Reading for UConn Reads

By Anne D'Alleva

Explore the world of classic fiction and participate in the selection process for UConn Reads 2012-13 with Anne D'Alleva, Associate Professor of Art History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies and Chair of the UConn Reads Steering Committee.

The Semi-finalists

We have a terrific list of semifinalists for UConn Reads 2012-13. It includes any book from the general nomination list that received more than one nomination, as well as any book brought forward for consideration from the general list by the Steering Committee.

Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice*
Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451*
Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre*
Charles Dickens, Great Expectations*
F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby*
Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper and Other Stories
William Golding, Lord of the Flies*
Joseph Heller, Catch-22*
Ernest Hemingway, In Our Time*
Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables*
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God*
Jack Kerouac, On the Road*
Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird*
Gabriel García Márquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
Gabriel García Márquez, One Hundred Years of Solitude*
Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman
Vladimir Nabokov, Lolita*
Toni Morrison, Sula
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged*
Harriet Beecher Stowe, Uncle Tom’s Cabin*
J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye*
Rabindranath Tagore, Gora
Mark Twain, A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court*
Edith Wharton, Age of Innocence*
Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray*
*indicates more than one nomination

So many of these books are absolutely wonderful – and, as I’ve said before, it’s a great snapshot of the books that matter to the UConn community. Some of them may be ruled out for practical reasons: with most paperback editions of Les Misérables running over 1,400 pages, Victor Hugo’s great novel may not be the right choice for a community reading project, although I think the Steering Committee is open to persuasion…

The Steering Committee will choose three of these books for the shortlist – which ones would you recommend? Please feel free to make suggestions in the comments below.