British Literature is a college-preparatory literature survey. Focus works, including novels, short stories, poems, and drama have been selected for literary quality and for their place in the historical development of literature. Period relevant art, music, and additional context readings will be assigned, in order to provide background information about the author, the historical period, and the literary and artistic content of the focus work. As some of the works are poetry or a play, students will be encouraged to listen to professional dramatic recordings, after they have read the books. Students will gain an understanding of the development of British literature and will practice the skills of close literary analysis through class discussion, memorizing and dramatically interpreting passages, creatively imitating the work’s style or voice, and developing essays and approach papers and other evaluative writing.
For this class, students will be guided in their writing projects through class discussion, with forms, models, and a grading rubrik and receive feedback on their papers. Depending on the size of the focus work and the student’s pace for reading, writing, and researching, students should assume an average of 4 hours per week outside of class.
Required Books: Beowulf, The Canterbury Tales, Sir Gawain and selections from Edmund Spenser, King Lear, Paradise Lost, Pride and Prejudice, Great Expectations, Wuthering Heights, and To the Lighthouse. Do not worry if your student has already read one or more of the books. These are classics, so there is always more to get from further reading and study.
Pre-requisites: Students will have a minimum 2 years prior experience researching material, analyzing literature, and writing essays and will be looking to further improve upon these skills while working independently