2018-2019 Course Catalogue

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The English Department strives to develop in each student strong reading, writing, and critical thinking skills and to provide an intellectual framework that encourages students to consider a wide range of ideas and human experiences. Literature courses introduce...

This yearlong course introduces students to the concept of literature as an expression of cultural tradition and identity through the exploration of works from the world canon. While reading literature from numerous continents and time periods, students strengthen and...

This yearlong course provides intensive practice writing non-literary essays in rhetorical modes and enhances students’ skills in literary analysis. As they practice varied rhetorical approaches, students also develop a sense of purpose in their essays and learn to write...

This survey course covers authors and works in the literary movements comprising the American canon from 1620 to the present. The course addresses the historical and cultural contexts of each major literary era and author to encourage students to engage with the religious, political...

[Open to juniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
This survey course in major authors and works of the American canon is intended for students who possess a genuine interest in undertaking a challenging and rigorous study of...

[Open to juniors through application. Must be taken concurrently with the same course in the History Department.]
The Honors American Studies course centers on the study of the history, culture, and society of The United States...

[Open to seniors per departmental guidelines and placement.]
AP Literature and Composition focuses on in-depth literary analysis of both canonical and contemporary works of western culture. Students are required to demonstrate college-level mastery...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
The Romantics are visionary explorers and idealistic rebels who guide us to perceive ourselves and the world anew. They remind us that there is more to this world than first meets the eye and enchant us with the notion that...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
A hero, a monster, and a legendary sword; knights, damsels, and Medieval storytellers. From epics to quests to pilgrimage stories, the verse narratives of early British literature explore the social and moral lives of every social class from...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
Many classic British novelists have offered striking visions of dystopian future societies as a way of urging readers to look critically at their present-day societies. In this class, students will...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
What does it mean to be human? Why do we love? Why do we hate? To what do we aspire? What motivates our individual thirsts? What do we regret and grieve? Shakespeare’s complex exploration of life’s fundamental questions...

[Semester course open primarily to seniors.]
As the oldest form of western literature, tragedy has long influenced playwrights, novelists, and poets, and its influence still pervades even contemporary art. This survey of tragedy focuses on tragedy’s origins in Ancient...