- 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.
Examine Anthony Trollope’s penetrating insights on political and social issues in his Palliser novels.
Read examples of works in which brilliant minds use their gifts to entertain, inspire, engage, and enlighten us.
Explore the richness and complexity of Don Quixote within the socio-political-cultural framework of turn-of-the-17th-century Spain.
Read and discuss recent plays that have won playwriting’s top prize, and as a class, attend a Pulitzer Prize-winning play.
Explore how female writers, from Edith Wharton to Elena Ferrante, have created rich, complex, varied portraits of women.
Examine the choice between art and life faced by creative individuals by reading the works of Kafka, Maugham, Goethe, and more.
Read and discuss selections of both fiction and nonfiction that deal with illness, recovery, and healing.
Deepen your knowledge of current events, criminology, psychology, and storytelling’s power by exploring narratives of crime and punishment.
Study five major 19th-century classics of literature that have passed the test of time.
Read and discuss Melville’s classic novel and venture into the New York neighborhoods where the author and his characters toiled.
Read and discuss 10 short novels that voice the aspirations of American society and register the diversity of the American experience.
Examine eight novels that use moving, memorable stories to illuminate the injustices evident in cultures and communities.
Examine how five well-known playwrights bring moving, memorable stories to the stage and illuminate injustices evident in culture and communities.
Read and discuss selected works by Latin American women writers that display their sustained engagement with women-centered issues.
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.
Discuss articles from a wide range of magazines, including The New Yorker, the London Review of Books, and Charlie Hebdo.
Delve deeper into the meaning of Robert Frost’s poems, explore the complexities of his personal life, and discover how they are interwoven.
Explore Shakespeare’s plays Richard II, Henry IV Part 1, and Henry V 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.
Read and discuss global short stories that are capable of translating experience across cultures and mingling artistic experimentation with mission.
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.
Read and discuss short stories by classic and contemporary Irish writers, and explore Ireland’s great heritage of storytelling.
Discuss major new work by today’s top writers, including emerging novelists, award winners, and established favorites.