British Literature will include novels, short stories, poems, and drama, have been selected for literary quality, and for their place in the historical development of literature. Context readings provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic context of the focus work.
By the end of the course, students will:
- Possess a broad knowledge of the history and development of British literature.
- Have specific understanding of selected representative texts by major authors of the periods studied.
- Have a general understanding of the historical and cultural contexts of the works.
- Be able to analyze literary texts and present thoughtfully developed ideas in writing.
- Demonstrate competence in essay organization, style, and mechanics.
High school students will gain an understanding of the development of British literature through an in-depth guided study of nine great works. Students will study the following literary works in this course:
- Canterbury Tales by Chaucer
- Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
- The Faerie Queene (Book 1) by Edmund Spenser
- King Lear by William Shakespeare
- Paradise Lost by John Milton
- Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
- Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
- Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
- To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
Students will need to purchase British Literature, available through Everyday Education, as well as have access to the books listed above.
Honors addendum available.
Suggested prerequisites: basic understanding of literary analysis and a thorough understanding of how to write an essay.