At the start of October 2023 I will be studying A233 Telling stories: the novel and beyond. I usually take a few books on holiday with me. To give myself a bit of a head start, I’m going to get through some of the books that feature on A233 reading list.
What follows are list of books that will be discussed within A233, in the order that I understand they are studied. Where possible, I’ve provided a link to a version from Project Guttenberg which can be downloaded to an eReader.
If you do make use of the Guttenberg version, do note that there may well be significant differences between the text that is officially recommended by the module team, and the downloaded version. The editorial that the officially recommended text may well be useful.
Hardy, T.: Falck-Yi, S.B. (ed) Far from the Madding Crowd, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199537013
Wharton, E.: Orgel, S. (ed) The Custom of the Country, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199555123
Smith, A. Hotel World, Penguin, ISBN 9780140296792
Blunden, E. Undertones of War, Penguin, ISBN 9780141184364
Roy, A. The God of Small Things, 4th Estate, ISBN 9780006550686
Perrault, C.: Betts, C. (trans.) The Complete Fairy Tales, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199585809
A direct equivalent to this text isn’t available through Project Guttenberg, but there is a collection that has the title: The Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Charles Perrault.
Grimm, J. & Grimm, W.: Crick, J. (trans.) Selected Tales, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199555581
I’m assuming that Grimm is read at the same time as the other texts that relate to fairy tales. A direct equivalent isn’t available through Project Guttenberg, but there is a different collection that is available: Grimms' Fairy Tales by Jacob Grimm and Wilhelm Grimm.
Andersen, H.C. Hans Andersen's Fairy Tales: A Selection, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199555857
Like with both Grimm and Perrault, there isn’t a direct equivalent in Project Guttenberg, but there is a broader collection which can be downloaded: Andersen's Fairy Tales by H. C. Andersen.
Carter, A. The Bloody Chamber, Vintage, ISBN 9780099588115
Armitage, S. Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Faber and Faber, ISBN 9780571223282
Gaiman, N. & Vess, C. Stardust, DC Comics (Vertigo), ISBN 9781401287849
Le Guin, U. The Dispossessed, Gollancz, ISBN 9781857988826
Shakespeare, W.: Orgel, S. (ed) The Tempest, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199535903
Although the raw text of The Tempest is readily available for download, it is worth nothing that the introduction and the editorial comments from these Oxford World’s classics versions are really useful in terms of figuring out what is going on.
A233 has a ‘book club’ section, where students will choose one book from the following:
Smith, A. Girl Meets Boy, Canongate Books, ISBN 9781786892478
Sassoon, S. Memoirs of an Infantry Officer, Faber and Faber, ISBN 9780571064106
Hardy, T. Wessex Tales, Wordsworth Editions, ISBN 9781853262692
Anand, M.R. Untouchable, Penguin, ISBN 9780141393605
Wharton, E.: Orgel, S. (ed) The Age of Innocence, Oxford World's Classics, ISBN 9780199540013
A disclaimer. I’m going on what I understand was covered during the previous presentation of A233. Future presentations may well present things differently, and use different texts.
Looking forward: when I get started with A233 properly, I’ll be using this blog to share my study log. I’m sharing this, so I can hold myself to account.
Acknowledgements: this reading list has been directly liberated from the A233 module website.