Literary Study Texts


I’ve also decided that the Gothic prose literature we will study this coming year will be:

  • Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte
  • Rebecca by Daphne Du Maurier

Please read these over the summer holidays, and have a fantastic break!


Sylvia Plath: Sleep in the Mojave Desert

Sleep in the Mojave Desert 

Out here there are no hearthstones,

Hot grains, simply. It is dry, dry.

And the air dangerous. Noonday acts queerly

On the mind’s eye erecting a line

Of poplars in the middle distance, the only

Object beside the mad, straight road

One can remember men and houses by.

A cool wind should inhabit these leaves

And a dew collect on them, dearer than money,

In the blue hour before sunup.

Yet they recede, untouchable as tomorrow,

Or those glittery fictions of spilt water

That glide ahead of the very thirsty.



I think of the lizards airing their tongues

In the crevice of an extremely small shadow

And the toad guarding his heart’s droplet.

The desert is white as a blind man’s eye,

Comfortless as salt. Snake and bird

Doze behind the old maskss of fury.

We swelter like firedogs in the wind.

The sun puts its cinder out. Where we lie

The heat-cracked crickets congregate

In their black armorplate and cry.

The day-moon lights up like a sorry mother,

And the crickets come creeping into our hair

To fiddle the short night away.

Dissertation Text Ideas and Deadlines

Hi folks,

Below is a huge list of possible texts to consider for your dissertations – it’s also helpfully been divided by theme. This is not a restrictive list – don’t feel you HAVE to choose something from it, but it will give you an idea of the calibre of texts you should be selecting.


Reminder of your deadlines, too:

  • Dissertation Proposals due in Wednesday 16th August 2017.
  • First draft of dissertations due in Monday 23rd October 2017.
  • Final draft of dissertations due Monday 8th January 2018.