Its around the time when most student are beginning to think about what offers they are going to accept from universities. I wanted to reiterate why Uni of Leicester’s English BA course is so great, but instead of giving you a boring list of why I love it I thought I would just talk about the best books I have studied as part of this course (as books are the real reason we apply for English right?). I’m going to narrow it down to top 5 otherwise I would be here forever!
1. Frankenstein, Mary Shelley:
I read Frankenstein as part of my optional Gothic module last semester, I had already read it years ago but I feel like this is a book that is so much more interesting if you study it as it has so much depth and substance to it, we had a two hour seminar on it too so the discussions were really interesting.
2. Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë:
This is a bit of a generic one that almost everyone has read, I read it for the novel module in first year. There is obviously a reason this text is so popular, although its quite a long one it is worth a read and I will definitely be reading it again once I finish uni.
3. Evelina, Frances Burney
Evelina is a text that not as many people have heard of, we read it as part of the Satire to Sensibility module in second year and I ended up loving it so much that I decided to d my dissertation on Frances Burney. It’s a really interesting novel on a young woman with no experience entering into society for the first time, although I am bias as I spent months researching it!
4. Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
This is yet again another popular and generic one. However, if you haven’t read Pride and Prejudice then 1) I don’t know what you’ve been doing 2) I suggest you stop whatever you’re doing and start it! This is a favourite for so many people, the first time I read Jane Austen I thought it was a pretty serious text but the more I read the more I find it really hilarious and Lizzie Bennett is just a lovable character!
5. White Teeth, Zadie Smith:
I studied White Teeth as part of my optional module this semester, Transcultural writing and the publishing industry. It was so refreshing to study a really recent novel as part of the course as I have gotten so used to reading older and more classical literature. This was such an easy and interesting read, and I would definitely recommend to anyone whether you’re studying English or not!
You can probably tell I am really interested in texts about women, particularly in the 19th century period, however the beauty of Leicester’s English course is that you can really tailor your studies to whatever you are interested in. We study such a broad range of texts in each period that there is really so many avenues to go down, and also having a huge selection of a variety of exam and assignment questions also helps!