So, tonight, I've been sitting here re-reading "The Yellow Wallpaper" for tomorrow's class, and I started thinking that I've probably read this story more times than I've read any other literary text. And, strangely, whenever I read it, I always notice new lines that I haven't really noticed in the past, and I think, "Really? Was this line always in here? Has she always referred to a servant named 'Mary'? Has she always used the phrase 'nervous depression'?" It just freaks me out as I think about the seeming impossibility of me not remembering these details after so many readings, and then I start to wonder if some scholar found a different edition of the text that's now being anthologized, and then I think, "Nooooo," and then I start to feel a bit like the narrator as I get paranoid and perseverate on these details. Maybe it's worse when the moon is out.
Anyhoo, I started wondering if "The Yellow Wallpaper" really is the literary text that I've read more than any other, and I started wondering what all of you have read more than any other text--something you've taught or not. "The Yellow Wallpaper"? "Prufrock"? "The Cask of Amontillado"? Maybe we shouldn't count texts that were central to your dissertations. . . but I'm not sure what perameters to put in place here. So you decide how to answer.