The term is over, exams included. The last month was a veritable maze of studying – finishing out the coursework after the last assignments, and then studying and distilling down the contents of the course, and making the nerve-wracking choices of what topics to study in depth.
The whole thing came out fairly well in the end. The Sociology exam was not problematic, and I’d covered enough of the topics to be comfortable coming out of the exam hall. The History exam was, to be honest, a pleasure. I could have answered six of the eight questions, and I only had to answer three. And while the literature exam had some curve-balls on it, I still got my three questions in without difficulty. I’m confident of passing, which is all I need, and I might even do well.
I’ve a large pile of summer reading lined up – starting with Naomi Klein’s No Logo, which is of interest in terms of both sociology and, I think, literature – brand in literature seems like something that’s under-examined. It ties in to William Gibson’s Zero History, which I read earlier in the year and enjoyed immensely. A good chunk of the reading pile is unashamedly academic, too – some of my own, including one of the history textbooks for next year’s course, and some interesting looking items pilfered from my wife’s PhD reading.
I expect this blog to be quiet enough over the summer, and to pick up again around August/September, as I start planning the second year, wherein I’ll be doing two literature modules, and one history.