Category Archives: Proposals

2011 Reading List

I started a survey to select the 50 books I’m planning to read for the challenge group I joined on Shelfari. This is what looks like the final lineup, listed alphabetically by author:

  1. Raptor Red – Bakker, Robert T.
  2. A History of the World in 10 1/2 Chapters – Barnes, Julian
  3. Fahrenheit 451 – Bradbury, Ray
  4. A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bryson, Bill
  5. Naked Lunch – Burroughs, William S.
  6. Fledgling – Butler, Octavia
  7. Ender’s Game – Card, Orson Scott
  8. The Songs of Distant Earth – Clarke, Arthur C.
  9. Last of the Mohicans – Cooper, James Fenimore
  10. The Passage – Cronin, Justin
  11. Raise the Titanic! – Cussler, Clive
  12. Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? – Dick, Philip K.
  13. Silas Marner – Eliot, George
  14. The Neverending Story – Ende, Michael
  15. Madame Bovary – Flaubert, Gustave
  16. Daughters of a Coral Dawn – Forrest, Katherine V.
  17. How to Read Novels Like a Professor – Foster, Thomas C.
  18. The Princess Bride – Goldman, William
  19. Stardust: The Cosmic Recycling of Stars, Planets and People – Gribbin, John
  20. Far from the Madding Crowd – Hardy, Thomas
  21. The Sun Also Rises – Hemingway, Ernest
  22. God is Not Great – Hitchens, Christopher
  23. A Doll’s House – Ibsen, Henrik
  24. A Prayer for Owen Meany – Irving, John
  25. The Turn of the Screw – James, Henry
  26. A Language Older Than Words – Jensen, Derrick
  27. On The Road – Kerouac, Jack
  28. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo – Larsson, Stieg
  29. A Wrinkle in Time – L’Engle, Madeleine
  30. A Fine Balance – Mistry, Rohinton
  31. A Portrait of Jennie – Nathan, Robert
  32. The Reckoning: The Murder of Christopher Marlowe – Nicoll, Charles
  33. Inferno – Niven, Larry
  34. 1984 – Orwell, George
  35. Common Sense – Paine, Thomas
  36. Whitechapel Gods – Peters, S.M.
  37. Woodsburner: A Novel – Pipkin, John
  38. Reading Like a Writer – Prose, Francine
  39. Contact – Sagan, Carl
  40. Franny and Zooey – Salinger, J.D.
  41. No Exit – Sartre, Jean Paul
  42. A Tree Grows in Brooklyn – Smith, Betty
  43. Zodiac – Stephenson, Neal
  44. Walden – Thoreau, Henry David
  45. Infinite Jest – Wallace, David Foster
  46. The Glass Castle – Walls, Jeannette
  47. The Importance of Being Earnest – Wilde, Oscar
  48. The Stone Gods – Winterson, Jeanette
  49. The Voyage Out – Woolf, Virginia
  50. Enchanted Glass – Wynne Jones, Diana

Blog Proposal: The Names

Explanation and Justification

Thomas King’s novel, Green Grass, Running Water, is saturated with allusions to literary and historical figures.  It has been a favourite novel of mine for years, yet every time I re-read it, I discover a deeper meaning.  There are many allusions of which I am not aware, and I am not well versed even in the ones I have uncovered.  Examining the allusions will bring out the depth of the novel, and from this, I hope to be able to produce intelligent and fresh commentary on the text.

Project Idea

“Words have meaning and names have power.”

-Author unknown

I propose to examine different allusions in this blog, placing them in their historical and/or literary context.  I will be looking at the relationship between names and characters.  Names indeed have power, and in literary works, the author has an opportunity to conciously select the names that the characters will bear.  By investigating the choices that King made in writing this novel, I hope to gain a greater understanding of how each name fits within the novel’s overall meaning.  The key topics I will be researching are:

  • The names of the major characters, and what they symbolize.
  • The significance of fictional place names (most significantly Blossom, Alberta).
  • Allusions in the names of supporting characters and what significance they have to King’s overarching story.