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English 12/World Literature 2

In this course, students examine classic and contemporary world texts through literature, essays, and film. Students learn to evaluate secondary sources and engage in deeper readings of the texts in preparation for the complexity and rigors of college analysis. Students explore thematic connections that run through classic and modern works from differing cultural traditions. Among the authors recently studied are Achebe, Atwood, Camus, Carver, Conrad, Ishiguro, Kafka, O’Connor, Olen Butler, Orwell, Shakespeare, and Sophocles. Students are expected to think independently, do close readings, and articulate their interpretations maturely and thoughtfully. Major assignments include oral presentations, critical commentaries, and essays that further develop the analytical skills acquired in the junior year.

There are two core mods that are unique to this course. For the third mod, students can choose from any of the following:

Creative Writing: Focus on Style (ENG510C)
Creative Writing: Focus on the Novel (ENG510F)
Creative Writing: Focus on the Screenplay (ENG510K)
Exploration of Memoir (ENG520A)
Autobiographical Writing (ENG520K)
Shakespeare in the 21st Century (ENG530C) (This course will not be offered in 2022-23.)
Encountering the Holocaust through Literature (ENG540C)
Science and Literature (ENG550C)
Being Human: Intro to Philosophy (ENG650A)

In addition, the English course work that is part of the immersive courses Vergil’s Aeneid (ENG930R) and Transformative Justice (ENG980X) can be used as the third mod of this course.

Min-Max Credit Hours: 3.0-3.0