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  • How do you approach the reading for supervision essays?
  • What difficulties do you encounter when reading texts in a foreign language?
  • What shortcuts have you used to identify material that is interesting and/or relevant from the large amount of secondary criticism/other reading available?
  • You’ve got several books on the subject out from a library: how do you decide what to read first?
  • How do you go about taking notes from books?
  • How much time (roughly) do you spend reading for each supervision essay?
  • Do you just read work which is relevant to the essay you are planning to write, or do you read more generally?
  • At what point in the process do you decide on an essay title (if you are given a choice)?
  • How do you know when to stop reading?