Saturday, February 2, 2008

Books, Books, and More Books

When you're in college, no matter what level, you wind up buying a lot of books for your classes. It doesn't matter if they're textbooks or literature books, you always wind up spending a small fortune and somehow it's always a bit shocking to see the amount that you spend, but you kinda have to, because the library doesn't always have the book(s) you want, and it's simply not practical to check them out for 3-4 months at a time. (The amount you might spend in overdue fines makes it silly to just not buy the book at some point when you can afford it, even if it's a second-hand/used copy.) If you're a science major, you wind up buying fewer books than a humanities person, generally speaking, but those two books you need for each class wind up costing about as much as the 8 that the English major needs. It generally evens out. (My math books tended to cost over $100, for example; it might be the only book I needed for that semester's math class, but I would wind up buying maybe 10 books or more for the several English classes I'd be taking.)

I realized I had a credit of a few hundred dollars on the one credit card I keep (and temporarily forgot that I even had and have not used in over a year) so I wound up buying all the books I need for this semester - with the exception of the three my parents bought me - and paid some extremely overdue bills. I won't be flush with cash this semester, but between my three jobs I'll be able to pay off the credit card pretty quickly.

I think I may have bought a few (three) extra books that I don't need for ENG 700, but I think I might keep them anyway; they look useful. And with the way of all things, at least two of these classes will have handouts provided by the professor.

ENG 520: Non-Fiction Writing Workshop
Danticat - Brother, I'm Dying

ENG 580: Modern Irish Literature - James Joyce's Ulysses
Blamires - The New Bloomsday Book: A Guide Through Ulysses
Brooker - Joyce's Critics: Transitions in Reading and Culture
Gifford - Ulysses Annotated
Joyce - Ulysses

ENG 620: Theories of Rhetoric and the Teaching of Writing
Aristotle - Rhetoric
Bernays - Propoganda
Burke - On Symbols and Society
Ellul - Propoganda: The Formation of Men's Attitudes
Freire - Pedagogy of the Oppressed
Schiappa - Defining Reality: Definitions and the Politics of Meaning
Smitherman - Talkin' and Testifyin': The Language of Black America

ENG 700: Teaching Practicum
Glenn & Goldthwaite - The St. Martin's Guide to Teaching Writing

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