Monday, September 6, 2010

Required Reading

For those of you who may be interested, I'm including the required reading for The Heiress' fourth year English class, Narratives of an Empire in first term.  There were a couple which I had never heard of but they all sound intriguing.

Oroonoko - Aphra Behn
She:  A History of Adventure - Henry Rider Haggard
Kim - Rudyard Kipling
Robinson Crusoe - Daniel Defoe
Translation of the Letters of a Hindoo Rajah - Elizabeth Hamilton


  1. What a fun course! She, Kim, and Robinson Crusoe were all childhood favourites of mine and the other two titles are familiar, though I haven't read either yet. After my brother read She in Grade 6 he finally understood why we refer to my mother as "She-who-must-be-obeyed" (yes, we're awful).

  2. I had not heard of the last book which I think must be intriguing.

  3. Never heard of the last book, and I'm afraid I struggled with Kim... but enjoyed the Behns I *have* read, although they don't include that one.

  4. Are you going to read along with her?

  5. I haven't read any of them nor head of the last one! Interesting class; I did a postcolonial literature class at uni, which was amazingly good.

  6. Claire, Oh dear...that would have been quite the 'lightbulb' moment! Awful, maybe...funny, definitely!

    Mystica, It's a great title isn't it...very exotic as well as intriguing.

    StuckInABook, Well, if The Heiress struggles with Kim then I will tell her she's in good company!

    mary, I may try at least one. Last year, it was Silas Marner but I beat her by a mile as the prof just couldn't seem to leave Mansfield Park alone!

    Paperback Reader, Wow! And you read a lot!

    I can't help thinking the last one could be the name of a really cool song.

  7. What a fun list! Does she have any kind of post-colonial criticism on her reading list in addition to the books?

    Also, I love your fall harvest image at the top of the page.

  8. makedoandread, I will have to ask her once her course gets going. These titles were the ones submitted by the prof for her shopping list which I'm sure will grow.

    Thanks, Kate...I love surfing for seasonal images!