I know I promised I would talk about studying for my orals, as a way of making myself process what I’m reading and providing literary blog content, and I have thus far failed miserably. This is not because I am watching The Hills instead of studying– I am reading, but I’m not quite at the point where I want to start fitting my reading into a narrative. The point of preparing like this is not to fit everything into the analytical schema I’ve been building up since I started grad school, but to take a step back, read a lot, and make sure the foundations of that schema are secure.
I haven’t read so much in my life. Here’s a sample from the past few days:
–Andreas Huyssen, After the Great Divide: Modernism, Mass Culture, Postmodernism. Read chapters 1 and 2, started 3.
–Simone de Beauvoir, Mémoires d’une jeune fille rangée. Have been making my way through it for a couple of years now but am finishing it tonight.
–Simone de Beauvoir, Cahiers de jeunesse. Just released this month. Am plodding through (it’s an enormous tome).
–Robert Desnos, Oeuvres.
Rrose Sélavy, Langage cuit
–Colette, La Vagabonde.
–Nancy K. Miller, Subject to Change: Reading Feminist Writing.
Intro and chapter on La Vagabonde.
–Proust, Du côté de chez Swann. I have like 20 pages left. Don’t know if I’ll read past the 2nd volume.
–James Joyce, Dubliners. Somehow in all my career as a modernist, I only read "The Dead." Am starting from the beginning with "The Sisters."
Tomorrow I’m off to the BNF to tackle Auden, Pound, and a bunch of critical works on modernism.
To rephrase The Mountain Goats, I am gonna make it through this month if it kills me.
If anyone out there has already passed her orals and wants to dispense advice, I am all ears.
You can play too! Some Desnos for you, after the jump.