Update (19/10/2013): Since beginning my third year at university about a month or so ago, I’ve been completely immersed (submerged would be a much more appropriate term to use) in the never ending process of research for my 8,000 word dissertation. As you’ve probably guessed by now… I’m focusing on Bruce Springsteen’s semblance to American Masculinity (pretty much my dream assignment, and whats more, I chose it!). I aim to analyse a cross section of his lyrical output from his boardwalk beginnings in 1972 through to his 80’s heyday and finishing off just before his temporary hiatus from the E Street Band in 1987-88. This won’t be strictly chronological (and certainly not biographical for that matter, that isn’t my concern here) but I do intend to demonstrate how Springsteen (we’re in the realms of literary theory here don’t forget) has reached some form of progression throughout is career in both his depiction of and engagement with gender relations.
Whilst I have quite a well grounded and thorough plan of action (I have to invoke my inherent sense of masculine binary pro-activeness here, even if it is a load of codswallop..) I’ve still got a long way to go in terms of sifting through my ever expanding list of critical and comparative reading (cue references to the works of Richard Ford, Raymond Carver, Walker Percy and T.C. Boyle..) What you can see above is roughly 60% of my selected reading for my essay (note that this has already increased drastically since I uploaded this picture) whilst a sizable chunk, (‘Casino Royale’, ‘In Between The Sheets’, ‘Enduring Love’ and ‘Reality Hunger’) are either not directly related to my dissertation or (as is the case with ‘The Sunset Limited’) are just books which I just happened to have bought alongside my research texts (so, basically because I like reading).
As with any protracted piece of work, the whole process is incredibly lengthy; which at the moment just consists of me with my head in a multitude of books at any given time (it is fun I promise.. at least for me it is..!) Inevitably, this leaves me with less time to sit here writing away about what I’m actually reading (whether that actually be related to my dissertation or not), hence the reason why I haven’t been blogging anywhere near as much as I’d hoped (apologies there to anyone who has been waiting patiently for the next instalment..).
From now on I’ll be blogging as often as I can, so you’ll be pleased to hear that I’m saying goodbye to protracted absences from the Blogging Crowd!!
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Anyway, do feel free to leave a comment! I’d love to hear your thoughts on anything I’ve covered so far and of course, on any recommendations you’d like to share.
See you all soon!