Top Ten Tuesday: FREEBIE!

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.  This week we get to make up our own topic, which I enjoy very much.  Through my reading life, I have noticed that some of my favorite books were read because they were required.  That is why my topic for this week is:

Top Ten Books From a College/Graduate School Syllabus:
 *I'm also going to try to keep off books that I've mentioned on lots of other lists this week.
10. Locas by Yxta Maya Murray.  Class:  Girl Worlds: Female Coming of Age Literature
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9. Mother Night by Kurt Vonnegut. Class: Subversion and Vertigo: Film and Literature in the 1960's

8. The Sandman: Vol. 1 Preludes and Noctures by Neil Gaiman. Class: Philosophy of Art

7.Mrs. Dalloway by Virgina Woolf. Class: British Literature focusing on just this book

6. Face by Cecile Pineda. Class: The Self and/as Other: Theories of Subjectivity and Otherness from the Enlightenment to the Present

5. Bonfire of the Vanities by Thomas Wolfe. Class: Satire in Literature and Film

4. North: Poems by Seamus Heaney.  Class: Nation States

3. Disgrace by J.M. Coetzee.  Class: Postcolonial Literature and Theory

2. Justine by Laurence Durrell. Class: Contemporary British Literature: From the 1950s to the Present

1. Turing's Delirium by Eduardo Paz Soldan.  Class: Cyborgs and Simians: I don't remember the subtitle, but isn't the beginning fun?

Like I said, these are less conventional choices.  I could think of something from every class I've taken.  I didn't want to stop.  Which classes turned out to be treasure troves of undiscovered reading for you?


  1. This is a great list! Such an interesting Top Ten topic and I always love reading about lit courses :)

    I also took a post-colonial lit course that had a treasure trove of great books (I read my first Toni Morrison in that class as well as Things Fall Apart). Lit and Film was great, as was Southern Lit.

    As for my grad school classes, I enjoyed Gender and Sexuality in Medieval Lit, Pop Culture in the Renaissance, and Renaissance Drama (excluding Shakespeare).

  2. I like this list idea! And you have some really interesting off the beaten...syllabus? choices! Plus it sounds like you took some really cool classes.

  3. What a list!
    I took a Women in Literature course in college and discovered Margaret Atwood, Doris Lessing, Kate Chopin, Toni Morrison, the Bronte sisters, and Edith Warton!

  4. I love this list! Probably my favorite of the freebies!

  5. I wish I'd had such a varied choice of literature courses when I was studying English. I ended up taking a mixture of literature and linguistics, simply because there were so few juicy lit courses to choose from.

  6. Great idea for a list! (I especially love lists with tempting books with which I am completely unfamiliar.)

  7. Love your list! I went to grad school for a Master's in Children's Literature, so in almost every class I discovered fantastic new books. But the real surprise came in the writing courses when we read books and essays on writing like Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott and On Writing by Stephen King. Loved those.

  8. Great idea for a list. I have heard of a lot of these, but I have not read any of them. I have always wanted to read Bonfire of the Vanities.

  9. Fascinating list. Very off beat.

  10. LOVE Kurt Vonnegut. I haven't read Mother Night, yet. Will have to add that to my TBR!

    -Jenna @ the book element

  11. Oooh, I love The Bonfire of the Vanities- I didn't have to read it for a class, but it was recommended as a good partner to The Tortilla Curtain which was for a class, so that's pretty much why I read it!
    One of my favourite ever books (well it's a play actually) is Angels in America, and I couldn't be more grateful to my 20th century american drama class for introducing me to it!

  12. I'm catching up on some of my blog reading this week and just getting to the various TTT lists. Love the subject for yours--of the 10 you list, I've only read Disgrace. Liked it but didn't love it. But there have been lots of books I read for school that I loved...The Sound & the Fury by Faulkner and Can't Quit You, Baby by Ellen Douglas, which were both for a southern lit class. And I also loved D. M. Thomas's The White Hotel, which I read for a religion class. Edith Wharton's The House of Mirth for a great class on Wharton & Henry James. I could go on so I'll just stop instead.


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