Top Ten Texts Every Lit Major Should Read

I’ve been a lit major for nigh on six years now, and so I thought it only fair that I use this week’s Top Ten Tuesday ‘Back to School’ theme to share some of the wisdom I’ve managed to gain. So I’ve decided to share ten texts I think every new lit major should try and read at some point in their university careers. Don’t be alarmed if these texts at first seem unnecessarily confusing, pointless, and/or completely and utterly useless. That’s more or less precisely how they’re supposed to be. Continue reading

Top Ten Reasons I Love Being a Lit Major

Studying can be hard. There’s no denying that. Studying at university can be even harder. But even though I’m currently buried so deep under accumulated unread books relating to my dissertation that I’m in real danger of being declared a fire hazard to the rest of my building, I still love being a student. And in particular, I love being a student of literature. So this week’s Top Ten Tuesday prompt from The Broke and the Bookish seemed like the perfect opportunity to remind myself just why I decided I wanted to spend the next four years of my life developing a deep and meaningful relationship with university librarians, and love-hate relationships with long-dead literary theorists.
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On Turning Your ‘Lit-Crit’ Brain Off

SculptureHeadIf you’re a lit major like me – or, indeed, if you’ve ever studied just about any subject in the humanities and/or the sciences – you’ll probably remember a moment some years back when you realised that you had two brains.

And no, I don’t mean literally, in a kind of futuristic space-agey way (let’s face it, one brain is often hard enough to keep track of, and you probably don’t know the meaning of the phrase ‘bad hair day’ until you’ve got two craniums to deal with). But if you’ve ever been involved in an area of prolonged study that requires you to think critically, to analyse, to dig for deeper meaning, then you’ve probably found that this kind of thinking begins to leak into your everyday life.

Suddenly every image, word, and sound is hiding something under its surface. A movie, a television advertisement, a newspaper article – it’s never just that. It’s a text just waiting to be deciphered, and you begin to approach every such text with the question, ‘what is this film / advert / cloying but frustratingly catchy pop song trying to make me think?’. And, perhaps more importantly, ‘am I going to let them make me think that?’. Continue reading

Welcome to Majoring in Literature

Welcome, one and all, to Majoring in Literature! As you’ve probably already guessed, I am a literature major with a deep love of reading and far too much time on my hands. I am also currently one or all of the following:

a) Finishing a degree in literature
b) Panicking about my future as I have no qualifications apart from said degree in literature
c) Reading more than two books at once
d) Living in Australia
e) A girl

I have what might charitably be called an ‘eclectic’ taste in books; I read across many genres and time periods, but I’ve yet to settle on a favourite. I also have a rather unhealthy book-buying habit. When I was younger I used to read every book I owned before I would even consider buying a new one. But these days I find my self-control is a lot weaker. Not to mention that I’m no longer plagued by the problem of saving up all my pocket money dollar by dollar. As a result, I have dozens of unread books that I’ve picked up from bookstores, second-hand book sales, and Christmases past, present and future.

But if there’s one thing I love more than buying books, it’s talking about them. And since I still have a full three months before I head back to university and the patient ears of my fellow literature students, I’ve decided the best solution is to share my thoughts in blog form. Partly because I need a new hobby, and partly because I don’t know how much longer my long-suffering parents and siblings can listen to me ranting about my latest read before they stuff my mouth full of cotton wool and lock me in the cellar to await the first day of semester.

So here’s what I’d like to do with this blog:

1) Share reviews of the books I’m reading
2) Finally get through all the books on my To-Read shelf
3) Find out what others think about the books I’m reading (have I got it completely wrong? I really want to know)
4) Expand my reading tastes and experiment with some new genres
5) Gain the ability to boast about the fact that I have finally grasped twenty-first century media
6) Make lots of numbered lists (because I really like making lists)

Thank you for stopping by. I hope you’ll find something here to interest, amuse, or even just divert you. I love feedback, so don’t be afraid to leave a comment or send me a message.