Anne-Sophie at UEA

Three years of my life as an EU student of English Literature at the University of East Anglia,England.

Travel Literature: The Turkish Embassy Letters

As mentioned in my previous post, I got my Travel Literature essay back! I got 73%!!! I’m so relieved because with most essays, I usually know I’ll get around 65% … Continue reading

10 June, 2017 · 4 Comments

Discussing Lemony Snicket and A Series of Unfortunate Events

A few weeks ago, I was asked to write the profile of an author of children’s literature as part of my application to the Fly Festival Press Traineeship. I had … Continue reading

4 June, 2017 · Leave a comment


KESHIKI (meaning “landscape” in Japanese) is the result of global collaboration and international effort. The series of booklets associates the short fiction of eight contemporary writers based in Japan, the … Continue reading

1 June, 2017 · 1 Comment

Science Fiction: Formative 3

Another formative assessment for Science Fiction! Like the previous one, I had to choose an article that I found interesting and that could be useful for my project and then … Continue reading

19 March, 2017 · 1 Comment

Science Fiction: Formative 2

Another formative assessment for Science Fiction! I wasn’t happy about it but it ended up being great because we had to pick a chapter from The Oxford Handbook of Science … Continue reading

11 March, 2017 · 1 Comment

New Books!

What do literature students get for Christmas? BOOOOOOOOOKS!!! I asked for quite a few and got even more than I thought I would. Let’s be real, I’ll never have time … Continue reading

10 January, 2017 · 2 Comments

Fashion and imaginary diseases in Austen’s Sanditon

Phew! Igot my Nervous Narratives essay back, the first of this year, and got 66%! It was worth spending three days at my desk, far from fresh air and occasional … Continue reading

23 November, 2016 · 2 Comments

5 Contemporary English Novels

Although literature is still one of my passions, you can often hear me complain about having to read way too many books and being sick of literature. However, this semester … Continue reading

9 June, 2016 · Leave a comment

NW, by Zadie Smith

Yesterday evening I finished reading NW by Zadie Smith for Contemporary Fiction and went to the lecture and seminar today. I felt I needed to say something about it now, while … Continue reading

12 April, 2016 · Leave a comment

Remainder by Tom McCarthy

Remainder is one of these novels that you cannot put down until you’ve finished it. It’s one of these books that you devour in two days and after the final … Continue reading

4 March, 2016 · Leave a comment

Pereira Maintains by Antonio Tabucchi

It would be hard to explain this novel: the best is for you to read it and experience it.  There is a lot going on in Pereira Maintains. It is the … Continue reading

20 February, 2016 · 1 Comment

The Gathering by Anne Enright

The Gathering is the incredible and moving story of Veronica and her trying to remember and to understand the events that happened in her grandmother’s house the summer she was eight … Continue reading

13 February, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Meursault Investigation by Kamel Daoud

If you’ve read Camus (or my blog), you will recognise the title of the novel I’ve reviewing today: Meursault is the famous protagonist of The Outsider — a novel I adore. If you … Continue reading

10 February, 2016 · Leave a comment

Formative Assessment: The Gathering

Here’s an example of the first formative assessment (it’s not marked but it’s compulsory and we get feedback on it) of the semester for Contemporary Fiction. I thought it would be … Continue reading

8 February, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Outsider/The Stranger by Albert Camus

This novel is a very famous one you’ve probably encountered before or at least heard of: Camus’s amazing novel L’Etranger was first published in French in 1942 and was first released … Continue reading

30 January, 2016 · 2 Comments

The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohsin Hamid

The Reluctant Fundamentalist  (2007) by Mohsin Hamid is the first novel of the semester I had to read for the module Contemporary Fiction and I found it awesome! It’s a … Continue reading

25 January, 2016 · Leave a comment

(Un)Translating French novel ‘Dominique’

Genesis For the Reading and Writing Translations module I took last semester, we were quite free regarding our essays and I had so much fun writing it! There were many different … Continue reading

30 December, 2015 · 5 Comments

A Day in the Life of a Literature Student: ‘The Flâneur’ and Baudelaire

‘The Flâneur’  by Walter Benjamin, from Charles Baudelaire: A Lyric Poet in the Era of High Capitalism In this essay, Benjamin explores the construction of the figure of the Parisian flâneur … Continue reading

6 November, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Day in the Life of a Literature Student: ‘Ulysses I: Stephen Dedalus’

‘Ulysses I: Stephen Dedalus’ by Derek Attridge, from How To Read Joyce Attridge’s essay explore the character of Stephen Dedalus, created and used by James Joyce in both A Portrait … Continue reading

2 November, 2015 · 1 Comment

A Day in the Life of a Literature Student: ‘Imaginisme’ by Ezra Pound

‘Imaginisme’ by Ezra Pound, from Modernism: An Anthology (Rainey) Pound’s essay ‘Imaginisme’ is an attempt to define and understand one of the modernist styles that emerged at the start of the … Continue reading

30 October, 2015 · 1 Comment

Art Spiegelman’s The Complete Maus

During last semester, a friend of mine studied this graphic novel for her course. I got really intrigued as I’d wanted to read more comics in a long time and … Continue reading

30 May, 2015 · Leave a comment

Chuck Palahniuk’s ‘Fight Club’

I finally read ‘Fight Club’ and gosh… It was awesome! The novel is full of action and tension, from the first line to the last one, and the twist is … Continue reading

20 May, 2015 · Leave a comment

3 Books That Have Changed My Life

1984 – George Orwell “Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.” I first heard about 1984 in 2009 — I was … Continue reading

5 April, 2015 · 10 Comments

‘Gender Trouble’ by Judith Butler

I had to study Gender Trouble by Judith Butler this semester, for my Reading Texts 2 Module. Last semester, we studied extracts and two full novels to explore the relationship … Continue reading

20 March, 2015 · 2 Comments

Unbelievable news, ‘Pig’ and ‘Swimming Home’

Today is a special day: I have NOTHING to do :-O . It’s hard to believe it but I’ve finally finished reading all the books for this semester! Wooooo! Champagne … Continue reading

27 February, 2015 · 2 Comments

Nabokov’s ‘Lolita’

In one word: amazing. I can’t believe I’d never heard about Lolita before and I’m glad I had to read it for my course. It was definitely my favourite novel so … Continue reading

14 February, 2015 · 6 Comments

A Hardcore Start With Toni Morrison’s ‘Beloved’

The holidays aren’t over yet, and I’m already on hardcore-mode. On Saturday evening, my new Reading Text tutor emailed everybody: we have to get and read Toni Morrison’s “Beloved” by … Continue reading

12 January, 2015 · 7 Comments

‘The Hiding Place’ by Trezza Azzopardi

This post might be slightly unusual but I really want to talk about a book I had to read for one of my seminars : “The Hiding Place” by Trezza … Continue reading

14 November, 2014 · 3 Comments
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