Doing the reading (was: Best Books 2002)

Anna Z Skarzynska theania at
Sun Jan 12 10:47:20 EST 2003

The reading lists (quoted below) ARE large, yes, but if you are interested
enough in literature to take the class, surely you will have already read at
least half of these titles, being as many are literary classics? Then again,
one is reminded of the definition of the classic- a book everyone thinks
s/he ought to have read, but has not.
> For example, here are the reading loads for two common classes:
> California Lit: Acosta, O.: The Revolt of the Cockroach People; Bulosan,
> C.: America Is in the Heart; Chan, S.C. and S. Olin: Major Problems in
> California History; Davis, M.: City of Quartz; de Burton, R.: The Squatter
> and the Don; Kerouac, J.: On the Road; Kingston, M. H.: China Men;
> McWilliams, C.: California, The Great Exception; Norris, F.: The Octopus;
> Ruiz, R.: Happy Birthday, Jesus; Steinbeck, J.: Grapes of Wrath; West, N.:
> The Day of the Locust; a course reader containing additional primary and
> secondary materials
> Studying The Novel: Anon.: Lazarillo de Tormes; Beckett, S.: Company;
> Defoe, D.: Robinson Crusoe; Dostoevsky, F.: Demons; Edgeworth, M.: Castle
> Rackrent; Flaubert, G.:Madame Bovary; Goethe, J.: The Sorrows of Young
> Werther; Joyce, J.: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man; Kundera, M.:
> The Unbearable Lightness of Being; Nabokov, V.: Pale Fire; Petronius: the
> Satyricon; Sterne, L.: Tristram Shandy; Woolf, V.: Mrs. Dalloway.
> With undergrads required to carry four courses of that depth (16 units)
> it's no surprise that the new student orientation speech says outright
> "you can do three things in college -- sleep, study, or socialize -- but
> you'll only have time for two of them here."
> Denise DeGraf ~~
> "You're down as expendable.  You don't get a weapon."
>     -- Diana Wynne Jones (Dark Lord of Derkholm)
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