- Analyzes, Interprets, and Critiques Literature
- Provides Lively Discussion and Debate
- Develops Cultural Aptitude
These courses provide the opportunity to read and discuss novels, short stories, memoirs, plays, and poetry. You will explore classic and contemporary literature from ancient texts to current bestsellers as you gain skills to analyze, interpret, and critique writing; develop cultural aptitude; and participate in nuanced discussions and lively debates.
This course introduces the genre of detective fiction from its origins in the 19th century to present-day rewritings of the form.
Read John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga, and discuss the rapidly changing Edwardian England of its time.
Read and discuss 10 short novels that voice the aspirations of American society and register the diversity of the American experience.
Explore Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, and Henry V and the cultural forces that helped to shape them.
Read and discuss short stories by classic and contemporary Irish writers, and explore Ireland’s great heritage of storytelling.
Read and discuss recent plays that have won playwriting’s top prize, and as a class, attend a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Read and discuss selections of both fiction and nonfiction that deal with illness, recovery, and healing.
Discuss articles from a wide range of magazines, including The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and Charlie Hebdo.
Examine Anthony Trollope’s penetrating insights on political and social issues in his Palliser novels.
Explore the richness and complexity of Don Quixote within the socio-political-cultural framework of turn-of-the-17th-century Spain.
Deepen your knowledge of current events, criminology, psychology, and storytelling’s power by exploring narratives of crime and punishment.
Explore how female writers, from Edith Wharton to Elena Ferrante, have created rich, complex, varied portraits of women.
Read and analyze Virgil’s Aeneid, a thrilling epic and an exploration of the devastation of war.
Read and discuss Melville’s classic novel and venture into the New York neighborhoods where the author and his characters toiled.
Examine how five well-known playwrights bring moving, memorable stories to the stage and illuminate injustices evident in culture and communities.
Through close reading of passages in class, master the difficult styles in Ulysses, considered by some to be the greatest novel ever written.
Explore two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, King Lear and Twelfth Night, and the cultural forces that helped to shape them.
Delve deeper into the meaning of Robert Frost’s poems, explore the complexities of his personal life, and discover how they are interwoven.
Examine two of Shakespeare’s controversial masterpieces and the cultural forces that helped to shape them.
Study great Australian authors who incarnate in their work Australia’s aspirations and ideals, as well as its failures and tragedies.
Relive—or enjoy for the first time—the fabulous adventures of Odysseus as he journeys home to his wife and son after the Trojan War.
Explore a diversity of styles, content, and demographics as a way of appreciating the expansive range that American short fiction achieves.