The Maymonster Guards the Light at the End of the Tunnel

timeeyeballsbooksIf there is a light at the end of the graduate school tunnel, then its entrance is guarded by a mythical creature I’ve begun calling the “Maymonster.” It’s a bastardization of another creative term that my school uses–the “Maymester.” Maymester is where one crams sixteen weeks’ worth of classes and study into three and a half weeks in the month of May. As someone who operates better–or perhaps, only–with a deadline, I couldn’t resist the notion of getting one class closer to graduation in a very finite period of time. However, as someone who enjoys sleeping and working and having a life, I probably should have reconsidered.

I can only write and joke about the Maymonster now because I’ve defeated him. I’m on the other side of attending class five days a week, reading a novel a day, and completing two papers and two oral presentations. I’m on a short break now before I begin a more leisurely eight-week summer school course on Chaucer. That’s why I’m finally able to update Southern Spines.

The upside to my Maymonster class was that I really enjoyed the topic, texts, professor and my fellow classmates. The class was an introduction to the history of African American religion and its place in literature. Since my post about the books for my feminist literary theory class was so popular, I thought I’d include another gallery with the books from my African American religion class. I admit to not reading every single one of these books in great detail; I had to skim a few in order to prepare for classroom discussion. I’m eager to revisit some of the books later when I have more time. Right now, I’m powering through my classes and working toward a goal of completing my degree in December. Gulp.

  • Go Tell It On the Mountain by James Baldwin
  • Parable of the Sower by Octavia E. Butler
  • Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
  • In My Father’s House by Ernest J. Gaines
  • Jonah’s Gourd Vine by Zora Neale Hurston
  • Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Jacobs
  • Quicksand by Nella Larsen
  • Sarah Phillips by Andrea Lee
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison
  • Paradise by Toni Morrison
  • Canaan Land: A Religious History of African Americans by Albert J. Raboteau
  • The Color Purple by Alice Walker
  • By the Light of My Father’s Smile by Alice Walker
  • Our Nig by Harriet E. Wilson
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2 Responses to The Maymonster Guards the Light at the End of the Tunnel

  1. Anita June 5, 2014 at 11:50 pm #

    Holy shit, 3.5 weeks!! Baby girl you have some determination!! I am equally excited for you! Enjoy a little rest…I hope you enjoy Chaucer. BTW, those are some wonderful books you read. Miss you…be well!

    • Alison Law June 6, 2014 at 9:10 am #

      Anita, thank you for reading my online whining. The prof picked some wonderful books. I highly recommend listening to Toni Morrison narrate her audiobooks. I bet she could even make stock quotes sound lovely.

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