A lot has happened since I last wrote here. Most excitingly, I got into my top uni choice and fingers crossed on me getting my grades I'll be off to read English next year! Rather more dauntingly, I received a fifty book long reading list from them last week...
So I thought as I really do have to read at least the majority of these books before October, this would be the perfect place for me to share and discuss my thoughts about them - especially as once term starts it'll be very useful to have a record of what I thought.
A lot of the list were literary theory books and preparatory reading for studying Anglo-Saxon literature (which I'd be happy to copy into this blog if anyone is interested). But I thought as a lot of you will have read books from the Victorian literature list, it might be a good idea to pop that down here. Let me know which ones you've read and would recommend, and which ones for which I should prepare myself for a hard read...
Charlotte, Jane Eyre (1847); Villette (1853)
Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights (1847)
Anne Brontë, The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (1848)
Charles Dickens, Hard Times (1854); Bleak House (1852-3); Great Expectations (1860-1)
Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton (1848); North and South (1855)
George Eliot, Adam Bede (1859); The Mill on the Floss (1860); Middlemarch (1874)
Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White (1859)
Mary Elizabeth Braddon, Lady Audley’s Secret (1862)
Thomas Hardy, The Return of the Native (1878); Tess of the D’Urbevilles (1891); Jude the Obscure (1895)
Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady (1881)
Robert Louis Stevenson, The Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde (1886)
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray (1891)
Joseph Conrad, Heart of Darkness (1902); Nostromo (1904)
Alfred Tennyson, especially In Memoriam, Ulysses, Tithonus (Longman edition)
Robert Browning, (Penguin edition of the complete works)
Either: Nineteenth-Century Women’s Poetry, eds. Isobel Armstrong and Joseph Bristow, especially Emily Brontë, Christina Rossetti, Elizabeth Barrett Browning (Oxford University Press, 1996)
Or: Gerard Manley Hopkins (Penguin Edition of the Poems and Prose)
Oscar Wilde, A Woman of No Importance (1893), The Importance of Being Ernest (1895); An Ideal Husband (1895); and a selection from Nineteenth-Century Plays ed. by George Rowell (Oxford UP, 1972)