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Get ready for your degree

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.

English Literature

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).

Novels and essays

English and History

A few suggestions particularly for those joining our English and History degree:

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)

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