First Semester Reading List

Hi everyone! Today I have packed up all of the books I need for my first semester this year. As an English Literature student I am expected to do a lot of reading before attending any classes and this final year is no different.

During my first semester I will be focusing on my Dissertation (a very scary thought I will most likely be pushing to the back of my mind for now) and two other modules. Those modules are centred around Arthurian Legends and Scandal in the 16th and 17th centuries. I am very excited to get back into my degree since I’ve been away from university since March. I am still unsure about whether my classes will be online or face-to-face but either way I still have a lot of reading to do before the semester starts!

Arthurian Legend:

  • The Mabignogion (293 pages)
  • Completed Works of Malory (811 pages)
  • A Connecticut Yankee at King Arthur’s Court (410 pages)
  • The Once and Future King (858 pages)
  • Idylls of the King (298 pages)
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (158 pages)
  • Arthurian Romances (521 pages)
  • The History of the Kings of Britain (371 pages)

Both Arthurian Romances and The History and the Kings of Britain contain content I am not required to read (thankfully) and all of the texts, apart from The Once and Future King, contain pages of additional reading that will be useful once I start seminar discussions.

16th/17th Century Scandal:

  • The Roaring Girl (144 pages)
  • Arden of Faversham (123 pages)
  • Titus Andronicus (226 pages)
  • Edward II (contained in Doctor Faustus and Other Plays) (79 pages)
  • Venus and Adonis (contained in The Complete Sonnets and Poems) (65 pages)

The first four texts on this module are plays and the fifth is a poem. All of the plays contain extra information such as historical context, first performance information and spelling corrections (found in the glossary). The poem contains line by line explanations and translations as well as providing context for the references that Shakespeare uses throughout.

I cannot wait to get back to classes and start learning again. I picked these modules because I am interested in both time periods covered, especially the 16th and 17th centuries. I wonder if any of you have read any of the texts here? What did you think of them if you have?

Published by Allie About English

I am a 20 year old student who loves reading books which helps because my degree consists of reading books and writing essays.

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