On the Subject of Reading Lists, Take 2

As I mentioned before, one aspect of how the Seton Hill MFA program is structured is the “Readings in Genre” courses. Students in the program complete a minimum of three (the courses themselves are offered in cycle, the focus repeating every third semester). Entering my second semester, and second Readings course, here’s what’s on tap for the term ahead.

Horror: Hauntings
Hell House – Richard Matheson
The Shining – Stephen King
Ghost Story – Peter Straub
The Haunting of Hill House – Shirley Jackson
The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold
A Christmas Carol – Charles Dickens
Grave’s End – Elaine Mercado
The Amityville Horror – Jay Anson
The Others
Paranormal Activity
May Genres, One Craft – ed. Michael Arnzen & Ruby Miller
SF/Fantasy: Fantasy Classics
A Short History of Fantasy – Farah Mendlesohn and Edward James
The Hobbit – J. R. R. Tolkien
A Wizard of Earthsea – Ursula LeGuin
Nine Princes in Amber – Roger Zelazny*
The Riddle Master of Hed – Patricia McKillip*
Anubis Gates – Tim Powers
War for the Oaks – Emma BullNote:
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz – L. Frank Baum
The King of Elfland’s Daughter – Lord Dunsany**
The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe – C. S. Lewis
Witch World – Andre Norton* Determined by polling of registered students
** 3rd in voting for the “student selected” books
Mystery: Classics
Hound of the Baskervilles – Arthur Conan Doyle (Intellectual Detection)
The Seven Dials Mystery – Dame Agatha Christie (Cozy)
The Big Sleep – Raymond Chandler (Private Eye)
Brat Farrar – Josephine Tey (Criminal as Protagonist)
Lady Killer – Ed McBain (Police Procedural)
Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy – John LeCarre (Suspense)
Whip Hand – Dick Francis (Thriller)

Romance Classics
Pamela Regis, A Natural History of the Romance Novel
Pride and Prejudice – Jane Austin
Jane Eyre – Charlotte Bronte
A Civil Contract (Regency) – Georgette Heyer
Nine Coaches Waiting (romantic suspense) – Mary Stewart
Shield’s Lady (futuristic) – Jayne Ann Krentz
Montana Sky (western) – Nora Roberts

· One contemporary book of your choice that you believe will become a classic, according to our class discussions and readings. Don’t choose this book now; wait until at least halfway through the course.

In addition to the above, the “common novel” for the next Residency will be Ernest Cline’s Ready, Player One. Everyone in the program also has an assigned “Craft” book for the semester… mine is James Scott Bell’s Plot & Structure.

  1. #1 by Jenni on April 24, 2013 - 18:43

    Jeff, I am in the children’s books RIG this semester…do you want our reading list?

    • #2 by Jeff Evans on April 25, 2013 - 12:59

      Yes, that would be great! Email it to me through my campus account. Thanks!

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