- 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.
Examine Thoreau’s Walden in its mid-19th-century context and for its relevance to our current culture and environmentalist thinking.
Explore the lives, times, and places of others through a variety of autobiographical books, films, and essays.
Explore the history of the mystery novel, and follow how it has changed in style and subject matter over the years.
Discuss articles from a range of magazines and online platforms, including The New Yorker and Charlie Hebdo.
Explore themes—love, death, evil, suffering, and forgiveness—across religious and literary texts from the Western canon and beyond.
Explore the vast and diverse terrain of Canada by reading and discussing literature from the country.
Discover the nightmarish alleys, world-weary heroes, and femme fatales of the American noir literary genre.
Explore poetic songwriter Bob Dylan’s extensive oeuvre, and discuss how his Nobel Prize win changes our sense of literature as a category.
Read major works by contemporary migrants and refugees from Europe, Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and the Middle East.
Explore Edgar Allan Poe’s biographical roots and itinerant career path as a journalist, short story writer, poet, and critic.
Explore the work of novelists who rely on the fusion of the magical and the real to portray the complexities of Latin American identity.
Read representative surviving texts of ancient Greek lyric poetry by luminaries of Greece’s earliest enlightenment.
Read selected international detective novels in translation and others by Anglophone writers who set their work abroad.
Read and discuss world literature published in the interwar period of 1929.
Read John Galsworthy’s Forsyte Saga, and discuss the rapidly changing Edwardian England of its time.
Discover a generation of authors likely to set literary trends well into the 21st century.
Read and analyze Virgil’s Aeneid, a thrilling epic and an exploration of the devastation of war.
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 examples of nonfiction that address issues of social justice through compelling personal stories.
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 two of Shakespeare’s greatest and most controversial plays: Hamlet and The Merchant of Venice.