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I know the sciences always end up trumping us humanities people in book prices, but that's a fair amount of money when you only make around $100 a week.
How much do you usually spend on books?
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But you are right about the broke thing.
I'm actually sort of disappointed, though--I liked having an excuse to buy books!
Occasionally I have a class in which copy costs get expensive, when there's a large bibliography of articles that aren't available on JSTOR or through some other electronic avenue.
That doesn't include the online reader and other readings I have to print out each week.
I guess you're right, christychesnet - that's what I get for taking lit classes. ;-D
What kind of books do you have to buy, though? I always thought literature would involve reading... well, classic literature, and that it would be available at every library and cheaply at used bookstores.
I don't know about "actual" Lit. people, but as an MFA, most of my books are obscure poetry books, some of which are quite possibly out of print.
As for the library, well, the ones that are there have been taken out indefinitely by the professor. :-P
But, optimistically speaking, you're still in the black, eh, love?
*So says the girl with a whopping ten-spot in her wallet. ; )
Our diets are deplorable, we barely sleep, and we are stressed and overwhelmed most of the time. They should put warning labels on grad school applications.
It really sucks we can't do that though, because books are not cheap and we have to buy so many of them!
As for picking up obscure poetry and prose on the cheap, I've always found http://www.bookcloseouts.com and http://www.half.com helpful.
And yes, I'm broke, broke, broke. I'm planning my wedding in June (one month after graduation) and that's left both me and my fiancee pretty much strapped.
Things should look better next month. I'm working full-time so that makes the money side easier, but then I scrabble for time and energy.
I don't have to buy too many books, no classes = no required reading plus I get a small allowance from my department which I can use either to go to conferences or to buy books so it is only the utterly essential to my research that I splash out on.
I also was in a class for which the professor said "bring in the edition of your choice and we'll compare editions". That was fun. Some of them were a LOT different.
AND still I'm broke! And I really need a Riverside Chaucer which is about $100 (Haven't been able to find a decent used copy at a reasonable price) and that Liuzza book that is out of print on the Old English gospels.
So this quarter was the cheapest since I spent only 64 dollars on books. Every other class I'm in had no books--only one class needed books.
Thank the literary gods.
At least next year for my thesis year all I need to do is apply ass to seat and type.
Luckily my topic for my creative thesis is covered in tons of books at the library (I'm doing a series of connected poems about memory and memory loss). I mean, IF I ever go for my phd, then it'll all be obscure work where I'll feel the pain (poetry translation).