As we approach exam period, I wanted to talk about my first semester of 3rd year and most importantly the modules I took this term and how I found them. The good thing about this semester was that I had my dissertation and an optional module, which meant that most of what I was studying was of interest to me as I got to choose most of what I was doing. The core module I took was Romantics to Victorians which is a period I am also really interested in, so I have enjoyed pretty much everything I have studied this term. This makes such a big difference to me when it comes to my actual work, researching and studying topics that I like motivates me so much more, I’m not the type of person that can force myself to do extra work on topics such as medieval literature because it just does not appeal to me as much.
The last post I wrote was a dissertation update, so I won’t bore you with all the details I’ll link it below. However, I feel like doing my dissertation in first semester is a big weight off my shoulders for me, even the pressure of the word dissertation in general looms over me despite being on track. So submitting that will definitely put me in some ease ready to go into semester 2.
Gothic: From Otranto to Wuthering Heights
I am one of those rare English students that has never studied Gothic before, I know! Not even Frankenstein. I have read a few gothic texts however, so I did know I had an interest in this area and I was really keen to try something new. I loved this module, I enjoyed every text we studied and enjoyed the discussions we had in seminars. My favourites were definitely ‘Castle of Otranto’, ‘Frankenstein’ and ‘Northanger Abbey’.
Romantics to Victorians
This module I didn’t enjoy as much as Gothic, however it was still one of the best core modules I have done at uni. I enjoyed the Victorians section much more than the Romantics, as the romantics was mainly poetry focused, I much prefer studying Novels. Nonetheless, I enjoyed a lot of this module. I have still got a 3 hour exam, which is pre-seen so is a bit more relieving, however exams are definitely not my strong point so I am slightly worried about that.
I am definitely looking forward to next semester, I have got a publishing module coming up where I get to complete an E-internship which I am really excited for.