My first plan of attack was to get a feel for the state of different fields of criticism and see where I felt I fit in the best, but on second (and third, or perhaps I’m already at the fourth?) thought, I realize that I just need to read more literature in general–the criticism will follow. How will I ever decide which field to pursue if I can’t even tell anyone what I love to read (aside from the Brontës, Dickens, and Tolstoy). The point of this summer will be to challenge myself to read those canonical (and not so canonical) texts that I have previously overlooked (and there’s a lot out there). So now I’m on the hunt for titles to add to what I’m optimistically calling, “the best summer reading list ever.” There are a number of secondary sources that I would like to include as preparation for the lit classes I’m taking in the fall, but for the most part, right now I need to plan on immersing myself in the primary sources. Oh woe is me….being forced to read literature all summer long (in between fits of knitting like a maniac). So that’s my plan. Should I be worried that I’m great when it comes to dreaming up plans but mysteriously lose all ability to follow through with them in the long run? Perhaps. But in the meantime I get to make lots and lots of lists and drool over all of the great books that are just waiting for me to get my grubby little hands on and read, which is half the fun.
But as “the best summer reading list ever” is still under construction (indeed, one might say it’s merely a twinkle in my eye)–what should be included? I’m thinking I need some Hemingway, Faulkner, Woolf, Twain, (I’m all Stowe-ed out at the moment, so no Stowe), Forster, Hardy, and… does anybody have other titles/authors in mind?