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University: Going In To Final Year

Hello everyone, and welcome back to The Bookworm’s Fantasy! I hope you’re all doing well. Today’s post is going to be slightly different to my usual bookish posts, and instead I’m going to be talking about university. In this post, I’ll be talking about my thoughts and feelings prior to going into my final year of university, and letting you all know what I’ll be studying this year. I hope some of you find this helpful/informative, and if you have any questions or feedback then just comment below! Firstly, I’ll answer a few basic questions about my course, and then I’ll get into the details. So, keep reading…

 

 


What am I studying? BA (Hons) in English and Creative Writing.

How does the course work? My course is split equally between studying English Literature and studying Creative Writing. So 50% of the time I’m studying/working on English, and the other 50% is dedicated to Creative Writing. This year I have to complete a Creative Writing dissertation/extended project, which will make up a large portion of my final grade.

What year am I in? I’m about to go in to my third and final year.

What do I plan to do after graduating? This time last year, I would have told everybody that I was keen to become a music journalist. However, I’ve had a change of heart and I’m not sure if journalism is really my passion anymore. Recently, I’ve become much more interested in working in the publishing industry, and I hope to follow that dream after university.

How am I feeling? I’m feeling many different emotions at the moment. I’m extremely nervous, as my final year equates to 75% of my overall grade, and is probably the most important year I’ll ever have academically. However, I’m very excited to truly be studying what I love this final year. My English modules all sound fantastic, and I’m excited to get going with my Creative Writing dissertation!

 

 


What I’m studying this year: English Literature

 

Last Year’s Novels

Throughout my whole degree so far at university, “Last Year’s Novels” has been the module that I’ve had my eye on and been most excited for overall. I’ve been waiting so long to study contemporary Fiction, and now the time has finally come!

So, as the title suggests, the purpose of this module is to study Fiction that was published last year (2016). Many of the novels in the reading list fall into the Literary Fiction genre, and many have won prizes and been extremely successful. There are 10 books/novels to study for this module – so I’ve been very busy with reading in preparation for that!

This module will be assessed by one 4000 word essay.

 

The Reading List:

  • ‘Iron Towns’ by Anthony Cartwright
  • ‘The Wonder’ by Emma Donoghue
  • ‘Born on a Tuesday’ by Elnathan John
  • ‘The Association of Small Bombs’ by Karan Mahajan
  • ‘The Woman Next Door’ by Yewande Omotoso
  • ‘The Anatomy of a Soldier’ by Harry Parker
  • ‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith
  • ‘My Name is Lucy Barton’ by Elizabeth Strout
  • ‘All That Man Is’ by David Szalay
  • ‘The Natural Way of Things’ by Charlotte Wood

 

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Feminist Killjoys: Theories of Gender and Sexuality

I haven’t studied any feminist theories so far in my degree, and I’ve always been meaning to. This module caught my eye straight away, and I really liked the sound of it – so I hope I enjoy it!

On this module, we will be studying a range of feminist theories, in particular recent debates in the field of gender and sexuality studies. The module will be theory and non-fiction led, and will include aspects of media studies as well as literary works.

This module will be assessed by two blog posts (25%) and one 3000 word essay (75%).

 

The Reading List:

The reading list includes works from theorists such as:

  • Adrienne Rich
  • Bell Hooks
  • Audre Lorde
  • Sara Ahmed
  • Kimberle Crenshaw
  • Jack Halberstam

 

 

Gender and Irish Fiction

I was mainly drawn to this module because of the reading list. There’s a lot of contemporary Fiction on here, as well as some Irish history!

All of the novels included in this module are from Irish writers, and most have been published very recently. We’ll also be studying a lot of major Irish historical developments and how these have and continue to influence Irish writers. There are 8 novels and a few short stories set for this module.

This module will be assessed by one 4000 word essay.

 

The Reading List:

  • ‘The Commitments’ by Roddy Doyle
  • ‘Felicia’s Journey’ by William Trevor
  • ‘Eureka Street’ by Robert McLiam Wilson
  • ‘The Likeness’ by Tana French
  • ‘Brooklyn’ by Colm Toibin
  • ‘Room’ by Emma Donoghue
  • ‘A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing’ by Eimear McBride
  • ‘The Green Road’ by Anne Enright
  • Short stories by John McGahern and Lucy Caldwell

 

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What I’m studying this year: Creative Writing

Much of my Creative Writing, and final grade overall, is made up of my Creative Writing dissertation/extended project. I’ll keep you up to date with how that goes but no spoilers yet…

I am also studying one Creative Writing module in Semester 2.

 

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Extreme Fictions

This module is currently being developed so I don’t have all of the information yet. I have been given a rough reading list so far which contains many works which may or may not be used on the module (unsure yet).

As the title suggests, we will be studying many “extreme” works of Fiction, dating back over the centuries. We will be studying many societal issues and works that sparked much controversy, with many of them being banned. Issues explored include pornography, sadism, sexism, racism, LGBTQ writing, the AIDS outbreak, war, politics and much more.

This module is assessed by one “creative response”.

 

The Reading List:

Writers studied may include:

  • Peter Aretino
  • Lydia Hunt
  • Marquis De Sade
  • Franz Fanon
  • Malcolm X
  • Dennis Cooper
  • David Wojnarovicz
  • Leonardo Sciascia

…and many more!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Happy reading 🙂

 

 

4 thoughts on “University: Going In To Final Year

  1. It seems you’ll have a very exciting year! Good luck ❤
    I'm about to start my first year at University. I'm beyond excited but also scared haha My application grade was just a little below of what I had to score to get in the course I wanted to study, so I got in my second option. I'm studying Languages, Literature and Cultures. In the first year, I'll mostly study languages and grammar. Literature and Culture come next, but I'm not sure if I'll stick around long enough to study them. I'll try to transfer to the course I wanted (Languages Applied to Business Relationships) this month, and if I can't, I'll try again at the end of the year. It's stressful, honestly haha

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    1. Thanks so much! Congratulations on securing a place at uni. I remember all my nerves/excitement before starting first year too. Your course sounds very exciting! I studied some Language in my first year too. Aw, I understand how you’re feeling. My advice would be to go into your course with an open mind and approach it with positivity, even if it’s not your first choice course. Get really stuck in and give it a good chance! And then if you decide you really don’t like it, apply to move. I hope everything works out for you – it will in the end 🙂

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