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The CCSJ Summer Reading Program

We're offering three ways to keep reading and talking about books this summer:

Option 1. (a) Set your goal for summer reading. Five books? Ten? (b) Share your goal in CCSJ's Wavelength group on Facebook. (c) Pick up reading lists in the English department, get recommendations from faculty--any faculty--or develop a reading list of your own. (d) Plan an informal discussion on each book you finish. You can come in to Professor Rodriguez's office, Room 181 to chat. Contact her by e-mail to find out when she will be on campus: .

Option 2. Anyone interested in reading Thoreau's Walden? We can meet Wednesdays at 4:00 p.m. and discuss it chapter by chapter.

Option 3. Is there a book or a series of books you'd particularly like to read and discuss with others (for example, the great Russian novels, Steinbeck novels, Faulkner novels, Austen novels, Latin American writers)? Let's do it! Suggest an idea for a book group and we can meet weekly in the English lounge.

The English Department's Fall 2015 welcome back party will recognize summer reading accomplishments with prizes and some great discussion. Be sure you're ready--read this summer! Take a look below to see what we'll be reading this summer.

Christopher Buczinsky

Chris Buczinsky, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of English
Office: Room 519
Phone: (219) 473-4250

My Summer Reading List:
1. Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad
2. Tristram Shandy by Laurence Sterne
3. Black Lamb, Grey Falcon by Rebecca West
4. The World of Bruegel by Timothy Foote
5. Pastoralia by George Saunders

Recommended List:
1. The Erotic Mind by Jack Morin
2. The Wall Street Journal Complete Personal Finance Guidebook by Jeff Opdyke
3. Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu
4. Dear Theo: The Autobiography of Vincent Van Gogh by Irving Stone
5. The Gift: Creativity and the Artist in the Modern World by Lewis Hyde

Ginger Rodriguez

Ginger G. Rodriguez, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Room 520
Phone: (219) 473-4273

My Summer Reading List:
1. On Literature by Umberto Eco
2. Richard II, Henry IV, and Henry V by William Shakespeare
3. Theory of the Novel: A Historical Approach by Michael McKeon, ed.
4. Margaret Fuller: A New American Life by Megan Marshall
5. The Mirror and the Lamp: Romantic Theory and the Critical Tradition by M.R. Abrams

Recommended List:
1. The Penelopiad, a contemporary updating of theĀ Odyssey, told from the perspective of the stay-at-home Penelope, by Margaret Atwood
2. Cold Mountain, another re-visioning of theĀ Odyssey, this one set in the Civil War by Charles Frazier
3. For Whom the Bell Tolls, a classic about love and war in Spain by Ernet Hemingway
4. The Mask of Apollo and The Last of the Wine, historical novels that my freshman history teacher recommended long ago (that I've loved) and that help readers envision ancient Greece, by Mary Renault
5. The Alexander Trilogy by Mary Renault

Kirk Robinson

Kirk Robinson, M.F.A.
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Room 515
Phone: (219) 473-5308

My Summer Reading List:
1. Exhibiting Cultures: The Poetics and Politics of Museum Display by Steven D. Lavine
2. Absalom, Absalom! by William Faulkner
3. Why Art Cannot Be Taught by James Elkins
4. Madness, Rack and Honey: Collected Lectures by Mary Ruefle
5. Bunch of Amateurs: A Search for the American Character by Jack Hitt

Recommended List:
1. The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach
2. The Lost City of Z by David Grann
3. Ariel by Sylvia Plath
4. The Liar's Club by Mary Karr
5. What We Talk About When We Talk About Love by Raymond Carver

Mark Cassello

Mark Cassello, M.A.
Assistant Professor of English
Office: Room 521
Phone: (219) 473-4322

My Summer Reading List:
1. Antony and Cleopatra by Shakespeare
2. Field Notes on Democracy by Arundhati Roy
3. Man of the Hour by Octave Thanet
4. Mapping Ideology by Slavoj Zizek
5. Ask the Dust by John Fante

Recommended List:
1. Devil in the White City by Erik Larsen
2. The Big Sea by Langston Hughes
3. The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann
4. Rules for Radicals by Saul Alinsky
5. The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck


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Program Director: Christopher Buczinsky
Room: 177
Telephone: (219) 473-4250
FAX: (219) 473-4259

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