For the first two weeks of class, we were reading books that are familiar to me; I could even say they are intensely familiar, since Grimm and Alice are both included in the reading for the classes that I teach. Dracula, though, is different - I have not read it in about twenty years I would guess. In fact, I have a funny story about that: back when I ran the office for an academic journal, I had a lot of tedious tasks to do which allowed me to listen to books on tape while I was at work (and those were literally books on tape, cassette tapes from the local public library - nothing via the Internet back then). So, I was happily listening to Dracula, alone in my office. It was a dramatized reading, and at one point, there was the very loud scream of a woman. The professor in the office next to mine came running to see if I was alright! He sure did laugh when I showed him the cassette player and assured him all was well. (More embarrassing story: I was listening to Mario Puzo's Godfather and a very explicit sexual scene was being narrated when someone walked into the office; ouch!).
Anyway, I am going to be listening to Dracula with a full cast recording this time - I am so looking forward to this! One of my very favorite audio book readers, John Lee, is part of the cast. So, here goes - I have some housecleaning to do... Dracula will be a wonderful accompaniment. For all that I am disappointed by the online learning aspects of this Coursera course, I continue to be thrilled by the reading list. Exciting!