Thesis Reading List (The horror! The horror!)

Dear Readers,

I’m about to become a hermit, to the tune of 50 books to read before July/August (on top of all that other shit I mentioned in that other post). Wish me luck! Or something.

Here is my reading list. I’m going to also post it on the “What I’m Reading” page so that you can follow along (like a sing-along! only with books!). No, I will not be going in order. I expect I will try to do a long book, then short, then long, then short, then long long long long because all of these books are like 500 pages. I will also be posting updates on Twitter so that you know which book I’m reading at any given time. Feel free to follow, retweet, or poke fun at me as long as it’s 140 characters or less.

If you got the poorly executed joke in the title of this post, NO I WILL NOT BE READING HEART OF DARKNESS BECAUSE THAT BOOK IS THE DEVIL. Thank you.

1. AMERICAN SHORT STORIES (5-10 works)

Alexie, Sherman. The Lone Ranger and Tonto Fistfight in Heaven.
Barrett, Andrea. Ship Fever.
Bender, Aimee. The Girl in the Flammable Skirt, 1998.
Carver, Raymond. Where I’m Calling From.
Dybek, Stuart. The Coast of Chicago.
Johnson, Denis. Jesus’ Son.

2. POSTWAR AMERICAN NOVELS (8-15)
Baldwin, James. Go Tell It On The Mountain.
Erdrich, Louise. Love Medicine.
Harrison, Jim. Legends of the Fall.
Haruf, Kent. Plainsong.
Kingsolver, Barbara. The Poisonwood Bible.
LeGuin, Ursula. The Left Hand of Darkness.
Morrison, Toni. Beloved
O’Nan, Stewart. A Prayer for the Dying.
Vonnegut, Kurt. Cat’s Cradle.
Whitehead, Colson. The Intuitionist.
Yamanaka, Lois-Ann. Blu’s Hanging.

3. ANGLOPHONE FICTION (5-10 works)
Beckett, Samuel. Fizzles.
Byatt, A.S. Possession.
Emecheta, Buchi. Second-Class Citizen.
Greene, Graham. The Power and the Glory.
Ishiguro, Kazuo. The Remains of the Day.
McEwan, Ian. Atonement.
Ondaatje, Michael. The English Patient.
Waugh, Evelyn. Brideshead Revisited.

4. FICTION IN TRANSLATION (5-10 works)
Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart.
Allende, Isabel. The House of the Spirits.
Camus, Albert. The Stranger.
Dostoyevsky, Fyodor. Crime and Punishment.
Duras, Marguerite. The Lover.
Kafka, Franz. The Complete Stories and Parables.
Tolstoy, Leo. Anna Karenina
García Marquez, Gabriel. One Hundred Years of Solitude
Kundera, Milan. The Unbearable Lightness of Being

5. THEORY AND PRACTICE (2-5 works)
Forster, E.M. Aspects of the Novel,1927.
LeGuin, Ursula. Dancing at the Edge of the World.

6. MULTI-GENERIC AND HYBRID TEXTS (2-10 works)
Thompson, Hunter. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas.
Toomer, Jean. Cane.

7. AN INDIVIDUALIZED LIST CONSTRUCTED WITH THE ADVICE AND CONSENT OF YOUR CHAIR AND COMMITTEE MEMBERS (12 WORKS).
Barrett Jr., Neil. The Prophecy Machine.
Bell, Madison Smartt. Narrative Design, 1997.
Campbell, Joseph. Hero With a Thousand Faces.
Dick, Phillip K. The Man in the High Castle.
Herbert, Frank. Dune.
Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl’s Moving Castle
Jordan, Robert. The Eye of the World
Orwell, Geroge. 1984.
Pullman, Phillip. The Amber Spyglass.
Russell, Karen. Vampires in the Lemon Grove.
Sanderson, Brandon. The Alloy of Law.
Tolkien, JRR. The Return of the King

Let’s get started.

Love muchly and happy reading,
Liz

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