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Saturday, July 21, 2018

Required Reading

Think all school-related reading is awful? Enlightened by a book you never would have touched if not for a professor pounding you over the head with it? Required Reading discusses.

Hamlet (William Shakespeare)

As an English major, I have my favourites and my throwaways. I do dabble in Victorian literature. My bookshelf is lined up with Charlotte...

The Cultural Politics of English (Alastair Pennycook)

In WRI395, titled Re-languaging: Writing Across Cultures and Languages, the readings for the course explore the concept of how speakers perceive language and translation....

The Hate U Give (Angie Thomas)

The Hate U Give (2017), Angie Thomas’ debut young adult novel, explores issues of police violence and racism in the United States. The novel...

Doctor Faustus (Christopher Marlow)

Doctor Faustus, written by Christopher Marlow, is an Elizabethan tragedy. In the play, Faustus seeks to gain supernatural powers by summoning the devil Mephistophilis...

Cities of Salt (Abdelrahman Munif)

It’s hard to imagine how professors who teach and conduct research, also have the time to pick up a good book to read in...

Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept (Elizabeth Smart)

  By Grand Central Station, I Sat Down and Wept by Elizabeth Smart is an incongruously long title for such a short book. In one...

Fifteen Dogs (André Alexis)

“Fifteen Dogs” by André Alexis explores the implication of power in the hands of immature Greek gods. The book begins with two gods, Apollo...

Hitting Budapest (NoViolet Bulawayo)

In my class Special Topics in World Literatures, a wide variety of favourite global narratives that have been presented. However, from the discussions over...

The Hobbit (J.R.R. Tolkien)

As a big fan of fantasy literature, I have wanted to read the critically-acclaimed, fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien’s works for a long time. Luckily,...

Feed (M.T. Anderson)

Every year, advancements in technology are released, ranging from improved laptops to phones. At such a fast rate, it comes to question where we’ll...

Macbeth (Shakespeare)

Shakespeare’s Macbeth is a tale of power, loyalty, and ambition. Set in Scotland in the Middle Ages, Macbeth demonstrates what people will do when...

The Book of Negros (Lawrence Hill)

The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill is based on a historical document kept by the British naval officers during the American Revolution. The...
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