I’ve finally finished reading for my dissertation which is going to based on these two books. I started off reading ‘Dracula’ which I was meant to read for one of my modules in summer term but never finished it. I have to say it’s a good read but in some places it does drag. If you’ve read this book you can totally see why it’d appeal to the Victorian reader and their longwinded-ness (I’m unsure if that ‘V’ should be capitalised? Don’t judge me). The other book I’ve read for my dissertation is ‘The Monk’ which eventhough has quite a packed narrative, by packed I mean Lewis probably could’ve written the book in less words, the read itself is quite gripping. I actually finished it quicker than ‘Dracula’.
I wouldn’t say my dissertation reading is done because I’ve got to do some secondary reading that supports what I’m going to argue in my dissertation. No one’s going to take my flimsy undergrad statements as persuasive if I don’t find material that kinda sorta backs it up, c’monn. My argument is how the female characters are constructed in the Masculine Gothic which is the genre of these two novels. I would put my actual working title up for my dissertation but I don’t know if that’d flag up as plagiarism when they check your text against the Internet. I’m being extra careful.
This isn’t the only reading I’ve got to do before uni starts I’ve got to read novels for my other core English Literature module too, ‘Modernism’, which includes the hefty beast of a read ‘Ulysses’ by James Joyce along with 5 other novels, and another few books for other modules. I’ve got so much reading to do but I really want to be on top of my game for my final year at uni. Okay, I should probably stop rambling now and do some reading!