- 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 will examine Barnaby Rudge and A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens.
Explore the myriad of ways that writers have drawn from the Bible as a source for ideas.
Experience literary works written in 1985, an explosive and eventful year on the global stage.
Read novels from 2005 that respond to the conditions that marked the beginning of 21st-century culture.
Examine Anthony Trollope’s penetrating insights on political and social issues in his Palliser novels.
Explore the lives, times, and places of others through a variety of autobiographical books, films, and essays.
Read examples of works in which brilliant minds use their gifts to entertain, inspire, engage, and enlighten us.
Survey some of the best contemporary Irish short fiction, starting with work from icons like George Bernard Shaw and Seamus Heaney.
Read the works of Latin American writers have given their personal versions of “dictatorship and its discontents.”
Read about women living in different times and places and their dilemmas in love, marriage, family, and work.
Examine the different types of prophets in the Hebrew Bible, and explore the role they played within their larger society.
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.
Read and discuss five memoirs that succeed in relating personal stories to a larger social and political framework.
Explore the vast and diverse terrain of sub-Saharan Africa by reading and discussing literature from the region.
Examine eight novels that use moving, memorable stories to illuminate the injustices evident in cultures and communities.
Examine how eight well-known playwrights bring moving, memorable stories to the stage and illuminate injustices evident in culture and communities.
Discuss articles from a range of magazines and online platforms, including The New Yorker and Charlie Hebdo.
Explore two of Shakespeare’s best-loved plays, Twelfth Night and King Lear, and the cultural forces that helped to shape them.
Explore two iconic Shakespeare tragedies, Othello and Romeo and Juliet, and the cultural forces that helped to shape them.
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.
Explore the accounts that some exceptional writers who are women have given of their lives, times, places, and experiences.
Explore the origins of detective fiction and the prominent role that women writers have played in enhancing its literary reputation.
Read the first five books of the Bible, tracing the processes by which they were formed and considering the multiple contexts that informed them.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.