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The winter break has been good for me. Largely because after all of the stress in my assignments last semester, I just needed that opportunity to come up for air before diving back into everything again. Whilst the new assignments are intimidating in that I know they will require hard work and focus, it is my aim to remain able to meet that challenge and to not become complacent. This first work has been difficult in the amount of information being given out, but next week will be easier when it comes to focusing on the tasks ahead.
So far I have had one of each of my classes. Whilst I enjoyed the teaching style of all of my previous lecturers and seminar tutors, it is also refreshing to hear people with other areas of expertise speak their ideas and thoughts. It provides fresh information and inspiration. My favourite class is contemporary writing, because it looks largely at modern texts and the world around us. What is going in the news is very much something which is a part of our discussions. I enjoy this because it reminds me how relevant to the modern world literature is. It is crucial to our understanding of many things due to the fact that it comes in all kinds of formats. Whether that be a play, a movie, a book. Literature is everywhere. When I went to London, one of the first places I found it was in the poetry leaflets handed out on the tube. Words make our world better, or at least clearer to understand.
My other classes are proving enjoyable also. Reading texts 2 is split into two parts this semester: The first six weeks being short stories and criticism, the second half five weeks of poetry. Seeing the evolution of poetry in more detail after we studied sonnets last year will definitely be intriguing to say the least, though I am not sure if I can quite say I am looking forward to Chaucer... we do not get along well he and I. Gender and writing, just as with contemporary writing, is all about looking at the issues which arise in the modern society surrounding gender. We began by looking at an extract from Plath's The Bell Jar. Reading her exquisite and heart breaking phrases took me back to that day in early January when I visited her grave at Hebden bridge. It was easy to imagine her reading it.
Like I say, the first week is always a little odd because it is somehow manages to evade the norm. There is time to not be worried about assignments and to pause for a little while. Getting to spend time with my friends has been one of the best parts of being back because it means discussing ideas, setting short story challenges for one another, re-visiting the same places together and most importantly taste testing hot chocolate from across the city. Finding a new cafe to work from is never a bad thing.
As this second week begins and the first draws to a close, it will be good to feel the work effort becoming a tad lighter. It will be pleasant to have time to play the violin for a few minutes each day but to know that my main aim is to get an essay plan completed before the end of everything. The more work I put in now, the better the afternoons will be when my assignments are over once more. Some of them are in new formats (such as a critical review or a blog assessing my overall performance in a presentation on the construction of gender in society) which I am as of yet unaccustomed to, but all of that will soon change. It is definitely going to be a memorable experience learning about these things and something from which I can learn a great deal.
Outside of research and planning (feeling in a good place with that right now which is a relief!) my aim for the week is to carry on reading the Romanovs by Montefiore and to find some extra reading to do other than the supplied criticism. In addition to this, I want to go and see another academy award nominated film because so far all of them are proving pretty awesome - it is difficult to say who will win each of the awards this year for sure! Still living the dream from La La Land so far though - here is another little arrangement I have been working on this weekend between practice for Halle:
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