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Friday, August 18, 2017

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.

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The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill is based on a historical document kept by the British naval officers during the American Revolution.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

Life & Times of Michael K (J.M. Coatzee)

Probably the most interesting aspect of J.M. Coetzee’s Life & Times of Michael K is the incredibly-rich inner life of the novel’s protagonist, Michael...

Mrs. Dalloway (Virginia Woolf)

Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway depicts a day in the life of Clarissa Dalloway, an affluent housewife, as she plans to host a party that...

Indian Horse (Richard Wagamese)

In 1990, Richard Wagamese won the National Newspaper Award for Column Writing, the first Native Canadian to earn this award. Wagamese’s success continued to...

Mansfield Park (Jane Austen)

Before taking the course “Austen and Her Contemporaries” at UTM, Mansfield Park by Jane Austen was not a book I had ever heard awe-inspiring...

Life of Pi (Yann Martel)

Life of Pi by Yann Martel is a novel that touches on many significant motifs. It’s a refreshing read for book lovers who believe...

Falling Angels (Barbara Gowdy)

My Canadian Fiction class with Brent Wood has produced some pretty challenging work. Not in terms of difficulty, but in terms of content. Falling...

Long Red Hair (Meags Fitzgerald)

People spend their lives discovering who they are, with the most formative years occurring in adolescence. Meags Fitzgerald’s graphic memoir, Long Red Hair, provides...

The Stars Rise Here (Maurice Zolotow)

Long, unfamiliar articles are natural in most reading-intensive university classes. But when the topic of interest involves the renowned Actors Studio, the reading suddenly...

A Small Place (Jamaica Kincaid)

Imagine you’re a tourist vacationing on a small, tropical island located in the West Indies.This is what Jamaica Kincaid asks us to do while...

Things Fall Apart (Chinua Achebe)

Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart is one of those novels that resonates with me on several levels. Each time I reread it, I find...
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