- 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 lives, times, and places of others through a variety of autobiographical books, films, and essays.
Examine the different types of prophets in the Hebrew Bible, and explore the role they played within their larger society.
Explore the vast and diverse terrain of sub-Saharan Africa by reading and discussing literature from the region.
Discuss articles from a range of magazines and online platforms, including The New Yorker and Charlie Hebdo.
Explore the origins of detective fiction and the prominent role that women writers have played in enhancing its literary reputation. No...
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.
Read short stories, novellas, and novels that use epiphanies to explore fundamental human experiences and emotions.
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.
Deepen your knowledge of current events, criminology, psychology, and storytelling’s power by exploring narratives of crime and punishment.
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 a diversity of styles, content, and demographics as a way of appreciating the expansive range that American short fiction achieves.
Examine Thoreau’s Walden in its mid-19th-century context and for its relevance to our current culture and environmentalist thinking.
Read selections from Dante’s Purgatory, which guides readers through seven levels of suffering and ultimately to Earthly Paradise.
Explore Annie Dillard’s exhilarating stories of nature that pair first-person storytelling with philosophical and religious questions.
Examine links between the English lyric tradition and popular song, from medieval and folk ballads to contemporary singer-songwriters.
Read three delightful ancient Greek tragedies with happy endings, and explore how the Greeks occasionally imbued tragedy with optimism.
Explore how female writers, from Edith Wharton to Elena Ferrante, have created rich, complex, varied portraits of women.
Read selected international detective novels in translation and others by Anglophone writers who set their work abroad.
Discover a generation of authors likely to set literary trends well into the 21st century.
Read and discuss The Iliad by Homer, a plea for peace embedded in the archetypal epic of war.
Study five major 19th-century classics of literature that have passed the test of time.
Explore the history of the mystery novel, and follow how it has changed in style and subject matter over the years.
Explore the writings of Edward Abbey, whose radical voice is not only a cry in the wilderness, but also a cry for the wilderness.
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 sonnets and consider the potentially scandalous stories behind them.
Read and discuss three of Shakespeare’s masterpieces: The Taming of the Shrew, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and Macbeth.
Read Ford Madox Ford’s Parade’s End, and discuss the social upheaval brought on by onset of World War I.