I’ve been blogging about books for many years. My most recent endeavor began in 2010 with the launch of The Canadian Book Review. Recently though, I’ve felt the need to start reading more “classic” literature, however that may be defined. In a way, I feel like I’m plugging the huge holes in my reading history and education.
I have a Bachelor’s degree in English literature, specializing in Canadian literature. I also undertook a Master’s program in the interdisciplinary field of Island Studies, with a focus on small island culture and literary history. My interest in literature is complicated; I enjoy reading and talking about books, but yet I was often extremely frustrated with the cold heartless manner in which the academic study of literature is undertaken. Courses are so narrow and monolithic that it makes seeing the wider perspective difficult. Since my earliest days as an undergrad almost two decades ago, I’ve approached literature as being representative of a very specific moment in time. Every great, and even not so great, piece of writing is the pure intersection of history, geography, and psychology.
There are so many important books that I haven’t read; at this point in my life, I feel like I am ready to undertake a reading of the cornerstones of Western literature that have been ignored by my literary education, be it formal or informal. And why have a blog about this project? None of my friends are high-brow literary people. My wife is an early childhood educator and doesn’t really read literature, my son is 1 year old so he’s not up for an in-depth discussion, my close friends aren’t into this world, and my coworkers read crap and have no tolerance for good writing, so I present my thoughts to you, dear reader.
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