whole series if interested)
- Ronald Hayman, How to Read a Play (free e-checkout)
Novels and essays
- Jane Austen, Emma
- Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (set text on Modern World Literatures)
- George Eliot, Middlemarch (set text on Epic into Novel).
- Mary Shelley, Frankenstein (1818 text) (set text on both Modern World Literatures and History & Textuality)
- Natsume Sōseki, Kokoro (set text on Modern World Literatures)
- John Sutherland, How to Read a Novel (free e-checkout)
- Ta-Nehisi Coates, Letter to My Son
- David Foster Wallace, list of free stories and essays
- 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”
- Audre Lorde, "Coal"
- How-to essay, Rebecca Hazleton, “The Choice of Constraint”
- How-to essay, Edward Hirsch, “Epic, Drama, Lyric”
- Watch: Jonathan Bate in conversation with Stephen Fry, on reading poetry
- Marx and Engels, Manifesto of the Communist Party
- Valerie Solanas, S.C.U.M. Manifesto
- Julian Hanna, Manifestos: A Manifesto
English and History
A few suggestions particularly for those joining our English and History degree:
- Institute of Historical Research: have a browse of this open-access guide to historical databases.
- Open Yale Course program videos: we recommend David Blight's "The Civil War and Reconstruction Era" and Amy Hungerford's "The American Novel since 1945". You can find the full list here.
- Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities (set text on History & Textuality)
- If you're curious about what good the study of history and literature is in the midst of a pandemic, we recommend the podcast Going Viral: The Mother of All Pandemics, hosted by Mark Honigsbaum (City University) and Hannah Mawdsley (Queen Mary's), about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.
English and Theatre
If you're coming to join our English and Theatre degree, you might want to have a look at these:
- It’s True, It’s True, It’s True. This is the story of how a woman took revenge through her art to become one of the most successful painters of her generation, created and performed by Warwick English and Theatre graduates in Breach Theatre.
- Cyprus Avenue. A dark comedy about the legacy of sectarian violence in Northern Ireland, filmed at the Royal Court Theatre in London. This is a play that we cover on the second-year core module, Drama and Democracy.
- The Complete Plays of Oscar Wilde: we recommend The Importance of Being Earnest, An Ideal Husband, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and Salomé.
- John Osborne, Look Back in Anger (set text on British Theatre Since 1939)