Friday, May 15, 2009

Summer Reading

Just in case you haven't planned your summer reading yet, you might consider the books selected for the Proseminar for incoming Doctoral Students:

Anonymous. The Croxton Play of the Sacrament in Early English Drama: An Anthology, ed. by John C. Coldewey. New York: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1993. This is available online at:
Frances (Fanny) Burney. The Wanderer. New York: Oxford UP, 2001.
Frank Norris. McTeague. New York: Signet Classics, 2003.
George Saunders. Pastoralia. New York: Riverhead Books, 2000.
Dorothy West. The Living is Easy. New York: The Feminist Press, 1982.

If you actually are an incoming doctoral student, it would be useful to know that this year's proseminar topic is:

Economics, Exchange, and the Literary Imagination

"The committee can imagine papers that would discuss the function of money in literary texts, the inter-implication of economic systems and aesthetic forms, or the relationship between political economy and the politics of identity, for starters, and students can probably find other ways to unite two of the five primary texts under this theme."

Tomorrow: some theoretical reading....

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