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The best literature I’ve read whilst studying at Suffolk


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My favourite pastime is reading. I’ve been an avid reader all my life so studying English at the University of Suffolk was the perfect way to develop my passion academically. Fortunately throughout my degree I have discovered a wide range of literature, some of which have become new favourites of mine so today I am sharing some of the best books I’ve read whilst studying at Suffolk and why I love them so much!

  • First Year – Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë

What better way to start my degree than studying Wuthering Heights?! The quintessential gothic romance by the literary giant Emily Brontë was the perfect introduction to the course as the text allows for critical analysis from many different angles (and what does an English student love more than critical analysis!) Asides from an academic exploration the novel is so atmospheric and the characters are so compelling; I dare you to find a more iconic couple than Heathcliff and Cathy.

  • Second Year – Atonement by Ian McEwan & Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

I couldn’t just pick one book from second year as there were so many I adored! First of all I have chosen Atonement by Ian McEwan which I studied in perhaps my favourite module from the whole of my course through which I got to explore adaptations of the source text side by side which made for lots of reading and watching!

For my second pick I have chosen Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf which is so rich that it truly gets better the more times you read it. I have fond memories of studying Mrs Dalloway in my garden in the sunshine last March and getting lost in Mrs Dalloway’s day was a great distraction to the chaos of the wider world.

  • Third Year – Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

One of my earlier modules in third year involved exploring dystopian and apocalyptic texts, which I have to admit felt a bit odd considering the current climate! My favourite book from the module was Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro which I went into blind which really allowed for the eerie nature of the text to take full effect and make the clues to the truth all the more interesting…

  • Dissertation – Emily Dickinson’s Poetry

Finally I couldn’t write a post about my favourite literature from my studies without mentioning my other favourite literary Emily…Dickinson! I discovered Dickinson’s poetry last summer and I knew it was truly remarkable and that I wanted to explore it further – and what better way to do that than through my dissertation! For my final degree project I explored the poetry of Emily Dickinson and Emily Brontë alongside one another and despite finding it tough at times it was always amazing to return back to the poetry that I loved which took root of my work and motivated me to read and write more.

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