In a few weeks, I’m starting my master Literary studies: Literature in society. This, and a few other projects, means I have a huge to-be-read-list! Here’s a few things I’ll be reading over the next few months.

Gothic literature
One of the courses I’m required to follow focusses on gothic literature. Now, I don’t know anything about this genre, so I don’t really know what to expect. However, I am looking forward to reading big names like Daphne du Maurier and Stephen King. I also have to watch a few horror movies for this course and I’m very easily scared, so that’s gonna be fun.

Afrikaans literature
After my course on Afrikaans literature last year, I really wanted to learn the language even better. So this Thursday I have my first class at the Zuid-Afrikahuis in Amsterdam. To work on my vocabulary, I’ll be reading a lot of Afrikaans literature, like Willem Anker, Etienne van Heerden and N.P. van Wyk Louw.

Last year I read Ulysses, so when I heard there was a course on this book I knew I had to take it. I don’t know if I can handle a complete reread, but I’m looking forward to learning more about this book. I already ordered my Cambridge Companion to Ulysses and it looks so interesting!

Minority month
I read way to many white straight male authors, so when my best buddy Laurens suggested to do a minority month in September, I got super psyched! So in September, I intend to only read books by authors who are in any way a minority. We’ll be buddy reading The Pianist by Elfiede Jelinek, I’ll have to read Toni Morrison for my classes, and I still have to finish The Second Sex by Simone de Beauvoir. Additionally, I’m thinking of reading Colson Whitehead, Maryse Condé and Anna Blaman, but I’m also very interested in any suggestions you may have for me.

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