- 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.
Explore the myriad of ways that writers have drawn from the Bible as a source for ideas.
This course will examine Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Explore the lives, times, and places of others through a variety of autobiographical books, films, and essays.
Explore the vast and diverse terrain of sub-Saharan Africa by reading and discussing literature from the region.
Explore the origins of detective fiction and the prominent role that women writers have played in enhancing its literary reputation.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.
Explore the grand themes and philosophical ideas that inspired ancient Greek dramatists.
Examine the different types of prophets in the Hebrew Bible, and explore the role they played within their larger society.
Discuss articles from a range of magazines and online platforms, including The New Yorker and Charlie Hebdo.
Read Thomas Mann’s novella, Death in Venice, along with the ancient Greek literature that served as Mann’s inspiration.
Experience literary works written in 1985, an explosive and eventful year on the global stage.
Survey some of the best contemporary Irish short fiction, starting with work from icons like George Bernard Shaw and Seamus Heaney.
Deepen your knowledge of current events, criminology, psychology, and storytelling’s power by exploring narratives of crime and punishment.
This course is devoted to the modernist novels of the 20th century that now enjoy classic status.
Examine eight novels that use moving, memorable stories to illuminate the injustices evident in cultures and communities.
Learn how to download and listen to a variety of the best podcasts—an emerging form of storytelling for the digital age.
Examine Dante’s Inferno and its key themes, overall message, and place in cultural and literary history.
Explore Shakespeare’s epic Roman tetralogy: The Rape of Lucrece, Coriolanus, Julius Caesar, and Antony and Cleopatra.
Explore Shakespeare’s sonnets and consider the potentially scandalous stories behind them.
Read short stories, novellas, and novels that use epiphanies to explore fundamental human experiences and emotions.
Read Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, and discuss the social upheaval brought on by onset of World War I.
Explore the lives and legacies of America’s greatest artists, from dancers and actors to musicians and comedians.
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.
By reading some of their acclaimed novels, explore how female authors see the world and portray their distinctive experiences.
Read the first five books of the Bible, tracing the processes by which they were formed and considering the multiple contexts that informed them.