Yes. This first term of uni has gone super quickly. I genuinely cannot believe that I’m already home for winter break. I keep saying to everyone that I don’t quite know how I am going to cope without going to uni for three weeks, but I’m sure my brain will appreciate the break. At some point I will do an update on my experiences of my second year of uni so look out for that.
Now, when it comes to uni reading I tend not to read texts that really stick with me very long. I just read them, think they’re alright, discuss them, maybe write about them and that’s it? I definitely found this last year. This year, however, I have had a few texts which I have really engaged with and really enjoyed so I decided to dedicate a blog post to them.
Gulliver’s Travels by Jonathan Swift
MODULE: 18TH CENTURY LITERATURE
This is the big one. When I knew I was going to be studying 18th century literature, I didn’t think I was going to really enjoy any of the texts. Gulliver’s Travels very much proved me wrong. There’s a lot I can talk about with this book, but I definitely don’t think you’d enjoy it without knowing the context behind it. It’s funny and clever and just really quite entertaining in my opinion. That being said, I did not like Gulliver as a narrator – he is extremely annoying.
I have an essay due in January for this module and you sure can bet that I’ll be writing about this book. It is definitely the book which I have connect with the most out of all the books/texts I have covered this term.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream by William Shakespeare
MODULE: TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY SHAKESPEARES
In the entirety of the first term, we studied two Shakespeare plays because there were a few weeks dedicated to historical context as well as a couple of weeks of presentations at the end. Dream was essentially my gateway into Shakespeare when I was in my early teens, and I feel as though it is many people’s first Shakespeare play.
Two weeks really isn’t a lot of time to concisely get through a play, but Dream is enjoyable nonetheless. It’s a bit ridiculous, granted, and I have said in the past that I think it is over-hyped a little, but it’s definitely not a bad play
I just think there are some better Shakespeare plays out there
The final text which I’m going to mention is a poem. One of my modules this year is Modernism (please don’t ask me to try to explain it) and whilst overall the module can be a little bit mind-boggling, I’ve found some of the poems we’ve looked at particularly good, and I somewhat agree with what they are saying. The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S.Eliot demonstrates how poetry doesn’t have to be beautiful and flowery and pleasant *cough* I’m looking at you Romantic poets *cough* to be good. As I said in Poetry in the 21st Century, if I poem is “raw and real” I will probably enjoy it more and this poem is. It describes a dirty scene without trying to romanticise any of it.
And that wraps up this little post. I wish I could write a big long list of all the books I’ve loved at uni, but sometimes the books just don’t have a long-term effect on me so there is no point in adding them to this post. These few however, I really enjoyed and I look forward to see whether any books in the new year stick with me as these have.