Women’s Literature

This course explores literature written by and about women throughout the ages and throughout the world. Using novels, short stories, plays and poems, students investigate the journey of self-discovery of various female authors and characters, from Biblical times through the post-apocalyptic world, from the United States to Europe, and from the Middle East to Latin…

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Literature of War

War has served as a central source of inspiration for writers from antiquity to modern day as they grapple with its very essence. Is war just? Is war ethical? Is war necessary? This course explores the literature of war as students examine how war has been represented and memorialized across time and borders. Students consider…

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Literature of Social Change – Honors

The study of literature has always helped us to understand what it means to be human. Through the stories we tell, we learn to empathize with others, and sometimes those stories are powerful enough to change society. Literature not only mirrors traditional social structures, which are sometimes characterized by social injustice, but it also illuminates…

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Literature for the Inquiring Mind – Honors

An English class is a space to explore journeys of inquiry, discovery and connections. In this course, students are asked to take the helm of their literary adventures, each driving his/her own learning, while the teacher’s role is to facilitate the learning process. At the beginning of each unit, students are presented with a question,…

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Life According to the Ancient Greeks and Romans

This course allows students to read authentic Greek and Roman texts in translation, discuss the issues in themes arising from the works, respond to “unanswerable questions” raised by ancient authors, and contemplate the ideas contained therein to draw conclusions about the modern world through an exploration of the ancient civilizations of Greece and Rome. Readings…

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International Literature

What is the nature and function of storytelling? What is revealed about a nation through its storytelling? What does the outsider looking in at a nation see through that nation’s literature? What commonalities and differences exist between other nations and the United States? The selection of texts in this course is designed to expose students…

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The Harlem Renaissance

This course offers a comprehensive exploration of the African American experience in the early 20th century. The course illuminates and embraces the vibrancy of the Harlem Renaissance, and makes known the challenges experienced by members of the black race leading up to the movement and beyond. The course concentrates on the literature of the time,…

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Gothic Literature

If you have ever seen a scary movie, been told a ghost story or read a Harry Potter novel, you have experienced a form of contemporary writing or filmmaking that has been influenced by Gothic literature. In this course, students learn about the origins of Gothic literature; they read, analyze and emulate a variety of…

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Film Criticism – Honors

The objective of this course is to learn to perceive, understand and evaluate films more effectively, with greater confidence, clarity and enjoyment. To achieve this objective, students examine the basic principles and techniques of film art, with emphasis on the complementary contributions of the director, cinematographer, editor and screenwriter. Students gain an understanding of basic…

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Evolution of the American Dream

Who are we as a nation? How did we construct our national identity? What role did literature play in the construction of that identity? Who was part of this identity construction and who was absent from it? What obstacles and challenges did we encounter or create during this construction process? These are a few of…

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